athlete spotlight: oscar pistorius

Pistorius (right) with three athletes representing South Africa in the Summer Olympics [by Brandon Wiggins] When Oscar Pistorius was born with fibular hemimelia — defective leg bones — his parents faced a difficult decision. They could have doctors amputate both of Oscar’s legs below his knees or have him spend his life in a wheelchair. […]

logging in, reaching out

When Alice-Lyle Hickson’s youngest son, William, was diagnosed with mitochondrial disease in 2007, a year after he was born, she wasn’t sure where to turn. [by Florence Bryan] Hickson, who lives in Columbia, S.C., worried it would be difficult to find a support system of families who also have children with mitochondrial disease. With two […]

dance: four little words

Lauren Fayerman is not your idea of the typical professional dancer. Although Fayerman, who has Down syndrome, might face different challenges than other dancers, her passion for the craft has no difference from that of her fellow dancers. Ever since her childhood, Fayerman, now 24, always knew she wanted to be on stage, and she […]