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Articles in Exceptional Lives, Local Profile, April Blackburn and May Guides

New Venture Theatre

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“I’ve been extremely proud of our community because our audience has donated to make sure we get back on our feet as much as possible.”... Read full article

Dancing Through Life Despite Diagnosis

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The day after Kelli Guillory was born, she stopped breathing twice. The code blues were terrifying experiences for her mother, Jennifer Guillory. But the medical professionals weren’t sure why baby Kelli was having trouble.... Read full article

Finding Strength in the Struggle

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“I don’t remember a time when I was ever not conscience of my weight. I did a lot of swimming and played a lot of sports, but I was heavier. I was a bigger kid,” shares Jessica Stafford. When Jessica was 15 years old, she was in a bike accident tha... Read full article

A Little Ray of Sunshine

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Meet this Exceptional Life.... Read full article

Two Steps Forward, One Step Back: The Long Road to COVID-19 Recovery

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After the birth of her second daughter, Gracie, on April 2, Stephanie Melancon had two days at home with her family of four before their lives turned upside down.... Read full article



Perfect Match Kidney Transplant Makes Dream Come True

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The summer before going to college, Ali Hooks began noticing something was wrong. After her move from Opelousas to Lubbock to attend Texas Tech, she sought medical help for the first time in her young, healthy life.... Read full article

Louisiana Spirit

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The summer sunshine gleams off the blacktop road in a neighborhood near Greenwell Springs. FEMA trailers stand in front of vacant houses, and abandoned homes dot the street with cracked windows and tall grass.... Read full article

Knock Knock Children’s Museum

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Knock and the door will be opened. This summer, Baton Rouge families will walk through the doors of early childhood education paradise.... Read full article

A Love Like Any Other Child

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When Carter Williams was born, everything was fine. But when Carter was three months old, his parents Lauren and Casey Williams realized something wasn’t right because he didn’t make eye contact.... Read full article

Moms on Campus

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When LSU graduate student Wendy Hansing gave birth to her son, she realized that support and spaces for mothers on campus were limited. Not only were there no centralized resources from which mothers could receive information and help, but there was ... Read full article

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