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My Story: Giving Hope to Others Like Me

I remember the day that changed my life. It was October 5, 2011, when I opened an email from a friend, clicked on the link she sent and watched as a quadriplegic man moved a robotic arm with his thoughts.
It was thrilling to watch, and my first thought was, “It is so cool that he can do that.” My second thought was “I wish I could do that!”  I’ve been a quadriplegic for eight years and wheelchair-bound for 12. As the video ended, a UPMC doctor said that for the research to continue they needed money, scientists, and – volunteers! A phone number came up on the screen. (more…)

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Holiday Tip of the Day: Candle Safety

Lots of people decorate with candles around the holidays. And although candles offer a lot of ambience and great scents, open flames can also pose a serious hazard. According to the National Fire Prevention Association, the top three days for home candle fires are Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

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