Oct 27, 2011

Local Dentist Steps Up

Photo from www.nbcchicago.com 
A Lincoln Park dentist is helping give a carjacking victim a new smile.

Dr. Jack Manikowski decided to help 18-year-old Edwin Rodriguez after seeing a story about him on NBC 5.

The story detailed how Rodriguez got carjacked early Wednesday morning outside the Wit Hotel.  He suffered several injuries after being dragged from the car for about a block. 

Dr. Manikowski watched the story and saw Rodriguez's bruises and three broken teeth.  He contacted NBC 5 and the station let the teen in on the good news today-- the generous dentist will be fixing his teeth free of charge! I love to hear about Chicagoans helping Chicagoans!

Check out the update from NBC 5: 

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Oct 20, 2011

On The Rise

A senior at Illiana Christian High School in Lansing has created her very own style and fashion magazine for teens and young adults.

17-year-old Chloe Graham always wished magazines would focus more on "real" people like herself.  Since many of them don't, she decided to take matters into her own hands.  Graham decided to start a magazine that would focus on real people, real fashion, real body shapes and real sizes.

Her very first magazine, uStyleu, came out this summer and the fall issue comes out tomorrow!

Graham says she started the magazine because she wanted to uplift people.  In between high school and running a magazine, she takes time out to talk to students at local elementary schools and encourages them to follow their dreams.

This young woman is already making a big difference... and she's only a senior in high school! Can't wait to see what more is in store for her! 

Check out these stories about Chloe in the local media:

Southtown Star:  Be proud of who you are

Oct 10, 2011

Marathon Inspiration

Every year, I love hearing the inspiring stories from the Chicago marathon.  This year, I was super inspired by Tatyana McFadden! 

The 22-year-old finished 1st place in the women's wheelchair division and will now be heading to London for the 2012 Paralympics.

Photo from www.TatyanaMcFadden.com
It's not just the fact that she's an amazing athlete that makes Tatyana so inspiring.  It's the fact that she came from nothing and has had to fight hard to get where she is today. 
Tatyana was born in Russia in 1988 with spina bifida. She was paralyzed below the waist and sent straight to an orphanage, where she spent the first six years of her life using her arms as legs because the orphanage couldn't afford a wheelchair.
Then a Maryland woman working with the US Health Department visited Tatyana's orphanage on a business trip.  She decided to adopt Tatyana after meeting her-- changing the little girls life forever.  
Tatyana came to the U.S., got a wheelchair and got involved in many different sports.  Growing up, she took advantage of the opportunity and has since become a powerful athlete known around the world. She currently has six Paralympic medals and also won the Chicago Marathon in 2009! Pretty amazing!
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