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NEW ENGLAND, N.D.—Six-month-old Henley Johnson likes to play with her sisters, crawl on the floor with her toys and cuddle with her mom and dad. She's tiny, weighing 11 1/2 pounds, but she's strong—she has to be. Henley, daughter of Jessica and Kyle Johnson of rural New England, was diagnosed with Shwachman-Diamond Syndrome (SDS)—a rare congenital disorder characterized by pancreatic insufficiency, bone marrow dysfunction, skeletal abnormalities and short stature.
DICKINSON, N.D. — Digging up dinosaur fossils means getting into the dirt, often on your knees and under the blazing sun. But seldom has the work ever been more rewarding than a field trip taken to north-central Montana this summer.
DICKINSON, N.D. -- Matthew Jahner is no stranger to bone-marrow biopsies, blood draws and the side effects of chemotherapy. The 24-year-old Dickinson native was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia in December 2008, and went into in remission twice before the cancer returned a third time this February. "Here we go again," Jahner said in a phone interview from Seattle.
DICKINSON, N.D.—Five-year-old Tyson Williams darted around Rocky Butte Park in Dickinson on Wednesday—up the hills, through the trees and back to the playground. He was still learning to use to his newest lower limb prosthetic leg, but that didn't slow him down as he ran ahead of his mother, Misti Williams. Tyson, who attends kindergarten at Prairie Rose Elementary School and celebrates his sixth birthday on Oct.
DICKINSON, N.D. — Sue and Gene Jackson of Dickinson were surrounded by babies when they visited the Casa Jackson malnutrition hospital in Antigua, Guatemala, but Gene was drawn to 2-year-old Rudy. The child was listless and weighed 13 pounds when he arrived. Gene encouraged him to eat, changed his diapers, rocked him and taught him to play “patty cakes.” “After a week, Rudy was smiling, he could sit up and he was much more responsive to human stimulation,” Gene said. Casa Jackson is a part of the God’s Child Project in Antigua that was started in 1991 by Patrick Atkinson of Bismarck.