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Inspire

Spectrum Health makes it easy and fulfilling for people to achieve their best health.

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Stronger than ever

At age 5, a heart warrior bravely undergoes surgery for a rare congenital condition.

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‘On death’s doorstep’

Vietnam veteran Charlie Bell thanks God and his medical team for a lung transplant that gave him a new lease on life.

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Holding her heart in her hands

After transplant surgery, a woman plans to have her diseased organ plastinated so it can serve as a teaching specimen to help others.

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‘I feel alive’

Little Naomi Gomez battled leukemia. Then a stroke. Now she's back to living life.

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Life with Luke

Doctors said baby Luke Worley was 12 hours from death. Today, he's a thriving, striving 6-year-old enjoying life.

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‘I don’t want to go back’

Jalyn Phelps struggled with weight issues for years. Bariatric surgery helped her build an active, new lifestyle.

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Brave like a bear

Bryar, a 2-year-old from northern Michigan, fights back after a bone marrow transplant to treat acute myeloid leukemia.

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Your top stories of 2019

Get your daily dose of inspiration by exploring our most extraordinary stories of survival, miracles and medical innovation.

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‘You need to stay happy’

For Hope Gonyon, a 9-year-old who has spina bifida, surgery gives a boost in independence.

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‘We’re not made of glass’

Swimming in the World Transplant Games lets Fred Nelis test his limits.

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‘Nothing will stop me’

Little Zinnia DeMaria has defied the odds since Day 1. Now the 7-year-old is in 'turbo mode' after 22 surgeries and months in the hospital.

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Helping Grandpa, bead by bead

A 10-year-old’s craft project becomes a source of motivation for people receiving stem cell transplants.

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