Life without limits

Story By Vanessa Mosharaf Photos By Sarah Griffith When Hilary Gill walks into room 120 at South Bosque Elementary, she is greeted with a huge smile and an enthusiastic “Giillll!” It’s just Ben. Again. One of her favorites. As the physical therapist for Midway Independent School District, Hilary visits...

Community backbone brings hope to East Waco

Story By Brittany Hardy Photos By Sarah Groman Shirley Langston, owner of Restoration Haven, is passionate about seeing lives change. Determined and business-like as she relays the details of the organization, tears fall from her dark eyes as she transitions into describing what makes her demanding job worth it....

Going the distance

He is crazy. Out of his mind. Borderline insane. They were all saying that; his friends and family tried to rationalize his decision to no avail. Nobody could figure it out. Why was he putting himself through this? Did he even know what his decision entailed? Not fully aware of that himself,...

Defeating Dyslexia

Cat." "C-A-T." The word is simple and familiar as it slips off the tongue. Elementary, one could say. We are so at ease with this word because we grew up learning the basics of reading and writing with words such as this. "Cat." For a dyslexic child, this word...

Fighting to Survive: Inside the Neonatal Unit

Stephanie Ramirez holds her 3-day-old daughter, Michelle, in her arms while the tiny newborn sleeps in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Hillcrest Baptist Medical Center. Michelle was delivered five weeks early....

A Good Death

Nina Ferguson, 91, is resting in a hospital bed in her room in the home she shares with her friend and caregiver, Lucy Lupu. Nina is slender and frail - Lucy estimates her carrying weight at 95 pounds - but her eyes are bright and clear, and she thumps...

Q & A with local volunteers

Story By Lela Atwood Kay Furman Mission Waco Q: Why should people volunteer? A: Volunteering brings a different kind of satisfaction than a job. You do it solely when you want to with the satisfaction and the knowledge that you are helping people. You get a better idea of...

Cancer Never Looked So Good

Almost 10 years after recovering from breast cancer, Deborah Deaton heard what no woman wants to hear: "Your breast cancer has returned, and it's worse this time."...

Safe: When abuse hits home

Story By Melyssa Brown Photos By Stephen Green LAST AUGUST, KAREN FINALLY DID IT. “And he’s outside and he came up, just like a tornado, screaming in the front yard, hollering at me.” He told her they needed to talk. Her friend begged her not to get in his...

Poor on Purpose

ix friends sit together outside of Common Grounds on a damp and drizzly evening. The table's overhead umbrella keeps them dry as they discuss theology and the true meaning of Christian community, conversation foreign to most university coffee shops, but typical at Baylor....

A Second Chance at Home

The weather was unusually mild for Texas, the air barely warm in spite of the bright sun. The grass was still a bit damp from the previous night's storm. Green fields stretched for miles in all directions. It was a perfect day for riding horses....

Teaching Confidence

After Hurricane Katrina swamped his hometown, 15-year-old New Orleans native Killian "Bingo" Zacharias would soon find himself in a new state and a strange community – Waco. He would also find himself repeating his freshman year because his academic records had been destroyed by Katrina, along with everything else...

More Than Just Kid Stuff

Today 67 children in the United States will be diagnosed with autism: more than AIDS, juvenile diabetes and cancer combined. With so many children and families affected by the disorder, the Waco community has come together to help....