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Of Heroes and Gold Medals

Posted on December 25th, 2012 by Margaret Shepard

John Greller with his wife and sonWhen John Greller won three gold medals for swimming during the National Kidney Foundation's U.S. Transplant Games, he gave them to his heroes.

The first went to his wife, Jane, who has remained by his side, as John says, "in sickness and in health." The second medal went to his son, Brian, who donated a kidney to his father. And, in a surprising finish, the third gold medal went to his transplant team at Mayo Clinic.

"I thank God every day that I came to Mayo," says John. Read the rest of this entry »

Surgery puts an end to life-limiting epilepsy seizures

Posted on December 25th, 2012 by Margaret Shepard

Melissa Bruesehoff with her familyMelissa Bruesehoff is a wife, mother, teacher and church council member — titles that for many years she couldn't imagine claiming. Bruesehoff was diagnosed with epilepsy when she was 4 years old, and complications from the condition prevented her from experiencing many things that most people take for granted.

"During my school and college years, extracurricular activities weren't an option," says Bruesehoff. "I struggled with learning, and at times I worked with a tutor. I spent many more hours doing homework than a usual student." Read the rest of this entry »