Personal trainer Chris Ranes is no quitter and practices what he preaches. The owner of Fitness Ranes gym spends countless hours encouraging clients with gentle admonishments such as "Don't quit," "Push harder" and "You've got this."
Melaca Cannella felt exhausted from her everyday activities and was sleeping more than half the day. Her skin was extremely dry and her voice hoarse. Her vision became blurry, and she forgot simple things like the PIN for her bank card.
Sharon Yoshizu and 8-year-old daughter Shaley share much more than hugs and kisses. Their lives are filled with monthly doctor's visits, intravenous infusions, weekly injections and daily doses of medication, yet you won't hear them complain much.
Carissa Kano describes herself as a "quadruple threat" during her formidable middle school years. She wore glasses, braces on her teeth, a leg brace to deal with ankle problems and a back brace for scoliosis.
Lauren Watanabe considers herself a perfectionist. "I have always felt that there has only has been one distinct path for me," she said. "In my mind, becoming valedictorian, obtaining leadership roles in clubs and organizations, and paving a straight road to a stellar law career was all that I needed."
Berrie Straatman undergoes dialysis treatments three times a week at the Fresenius Medical Care dialysis center on Kapahulu Avenue but doesn't let that get in the way of his exercise routine and active lifestyle.
The first two years after being diagnosed with ALS, or Lou Gehrig's disease, in 2006, Rick Raker was determined to continue his work as an electronic medical record trainer and programmer with Kaiser Permanente.
James Bell received devastating news on April 4, 2010. The 61-year-old Waimea resident was diagnosed with stage 4 glioblastoma multiforme, the most common and aggressive form of brain cancer, and was scheduled for surgery to remove the tumors the following day.
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