Participants

2018 Pediatric

Royce Lee Keller II

Defying the odds with courage and hope In 2006, Stephanie and Royce Keller welcomed their first child into the world: Royce Lee Keller II, who today is 12 years old….

Megan Touchstone

Moving through the pain Megan Touchstone can no longer dance, but she won’t let pain hold her down. Megan was only 12 years old when she had her first flare…

Sellars L. Vines, II

Turning a life-changing accident into a mission to help others The pain started with a fall. Sellars L. Vines, II, on spring break during his eighth-grade year, was trying to…

Maggie Rozich

Fighting for fair treatment, education, and respect Margaret G. Rozich—Maggie, to friends and family—has lived with pain since birth. Her mom, Debbie, only knew she was pregnant for about a…

Mathiaz Rocha

Finding sources of support all over For Mathiaz Augustin Rocha, 14, chronic pain began at age 10. He started having headaches once or twice a week; then day after day,…

Liam O’Reilly

Passionate about helping others, and planning for a career to serve others Liam O’Reilly has never known life without pain. However, the 12-year-old and his family refuse to let his…

Emmalene Lara

From diagnosis to hope: Becoming Emma The birth of a first child can be one of the most joyous moments in a person’s life. This was the case for Rebekah…

Cole Swanson

Staying cool in the face of adversity As an infant, Cole Swanson always wanted to be barefoot; he managed to figure out the zippers and snaps of his footie pajamas…

Ryane and Robbi Blazzard

Pushing through the pain to lead full lives For the Blazzard family, pain has been ingrained in their lives since the very first days of their daughters’ lives. “We are…