The Gift of a Mentor

Never underestimate the power of mentorship.  This story shows that gift first hand where one young man’s experience led to him paying it forward.  It illustrates the beauty of when we give things like time and wisdom it can lead to receiving joy and knowledge…mentor and mentee teaching and learning from one another.  Click the…Read more »

What an Achievement!

You remember that old back-to-school essay question . . . What did you do over the summer?  Most students won’t have much to write about after months of staying at home because of the pandemic, but Thomas F. Khairy has something to say.  He had an article published in the prestigious New England Journal of…Read more »

Window of Hope

This COVID-19 patient’s recovery was arduous, but his care team was there every step of the way.  The messages they left on his window were encouraging.  After he recovered, he was able to leave them a message of gratitude.  A huge thank you to all the doctors and nurses who give selflessly to help the…Read more »

A Special Teacher

Teachers didn’t get to finish out last school year like they planned.  They’re not starting this school year in the classroom with their students.  Yet, teachers find a way to reach their kids.  This teacher usually has a publication party for her students.  Every year she has a stuffed animal created to be an exact…Read more »

Remembering Katy

On Monday we brought you the story of child prodigy and jazz musician Matthew Whitaker.  Today we’re bringing you the story behind the story.  Katy Textor was the producer of the story, but she died before the story was completed.  In today’s Story of Joy, her friends and co-workers remember her and the dedication and…Read more »

Seeing Music

No one can tickle the ivories like 18-year-old jazz musician Matthew Whitaker! Matthew has been vision-impaired since birth. His remarkable story begins with a diagnosis that he wouldn’t be able to walk or function to discovering he is a child prodigy with an unparalleled gift for music. Matthew says, “I am a musician, who happens…Read more »

Mother-Daughter Doctors

We shared a story about some new doctors with you earlier this week.  Today we’re sharing another one.  This time it’s a mother-daughter pair of doctors.  That’s right!  A mother and a daughter graduating from medical school at the same time!  Meet the new doctors and hear how they’re hoping to inspire others by being…Read more »

Honk for the Doctors

New doctors are graduating this summer and heading to the front lines of the pandemic.  The University of California Irvine School of Medicine’s recent graduation ceremony was quite unusual, but it didn’t squelch the enthusiasm of this new group of doctors.  Their dedication and hope are inspiring.  We wish them well as they care for…Read more »

We’re Going to Harvard

With the pandemic, college life will look different this fall, but to Rehan Stanton it’s going to look great!  After a life of hardship and many, many challenges along the way, Rehan is headed to Harvard Law School.  With the help and encouragement of others, he found a way to persevere.  He may be going…Read more »

Rest in Peace, John Lewis

John Lewis died Friday evening.  With his death, the United States lost a Civil Rights icon and a voice for justice.  John Lewis was arrested again and again for speaking his mind and demonstrating for equal rights. Yet, he continued to speak with hope for what America could be.  He demonstrated that hope when he…Read more »