Michaela Cook of Beaver Falls didn’t hesitate to give her husband one of her kidneys in 2010. The couple had two young children when Erik Cook’s organs were damaged beyond repair by type 1 diabetes. Like most living organ donors, Michaela was motivated by the desire to help a very sick loved one.

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  • Issue Quarter Summer
  • Issue Year 2017
Brothers Tim and Joe Scherer have always been close. They play on the same men’s softball team in Beaver County. They talk on the phone every day. Whenever one needs help on their home, they’re there for each other. In August 2015, Tim learned he needed a kidney. For reasons unknown, his body…

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  • Issue Quarter Summer
  • Issue Year 2017
  • Sub Heading Transplantation continues to evolve with some of the pioneer’s unproven theories
We’ve all been there. You think you might have the flu, and you need to see a doctor, stat. You call your PCP but she’s booked solid for the next three weeks. So you hop in your car and fight the traffic to the urgent care clinic, only to find out there’s an…
My father was a country doctor; my mom, a nurse. Their relationship was grounded in the values of service and compassion, and they included their children — me, for sure — in that vision. So I made house calls with my dad and, among other things, got to practice parallel parking while delivering Meals on Wheels with…

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  • Issue Quarter Winter
  • Issue Year 2017
  • Sub Heading A life’s recounting in the subject’s own words
  • Sidebar Title Jim Withers, M.D.
  • Sidebar Sub Title Street Doctor
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    CNN Top 10 Heroes” (2015)

    Street Medicine Institute, founder & executive director (2008 – present)

    Pittsburgh Mercy’s Operation Safety Net, founder & medical director (1992 – present)

    Mercy Hospital, physician & instructor (1984 – present)

    University of Pittsburgh, M.D. (1984)

    Haverford College, B.S. Chemistry (1980)

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