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Stories

Be inspired by real stories of people at Advocates who are overcoming challenges and reaching for their dreams.

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Rhea Gallagher: a mother, caregiver, and advocate

Being an advocate is not easy. Even after 40 years, Rhea still finds it difficult, and understands why many parents don’t do it.

Andy: Living with Prader-Willi Syndrome

Andy was born with Prader-Willi syndrome (PWS), a genetic disorder that affects appetite, growth, metabolism, cognitive function, and behavior. People with PWS have a constant urge to eat. They always feel hungry, even minutes after finishing a meal.

Noel: From Recovery Home Resident to Program Director

Noel had a good job, a college degree, and an active social life. On weekends, he went to clubs with friends. Life was good. Things quickly went downhill when he was arrested and spent six weeks in jail.

MaryAnn: Staying Active in the Community

MaryAnn is one of the many individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities or autism who attend our Life Skills and Learning Center in Ashland. She has gained confidence from the communication, job, and social skills she has learned there.