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Cancer researcher Kimberly Dahlman is too busy to run in the Boston Marathon, but she’s doing it anyway — for her daughter

By Leigh MacMillan

“Even though I felt like I was already over-committed, I knew that I needed to do this"

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As the Medical Center’s homeless housing navigator, Michelle Southard spends her days finding homes for patients of all backgrounds

By Kelsey Herbers

“I began to realize that people aren’t homeless just because they lack housing.”

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Longtime Children’s Hospital chaplain Raye Nell Dyer returns to serve at LifeFlight

By Jerry Jones

She joins a small cadre of other flight chaplains in the U.S.

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Nurse anesthetists raise more than $10,000 for Employee Hardship Fund

By Kelsey Herbers

A competitive spirit mixed with delicious homemade baklava can achieve powerful results

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Passion for horses leads Vanderbilt surgeon to national championship in dressage event

By Kelsey Herbers

Bethany Gallagher and her horse Fabiola have been a dream team since Fabiola was four years old

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VUMC newlyweds celebrate love and fitness

By Tavia Smith

For Michael and Sarah Palevo, love blossomed amid the exercise equipment at Vanderbilt's Dayani Center

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Black History Month inspires VUMC dermatologist Aleta Simmons’ office door makeover

By Paul Govern

Adorning the figure’s shoulders, Simmons has placed photos of friends and colleagues in her network of African-American female physicians.

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A Children’s Hospital parking valet taught himself origami art so he could share it with children. For one little boy, that simple gesture means everything.

By Nancy Humphrey

Coming in for treatment is hard for 5-year-old Ollie Faircloth, but seeing valet Mohamed Elshami brings a smile every time. Ollie calls Mohamed his friend. Mohamed calls Ollie his hero.

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“You don’t need to be afraid.” A 10-year-old’s words of comfort to an adult facing surgery.

By Christina Echegaray

Leslie McDaniel had never had surgery in her life and was apprehensive. Bethany Lafata, 10, is already an expert at preparing for surgery, so she shared encouragement and advice.

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