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A Thank You Letter to UCLA on behalf of my Father

A Thank You Letter to UCLA on behalf of [...]

To the UCLA medical team who cared for my father in his final weeks of life: My father, Frank Eck, recently passed away on the…
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Tommy Chong talks colorectal cancer, colostomy bags and the healing power of humor

Tommy Chong talks colorectal cancer, col [...]

Tommy Chong has had many identities in his decades-long career: comedian (he’s half of the Grammy Award-winning comedy duo Cheech & Chong), actor,
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Better than a pit crew: UCLA

Better than a pit crew: UCLA

It’s two different stories for two different children,” says Jeremy Ellertson, father of 11-year-old Christian and 3-year-old Christopher. Both children suffered from a heart disease…
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The sleeve gastrectomy was the tool I needed to turn my weight loss failures into a weight loss success story

The sleeve gastrectomy was the tool I ne [...]

Being an overweight child, an overweight teen and then an overweight twenty-something is not a fun experience.
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Seizure-Stopping Surgery

Seizure-Stopping Surgery

"Jonah has been dealing with epilepsy for three years now," says Susan Sanders, mother of 8-year-old Jonah Sanders. "He wasn't getting seizure control with any…
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7 Foods to Eat for a Healthy Heart

7 Foods to Eat for a Healthy Heart

Keeping your heart healthy is important. You've probably heard plenty about the foods that you shouldn't eat to keep your heart healthy, but there are…
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Operation Eyelid Reconstruction

Operation Eyelid Reconstruction

"In 2005, I got hit by an IED. My teammates were ambushed, and I suffered the brunt of the blast. Eighty percent of my body…
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A long distance to travel for a special Doctor

A long distance to travel for a special [...]

6For over 21 years I've had medical issues that continue to keep doctors scratching their heads. I've had a central IV line for 21 year…
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Secret Weapon: Dad

Secret Weapon: Dad

Secret Weapon: Dad. When 20‐year-old Alec Kupelian went to the ER at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica one Saturday, he never expected cancer was the…
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A Birthday to Remember

A Birthday to Remember

"I was perfectly healthy a little over a month ago, then I started having headaches and fatigue. I was admitted into the hospital on my…
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Saved My Life Twice

Saved My Life Twice

60 years ago I was a preemie baby at UCLA fighting for my life. Once again I am here to have UCLA take care of…
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