Dr. Javeed Khan's path to Quincy began in a city of 10 million on the other side of the world. Born in Bangalore, India, the country's third largest city, Khan's parents reinforced, essentially from birth, the importance of education and the need to become either a doctor or an engineer.
Anissa Sadeghi's connection to animals is ineffable - something, she said, you either have or you don't have - but she describes it as a deep compassion. Animal rescue has forced Sadeghi to make some tough choices. It has pulled her away from some milestones in her children's lives. She justified the sacrifices by staying focused on the end result and on the values she hoped her children would later emulate.
Maj. Andy Miller Jr. is a fifth-generation Salvation Army officer, but his journey into the position was winding.
The eldest of four siblings -- one year older than his sister who didn't play much and five years older than his brother -- Jim Duvendack spent hours shooting hoops by himself at his family's rural Brown County home.
Pat Heinecke's first few months as director of the Community for Christ Assistance Center in Camp Point have been chaotic. The center has a thrift store, food pantry and offers emergency rent and utility assistance. Heinecke - a retired school administer - oversees all of it.
Physician Sumul Gandhi breaks the mold of the high-pressure profession. The 35-year-old dermatologist at Quincy Medical Group was valedictorian of his high school class, earned three masters degrees simultaneously and, for a long time, was anything but relaxed.
Sitting with her son while he received chemotherapy, Maureen Makarewicz had a realization.
Kim Straube, 57, has spent almost 30 years trying to claw her way back to where she was before the death of one of her sons. "This is where I catch myself wanting to make excuses. It's nobody's fault but my own," she said. "I remember drinking to stop seeing my son's death. For a long time I would wake up and have the vision of his little body in his casket."
When his 11 grandchildren were younger, Dwain "Doc" Preston would write each one a personal book as a present. Years later, he estimates there are around 150 books he has written accumulated in four households around the country.
Kae Blecha is trained in occupational therapy, plays viola with the Quincy Symphony Orchestra ... and considers herself a medium with the ability to speak to the dead. WITH VIDEO.