The gold Egyptian ankh ring Jack Kent wears at all times is a reminder of the exciting decades he spent working for the federal government. It tells a secret story of foreign missions, a story few even know exists.
Some dates never leave you. Some experiences are so painful or so joyous, that the moment they occur is instantly and forever etched in your memory. Tamara Mayfield's most painful date is June 13, 2003.
Judy Bilbo has spent most of her life on the outside looking in. The daughter of a United States Air Force airman and a Thai woman, she walked the line between two cultures and was never able to put down roots as a child. Now an employee of Blessing Health System and an Ironman athlete, she coaches several Quincy area runners.
Thirty-five years is a long time to hold on to anything painful, especially if you don't fully understand it. Jeff Snyder was 20 when he "proudly entered the U.S. Army." He was deployed to Vietnam in March 1971, but he didn't come back the same. "I still don't like crowds. I can't be in crowds. I can't be," he said.
Patrick Weppler's easy going nature has been put to the test more than once. His son, Jackson, was diagnosed with hepatoblastoma, a rare liver cancer, in October 2012. When Jackson was 3, a doctor told Patrick and his wife, Leila, that Jackson would more than likely have to go to hospice. "You can't wrap your head around that. Neither of us would take no for an answer. I was just going to go from city to city until I found someone that said, 'Yes' (to performing a liver transplant)."
Dorothy Bizer can no longer tell her own story. That task is left to her husband, Bob. With the help of other church members, Bob erected a sort of memorial at Trinity Church, where Dorothy has been a member for almost 100 years.
Jim Wienhoff's life is on hold. After receiving a stage 4 colon cancer diagnosis in 2014, he was given six months to live without chemotherapy and three years with chemotherapy. He decided a third option was his best path. Wienhoff instead decided to pursue Gerson therapy, an alternative treatment method not approved by the FDA for use as a cancer treatment in the United States.
Sam Karoll's life experiences transcend his young age. Karoll, 26, was born in Atlanta and adopted by Monty and Laura Karoll of Quincy when he was 6 months old.
Through a civil war and several setbacks, Dr. Emmanuel Bessay never gave up his dream of practicing medicine. He is a native of Liberia, a country first formed as a colony for free-born American blacks.