Steve Parker taught tennis in the Bethesda area for more than three decades. When he suffered a stroke in April 2020, players stepped up to help him—and they haven’t stopped.

By their side

College sophomore Nick Opack has Type 1 diabetes. So does his younger sister and their father. For years they’ve relied on dogs who are specially trained to detect the scent of low blood sugar and alert them when something is wrong.

Fighting back

After Mark and Jenny Mosier lost their 6-year-old son, Michael, to a rare form of brain cancer, the Bethesda couple committed to doing whatever it takes to keep other families from suffering the way they have

‘A sense of peace’

Before the pandemic, hospice volunteers could hold patients’ hands and talk with them face-to-face. They’re still finding ways to keep patients comfortable—and that connection helps the volunteers, too.


As a child, Megan Mendoza faced leukemia, then a relapse and the bouts of depression that came along with it. Pediatric nurses had such an impact on her life that she decided to become one, too.

‘Miracle man’

When Mike Lavorel developed a rare infection, likely from something he ate, it didn’t look like he would survive. Less than a year later, the Bethesda dad was coaching soccer again—and adjusting to challenges he never expected.

The detective

A Rockville doctor on food allergies, surprising diagnoses and why some people shouldn’t get a dog

A lasting gift

When a Silver Spring dad was diagnosed with an aggressive form of leukemia, his teenage son was his best hope for survival

Camp Jojo

Less than two years after the death of Whitman student Jojo Greenberg, her mother found a special way to honor her—and help other teens affected by mental health struggles