Author: Joanne Barker

Liam’s lump: A family faces surgery

Liam, who had a thyroglossal duct cyst, poses with his older brother.
Liam, left, and his older brother Nolan (PHOTOS COURTESY OF LIAM’S FAMILY)

Liam likes to move fast. He rides his bike fast, kicks the soccer ball fast, and swings fast on the swing set. At the local pool, his cannonballs are bigger because of his fast running start. “Liam is the wild man in our family,” says his mom Julie. “Nothing seems to scare him.”

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A diagnosis of Down syndrome motivates a family to go the extra mile

Mae, who has Down syndrome, sits on the bottom of a slide. As she leaves nursery school at the end of each day, Mae Tapley blows kisses to every person she passes on her way to the door. For her mother, Susie, watching teachers and staff step out into the hall to wave to her daughter is a welcome change. Three years ago, when Mae was born with Down syndrome, it seemed like no one knew what to say to her.

“When you have a typical child, people tell you how beautiful they are,” says Susie. “With Mae, no one told us she was beautiful or that she would have a full life until we came to Boston Children’s Hospital. They believed in her from the first day.”

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