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The Kids of Yoocan Continue to Shine 


Editor’s Note: In 2016, Moshe Gaon, a successful businessman and investor, put his other endeavors on hold to create Yoocan. Inspired by his nephew, who was born with a host of health conditions, he set out to build a global platform for people to share their stories of living with a disability. Three years later, nearly 2,000 storytellers have been featured on the site and more submissions are received daily. Many of the stories come from parents who bravely talk about the struggles and joys of having a child with a disability. Wheel:Life got updates from three of those parents who, along with their children, are showing the world that disability won’t keep them from living their best life!

Eudora and Her Little Red Wheelchair

Despite a rocky entrance into this world, including a long hospital stay, feeding tubes, and several inconclusive diagnoses, Eudora continues to wow everyone around her. Since her mom, Eleanor, shared her story on Yoocan in August of 2018, Eudora has been one busy girl!

Eudora, a little girl with dirty blond hair wearing a read sweater, rests her head on her brother's shoulder, a boy with wispy dark brown hair wearing a read t-shirt.

After a few years of intense use, Eudora’s wheelchair was revamped this summer with two new wheels and castors as well as a front-wheel accessory to help her enjoy some off-road action. Eudora also took her first-ever airplane trip in July — a quick flight over the English Channel from her home country of Scotland to Brittany, France. Her wheelchair arrived safely, and she and her family had a blast hanging out at the beach and sipping coffee at the waterfront cafes.

A little girl, Eudora, sits in a window seat on an airplane.

Now at five years old, Eudora is ready to start primary school this fall, and she can’t be more excited. She’ll have plenty of stories to tell her new classmates about her adventurous summer, recent modeling gigs, and a role in one of her favorite children’s series that will be airing this Christmas. She’ll also be joining the Red Cross to raise money for refugees this fall by logging five self-propelled miles in her wheelchair. Go, Eudora! Check out @littleredwheelchair on Instagram for more photos!

Eudora, a little girl with dirty blond hair, is in a grassy field sitting in her wheelchair looking over her shoulder at the camera.

Eudora’s Yoocan story can be found at Life’s Sweetest Surprise: Eudora

Nothing Can Slow Noah Down

a little boy with a red baseball cap is sitting in his orange wheelchair and using an adaptive tool to dig in the sand

In less than four years of life, Noah has already beat cancer twice and is a spinal cord injury survivor as well.  His disabilities don’t hold him back, though. Noah’s time has been filled with back-to-back adventures since his mom, Ivona, posted on Yoocan in April of 2018. Not knowing where to look for support at first, Ivona eventually discovered that even though there aren’t any organizations in Canada specifically for kids with SCI, help is still available through other resources. By networking with fellow parents of children with disabilities, Ivona heard about Million Dollar Smiles, a nonprofit that builds playsets for kids with disabilities. After she contacted the charity this summer, a group of volunteers came to their home and created a backyard playground with an accessible swing just for Noah!

A group of people wearing blue shirts stands in front of a wooden playset with a yellow slide

When he’s not playing in his backyard, Noah likes to attend a program through ParaSport Ontario called Cruisers. There, he gets to participate in various sports from week to week. Wheelchair basketball didn’t work out too well because the ball won’t stay in his lap due to his small size. But that didn’t phase him because he gets to do so many fun activities with Cruisers, including learning to propel a racing wheelchair from Canadian Paralympian Isaiah Christophe! His mom loves that he’s interacting with other kids and adults with disabilities and feels it’s building his self-confidence as he learns that using a wheelchair is nothing to be ashamed of.

Although at Cruisers, Noah is surrounded by fellow members of the disability community, this summer, he also attended a camp where he was the only kid in a wheelchair. His mom was a little anxious about it at first, but Noah had a great time and came home having made a lot of new friends. He enjoyed camp so much that he didn’t want to leave!

Noah, a little boy, is in his wheelchair in a gym. His has a big smile on his face, and we see some other people in the background.

Thanks to physical therapy and rehabilitation sessions in both the US and Canada, Noah is gaining strength and mobility in his legs. Although he doesn’t see the point in learning to walk since he’s so comfortable with his wheelchair, he can now stand on his own with the help of a walker and KAFO braces.

Noah, a little boy, is sitting on a wooden block with a physical therapist supporting his back. Another PT is holding a box while Noah uses a stick to go fishing for items in the box.

Noah also got a new wheelchair this summer equipped with a front central caster that allows him to navigate bumps and uneven terrain more easily. It will surely be helpful while he’s playing with his new friends at recess when he starts school this fall!

To keep up with Noah’s adventures, follow @think_boundless on Instagram. His Yoocan story can be found at How Noah Beat Cancer Twice!

Erez Celebrates His 11th Birthday

Editor’s Note: Wheel:Life also caught up with Yoav Gaon, the father of Erez, the boy who inspired the creation of Yoocan. Here’s what the family has been up to this summer in their home country of Israel.

A young boy stands with his arm around Erez who is in his wheelchair. Many children are in the background.

“Our amazing, happy boy, Erez, celebrated his 11th birthday in July. Erez was born with a rare condition called giant congenital nevi and neurocutaneous melanosis, scoliosis, and more. Erez does not stop sharing his smiles and positivity with the world. He celebrated his birthday at our house with friends from his regular and special school, family friends, and family. Everyone had a blast. A television reporter was even there to show the event nationally following the release of Erez’s mom’s new novel The Flower Quilt, which tells her and Erez’s story in an empowering and direct way. 

Erez rides a merry-go-round with the support of a woman

Following the party at home, we continued the celebration at the Tel Aviv Port. We rode the merry-go-round, ate by the seaside, and took a family photo next to the iconic “I Love Tel Aviv” sign. We want to share the happiness of Erez and our approach of looking at the glass half full. We do the best we can in supporting each other as a family and making Erez smile as it helps us smile too. Happy Birthday, Erez! We love you, and the world loves you too. You show us every day that yoocandoanything!” -Yoav Gaon

Erez with his family on a boardwalk overlooking the sea

Editor’s Note: Read Erez’s mom’s post on Yoocan — Living with a Rare Disease: Congenital Nevus.

Share Your Child’s Story

Are you a parent of a child with a disability and feel like you’re fighting a battle alone? Yoocan, a global community for people with disabilities, is a great way to connect with others facing similar obstacles. Read through posts from thousands of storytellers and share your own struggles and successes. All you have to do is go to yoocanfind.com, click on “+ADD” at the top of the page, and follow the steps to create an account by clicking on “Sign Up For Free.” Once you’re registered, you’ll be directed to a form where you can write up your story and upload a few photos. Need help? Just click on the “Chat With Caring People” button at the bottom right side of the website. All submissions are reviewed before appearing on the website, so you probably won’t see yours right away. Just make sure to follow along on social media daily, so you don’t miss it!

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About the Author

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Betsy Bailey has a diverse background that includes experience in marketing research, business operations, travel and culinary writing, and playing volleyball professionally overseas.

Betsy has been writing for Wheel:Life since January of 2017 and thoroughly enjoys the process of getting to know her interviewees. She also practices parkour, speaks French fluently, and travels any chance she gets!

 

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Amputee Bob Clausen Says If You Want Something Bad Enough, You Will Do It

Editor’s Note:  Widower and Navy veteran Rober “Bob” ...

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The Ms. Wheelchair California Pageant: A Life-Changing Experience

As the Ms. Wheelchair California Leadership Institute, formerly known ...

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Comfort Conversations: Support Systems Are Key After a Life-Altering Tragedy

Having key support systems after a life-altering injury is crucial. ...

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Sheri Melander-Smith on Living Your Best Life

Editor’s Note:  Sheri Melander-Smith was born with a vascular ...

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5 Extreme Activities to Add to Your Bucket List

Have you already tried all of the typical adaptive sports available ...

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Reflections and Lessons Learned in 2017

We hope your 2017 was as enlightening and empowering as ours was here ...

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Living with MS: One Family’s Solution to Enjoying Life Events Again

Dave was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 1999 and for the first ...

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4 Tips to Help Teach Your Child About Self-Catheterization

At a certain age, kids will be the first to tell you that they want ...

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Winter Weather Preparedness Tips for Wheelchair Users

Are you dreading this winter season? Dealing with slushy, icy, snowy, ...

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Making Adaptive Climbing More Accessible with Arthur Torrey

Editor’s Note: When a tree-cutting accident in 2010 led to broken ...

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Barbara Cramer – 75 Years of Defying Stereotypes

Editor’s Note:  An earlier version of this post may have left the ...

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Serving the Spina Bifida Community with the SBAGNE

I serve as the executive director of the SBAGNE. One of my primary ...

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Comfort Medical is Helping People to Achieve a Healthier and Happier Lifestyle

If you’re an avid Wheel:Life reader, you may remember that we ...

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Advocating for Disability Rights with Stephanie Woodward and CDR

Editor’s Note: During a summer internship at the Center for ...

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Building Strength and Confidence with Handi Capable Fitness

Editor’s Note: A botched hernia operation during infancy left James ...

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Comfort Medical Sponsors Freedom Concepts to Help You Win An Adaptive Bike

Have you always dreamt of gliding down the street with the wind in ...

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Experience It All At the Abilities Expo!

Days are becoming shorter, nights longer, and the holiday season is ...

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ParaSportsLive: Bringing Adaptive Sports Coverage to the World

Editor’s Note:  When wheelchair user Tony Jackson’s original ...

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Introducing the New Cure Ultra Coude Intermittent Catheter for Men

Cure Medical has unveiled the new 16-inch Cure Ultra® Coude ...

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Get Ready for Rolling With Me’s Each By Name Conference

Wheel:Life, Comfort Medical, and Rolling With Me is excited to ...

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Smooth Sailing with David Gaston

Editor’s Note:  A Texas coast native, David Gaston has been in and ...

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Gain Traction This Fall with National Ramp

Summer is officially over and dreary winter weather is on its way. ...

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Wheelchair Dancers Organization Says Everybody Can Dance!

When life-long dancer Beverly Weurding was diagnosed with limb-girdle ...

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Pursuing Health and Happiness with Malaise Wheelchair Fitness

Editor’s Note: Justin Malaise grew up in small-town Wisconsin as a ...

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Former Ms. Wheelchair Illinois Continues to be a Voice for the Community

Editor’s Note: Born with spina bifida, Kim Brown has been a ...

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Dare to Discover the World of Accessible Travel With Handiscover

Editor’s Note: Sebastien Archambeaud has always loved traveling, so ...

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Made for Kids! The Pediatric Hydrophilic Cure Catheter + Free Backpack Program

Parents only want what’s best for their children and keeping them ...

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Wheeling, Driving, Bowling, Preaching, Parenting…Johnny Hudson Does It All Hands-free!

Editor’s Note: Johnny Hudson was born in 1977 with unforeseen ...

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The Abilities Expo is Coming To Boston!

Boston awaits with open arms. This September 8–10, head over to the ...

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Comfort Conversations: Change Starts with You – Becoming an Advocate

Join us every other month for Comfort Conversations, a discussion ...

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WheelchairTravel.org: Blazing the Trail Towards an Accessible World  

Editor’s Note: After sustaining severe burns during a car accident ...

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The Artfully Gifted Foundation – Serving Entrepreneurs with Disabilities

Editor’s Note: The Artfully Gifted Foundation (a non-profit) was ...

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How the SCRS-IL Can Help You Live Independently

Editor’s Note: When triple degree holder Jose Gonzalez returned ...

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Peter Arballo Never Gave Up on Himself — Neither Should You

Editor’s Note: Peter Arballo was born in Southern California to ...

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Full Speed Ahead with Endurance Racer Michael Johnson

Editor’s Note: Michael Johnson of Lansing, Michigan, started racing ...

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The Extraordinary Life of Triple Amputee Monica Vickers

Editor’s Note: Monica Vickers was born in 1954 missing both legs ...

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Rick Hayden Rolls on Capitol Hill for Your Rights

When Rick Hayden visited the US Capitol last week, he went with your ...

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Gear Up for Abilities Expo Chicago

Calling all Midwesterners — Abilities Expo is coming to Chicago! As ...

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Run, Jump, and Throw Stuff with Angel City Sports

Editor’s Note: Clayton Frech is the CEO and founder of Los ...

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Sled Hockey with Coach Koz

Editor’s Note: Sled hockey (also known as sledge hockey) is almost ...

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Summer Solutions with STYLEDWEL

Editor’s Note: Mary Marshall, founder of STYLEDWEL, created ...

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Following Your Inner Guidance with Kristina Rhoades and How National Ramp is Helping Her Do It

Editor’s Note: Kristina Rhoades is a mom, wife, speaker, writer, ...

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Comfort Conversations: Finding Encouragement Through Peer Support Groups

Join us every other month for Comfort Conversations, a discussion ...

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Allen Beauchamp on Life, Love and Hockey

My name is Allen Beauchamp, and I’m 43 years old. I live in a ...

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Yoocan Get Empowered!

Editor’s Note: Inspired by a family member with disabilities, Moshe ...

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Introducing the Cure Ultra: Ready to Use Catheter for Men

Cure Medical has unveiled the new 16-inch Cure Ultra™ Intermittent ...

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Refuel and Rejuvenate At Abilities Expo New York Metro

East coasters, or anyone within striking distance, gear up for ...

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Criptaedo: Breaking Boards and Barriers

Editor’s note: Paul Brailer, aka Criptaedo, was born with spina ...

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Rolling Forward with Amputee Advocate Stella Sieber

I’m currently 63 years old and live in Durham, North Carolina. ...

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Stroke by Stroke: Moving Forward with Mallory Weggemann

Editor’s Note: At 18 years old, Mallory Weggemann walked into the ...

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Comfort Conversations: Finding Your New Normal After a Spinal Cord Injury

Join us every other month for Comfort Conversations, a discussion ...

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Glenn Moscoso: Wheelchair Daddy

Editor’s note:  Glenn Moscoso is a husband and father living with ...

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Avoiding Slippery Slopes with Garth Walker and National Ramp

Editor’s Note: After selling his prior business, Garth Walker went ...

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The National Sports Center for the Disabled: Finding Self-Confidence through Personal Challenge

Editor’s Note: The National Sports Center for the Disabled, founded ...

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Wheeling around the World with Susie Twydell

Editor’s Note: Based in England, Susie Twydell, an avid traveler ...

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Amplitude Media Group: Closing the Information Gap

Wheel:Life is thrilled to announce their newest community partner, ...

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Accessible Hiking, Camping and Fishing? WOW!  

Editor’s Note: Wilderness on Wheels (WOW) is a foundation and a ...

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Comfort Conversations: Events, Free Packs, and More with James “Woody” Beckham

Editor’s Note: The Woody Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit ...

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Jenn Sexton Shares Her Secret for Independence: An Extra Long Cure Catheter

Jenn Sexton was five weeks pregnant when she and her husband, Thomas, ...

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Glen Schlotterbeck: Reinvent Yourself!

Editors note: As a graduate of the US Air Force Academy, Glen ...

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Educate, Energize, and Enlighten at Abilities Expo Los Angeles

The Abilities Expo is back in Los Angeles and gearing up to show you ...

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Juan Sebastian Betancourt: Changing the Way Businesses Serve People with Disabilities

Editor’s Note: Juan Betancourt is on a path to change the world for ...

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AccessibleIndonesia: Making Travel Accessible in a Non-Accessible Country

Editor’s note: Kerstin Beise, a German physiotherapist, who also ...

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A Lesson on Living Life to the Fullest with Hydred Makabali

Editor’s note: Hydred Makabali, born and raised in England and now ...

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Knocking Down The Pins of Life with Wheelchair Bowling Champion Kenneth Hill

Editor’s Note: Fifty-year-old Kenneth Hill from Plainfield, ...

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Take Your Wings and Fly with Denise Horn

Editor’s Note: Fifty-six-year-old Denise Horn of Janesville, ...

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Ashley Hutson Wilson Beat a Small Chance of Survival to Live a Full Life

Editor’s Note: Thirty-one year old Ashley Hutson Wilson from Kyle, ...

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Jam with Mel Bergman: Creator of Wheely Guitars

Editor’s Note: Mel Bergman of Camarillo, California, is the ...

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Gary “Tiger” Balletto: Champion Prize Fighter Who Rolls with the Punches

Editor’s Note: You can capture a ferocious wild tiger and put him ...

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Meet Robby Heisner: Creative Entrepreneur on Wheels

Editor’s Note: Robby Heisner of Smyrna, Georgia ...

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The National Rifle Association’s Adaptive Shooting Program with Dr. Joseph Logar

Dr. Joseph Logar Editor’s Note: Dr. Joseph Logar has his doctorate ...

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The Rollettes Take On an E.P.I.C. Project to Empower Others

Editor’s Note: Chances are, you’ve seen these ladies ...

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Speak Up Now to Save Your Wheelchair: Fight Medicare Cuts

Your window is narrowing to preserve access to mobility equipment – ...

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Go Further Together with GRIT: Stories of Community Support

Our friends at GRIT, the makers of the revolutionary Freedom Chair, ...

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Paralyzed Veteran’s Mom Awarded Dream Trip by ElDorado Mobility

Editor’s Note: Serving our country as a military service member is ...

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Wheelchair Karate: Attack the Attacker with Kenneth Perry

Editor’s Note: Kenneth Perry from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, ...

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Ditch Your Chair to Sit-Ski the Slopes with Tom Cannalonga 

Editor’s Note: Fifty-two-year-old Tom Cannalonga lives in Edison, ...

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We are so glad you’re here! Wheel:Life is a global initiative ...

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