A brave one:
When Jackson Hoeger's well-behaved, happy demeanor began to disappear, his mother, Jennifer, was worried. When the kindergartener's teacher noticed a dramatic change in his handwriting, Jennifer was really worried. She and her husband, Marty, took Jackson to a specialist, but test results appeared normal.
The next day, Jackson exhibited stroke-like symptoms and was rushed to the emergency room, where he experienced a long seizure — the first of many he would have in the coming weeks and months. That evening, Jackson had an MRI.
"Over the next few weeks, Jackson saw several doctors, all of whom had different opinions as to what was causing his symptoms," says Jennifer. After Jackson experienced another major seizure, one of his physicians believed he might have epilepsy. The Hoegers traveled to Mayo Clinic for a second opinion.
New hope wish lists
Since fall 2003, U.C.F. students from the Cornerstone Program have made a huge impact on New Hope for Kids children and families. In addition to raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for wishes and family events, they have also given of themselves. By hosting celebrations and events more.