May 30, 2019

21-year-old Harley Lafferty has been dealing with chronic kidney disease the majority of her life. When she was 8-years-old, a simple sports physical revealed the dreaded news.

“There was too much protein in my urine, and I found out that I had Stage 4 kidney failure,”...

May 29, 2019

"I have to find something! Anything! Please! Any piece that will be enough to ensure I won’t be sick.

I know my dealer won’t have anything for the next couple of days. Maybe the last time I crushed one to snort, something broke off and went under the bed… or …next to th...

May 21, 2019

It's been just under one year since 16-year-old Jacob Monday earned his angel wings, after being diagnosed with a rare form of bone cancer. 

Jacob, of the Albany, NY region, was a fighter. In his final months, he chose to stop all cancer treatment and focus on a bucket...

May 14, 2019

"It all began with a phone message. 

My phone blinked. Funny how it's the insignificant things, like where you were, what you were doing, the smells, the way your breathing seemed to stop - these are the things you will never forget.

I was at school picking up my grandda...

May 7, 2019

For any Buffalo Bills fan, and even those who don't follow Buffalo's NFL team, Pancho Billa is a name that embodies determination...fandom...and BILLS MAFIA, BABY. 

Pancho Billa is behind the Buffalo Bills one thousand percent - through the wins and through the losses....

May 7, 2019

It's incredible that just months ago, we - the Hope Rises team - were skeptical on how we would be able to pull off a wish for one teenager from Buffalo, NY, who wanted nothing more in this world than to see his young sister experience the magic of Walt Disney World fo...

May 3, 2019

When you are on your honeymoon, your priorities include unforgettable adventure, ultimate relaxation and spending as much quality time with your significant other before you head back to reality. For one Rochester, NY couple, their honeymoon was interrupted by devastat...

What is it like to have autism? Polyvios Christoforos would tell you it means being a little different from everyone else. He has firsthand knowledge, because he is on the spectrum himself.

He'll tell you though, that being different is good. In fact, it's helped him pa...

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