Desrochers is an RN in the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit at N.C. Children's Hospital and a yoga teacher.
A career U.S. Army Special Forces officer from Robeson County takes on cancer with the same toughness he uses on the battlefield. At UNC Hospitals he finds his dream team -- including his son, who lost both legs while serving in Afghanistan -- to help in the fight.
Jason Goldsmith, an MD-PhD student at UNC, is also the owner and lead instructor at Tactical Kung Fu and MMA in Durham, N.C.
Bela Emory, RN, CPN, BSN has been a nurse at UNC Hospital for more than 25 years working the night shift in Pediatrics. When she's not at the hospital, Bela spends much of her time helping her husband with his antiques business and loves collecting Campbell's soup advertisements.
A Chatham County native who has weathered more than his share of life’s disappointments is a constant role model of compassion and encouragement for many, but none more so than the guests and fellow staff members at SECU Family House where he is resident manager.
Keith Burridge, a Kenan Professor of Cell Biology and Physiology, is also a playwright.
The UNC nurses we met in 2012 give 100 percent of themselves to their work - and to their lives away from work.
A Sampson County woman with more than a passing acquaintance with caregiving sews felt Christmas stockings, asks her fellow biker church members to fill them with personal care items and delivers them to patients at SECU Family House.
Though widely varying in activities, the UNC Health Care providers we met this year are unified in their desire for excellence and their passion for their patients.
Stacey Anderegg is an Hematology/Oncology Infusion Nurse at the N.C. Cancer Hospital. In her life outside the hospital, Stacey is a vocalist with a 7-woman a cappella group called "Stella."
The mother of a 22-year-old Marine stationed at Camp Lejeune says thanks to the medical professionals at UNC Hospitals who saved her son’s life and the new-found friends-for-life who buoyed her at SECU Family House while helping her son heal.
Life for Josh Berkowitz, a third year resident in Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, is constantly at full speed. If he's not with a patient at the hospital, in a clinic, or with his family being a husband and father - then you'll find him on the field competing in Ultimate Frisbee.
"When we keep someone alive long enough so that they can come back here and have an intervention and they walk out of the hospital, that makes it all worth it," says Chris McGrath, a Certified Flight Registered Nurse for Carolina Air Care.
Asheville artist Ann Hartline was featured in Family House Diaries in July 2011. Despite new medical challenges over the past year, Ann celebrated five years of living life large with metastatic breast cancer.
Jackie Patterson, a second year resident in Pediatrics, brings a special skill to the table when it comes to reading a patient, and that is non-verbal communication.
Angela Overman, RN, is a nurse manager in G.I. surgery at UNC Hospitals. She's also very good with a lasso!
A life-long Henderson County native receives a second chance at life with a liver transplant after a rare bone marrow disorder caused life-threatening blood clots in her liver.
Dr. Ricky Bloomfield plays a mean jazz saxophone. He also develops iPhone and iPad apps. And he's a Chief Resident in Pediatrics at UNC.
Morgan Womble is a nurse in the Orthopedics/Trauma unit at UNC Hospitals. She's also a self-described "adrenaline junkie" and skydiver.
A Randolph County woman with leukemia receives stem cells from her youngest brother in hopes of restoring her health and returning to work as a baker.