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Finding Grace Amidst The Trials Of Illness

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Laura Wolfe, left, and her husband Ben at the StoryCorps Mobile Booth.

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Macky Wolfe, ready for the Eva's Heroes Casino Night.

"She's my hero," says Laura Wolfe of her daughter, MacKenzi. Born with medulloblastoma, Macky--as her parents call her-- has been in and out of doctors' offices for most of her life. But what Wolfe remembered most when she visited the StoryCorps Mobile Booth were not the trials Macky has endured, but an example of grace.

"We saw a soldier in line for the doctor...with really bad facial burns," Wolfe recalled. "[Macky] said 'mommy, look at that boy.'" Wolfe tried to discreetly answer her daughter's inquiry about the man, but Wolfe said Macky exclaimed with delight, "He thinks I'm cute! He likes me. That boy is smiling at me." The man bent over to shake young Macky's hand, and she squeezed tight. 

Click on the audio link above to hear Laura Wolfe, interviewed by her husband Ben, recorded on February 26, 2016 at the Storycorps Mobile Booth in San Antonio, TX.

Laura Wolfe and her husband Ben found out about StoryCorps through Eva’s Heroes, an organization dedicated to enriching the lives of children with special needs. 

Nathan has been with TPR since 1995, when he began working on classical music station KPAC 88.3 FM, as host of “Tuesday Night at the Opera.”  He soon learned the ropes on KSTX 89.1 FM, and volunteered to work practically any shift that came his way, on either station. He worked in nearly every capacity on the radio before moving into Community Engagement, Marketing, and Digital Media. His reporting and criticism has been honored by the Houston Press Club and Texas Associated Press.