Erik is a licensed clinical social worker, an avid fisherman, a former professional boxer, and the father of a young son, Tynan. Ty was born with a health condition called Sturge-Weber syndrome, an abnormality of the blood vessels in the brain that can cause seizures and other serious health problems.
James’s story begins at age 18 with a new driver’s license. “I thought I was a fairly cool driver but then I managed to turn over a Land Rover, and it blew up,” he says. “I was trapped inside it with four others and they all got out. I was the last one out.
Pat’s health condition is invisible. She has Ménière’s disease (MD) resulting in a progressive hearing loss. Initially it was mild on one side. But by her mid-30s, Pat was profoundly deaf in her left ear – and determined to keep it hidden.