Kelly Dowless reads a Christmas card from a member of a transverse myelitis support group on Facebook. Dowless, who was diagnosed with the debilitating disorder four years ago, organized the Christmas card exchange.
Kelly Dowless reads a Christmas card from a member of a transverse myelitis support group on Facebook. Dowless, who was diagnosed with the debilitating disorder four years ago, organized the Christmas card exchange. ndunn@newsobserver.com
Kelly Dowless reads a Christmas card from a member of a transverse myelitis support group on Facebook. Dowless, who was diagnosed with the debilitating disorder four years ago, organized the Christmas card exchange. ndunn@newsobserver.com

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