OAK BROOK, Ill., September 15, 2006--More than 30 years ago in the quiet town of Palmyra, Mo., Kay Pugh made a life-changing decision the day her daughter, Alysha, was born. Pugh, then a business woman, put her career on hold after finding out that her daughter would face a variety of illnesses. From birth through the first six years of Alysha's life, Pugh was at her daughter's side.

"When you have a sick child, it changes your perspective on life," said Pugh. "After my husband and I made it through those first few...

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