2015 Season to Share

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The Palm Beach Post launched its annual holiday campaign, Season to Share, in 1995. Each year, the Sunday after Thanksgiving, the paper and website tell the stories of more than a dozen struggling families who have been nominated by local charitable organizations. Readers are invited to contribute money, merchandise and services to help them.

Thank you for sharing.

Diamond Smith, 17; Nenna Steward, 6; Ke'Shawn Shannon, 12; Alkeria Robinson, 17; Karri Shannon, 15, (background); Taraji Steward, 1; Angle Steward and Jarvaris Washington ready for a family photo at their home in Belle Glade.

‘Life is a challenge, but I thank God for what I’ve got’

Jarvaris Washington is grateful to have a roof over his family’s head. But he wishes it were a better roof.…

Four-year-old twins Samantha Housel, left, and Ashley Housel, stand outside their house in Jupiter. When the family found out that Ashley had acute myeloid leukemia, they tested Samantha since the two girls are genetically identical and found out that she had a similar cancerous mass.

Family struggles as their 4-year-old twins fight leukemia

Like twins often do, 4-year-old Samantha and Ashley Housel share everything: bunk beds in the same Disney Princess-adorned room, joint…

Eulalia Francisco Juan, center, with her children Ricardo Domingo, 15, Celina Felix, 2, and Lucia Domingo, 17, at their trailer in Lake Worth. Eulalia is a landscaper but does not make enough money to cover all of the expenses for the family.

Immigrant family struggles to succeed in new American life

Eulalia Francisco Juan rents in a trailer park in Lake Worth, a short walk from the high school that…

Although her son lives up in Gainesville, Kathleen would like to stay in her house and remain independent.

Stuart woman facing Alzheimer’s needs relief

Kathleen Sparks loves movie trivia. As a manager at Blockbuster video during its heyday, it was a perfect match.…

Yvonne Clervoyant, 12, lies in her mother's bed after she had a health crisis caused by sickle cell anemia. Yvonne has had four brain surgeries in addition to numerous other hospitalizations.

Family battling sickle-cell needs home improvements

The immaculate white house on Lake Worth’s south side doesn’t seem big enough to hold so much pain and…

Lizbeth Ramirez, 17, and her mother, Maria Negrete, leave the house at 6 a.m. three times a week to make the trip to Miami Children's Hospital for Lizbeth to receive dialysis treatment for her failing kidneys.

17-year-old girl waiting on life-saving kidney transplant

At 17, Lizbeth Ramirez’s kidneys are dead. Her only hope for a normal life is a kidney transplant, but…

Genesis Perozo, 19, hugs her tiny kitten Tarzan in the room she rents from a family friend in Palm Beach Gardens. Genesis was diagnosed with a rare adrenal tumor and underwent extensive chemotherapy only to have the disease metastasize and spread to her lungs.

Teen cancer patient struggles to reach college dream

The first time Genesis Perozo’s father went to prison was also the first year she was diagnosed with cancer.…

A nurse attaches a monitor to Secundino Sontay's foot on his fifth birthday as he undergoes treatment for leukemia at the Kimmel Surgical Center in West Palm Beach.

Greenacres family needs help with leukemia-stricken son

Through the tears and hushed tones and cracking voices he knew were about him, the little boy watched Teenage…

Jennifer Gutierrez plays around with her son Jonathan, 12, at their home in Boca Raton. Jennifer has multiple sclerosis which often makes it difficult for her to get around the house. As a result, Jonathan does a lot to take care of his younger brother Jacob, 4, who has craniosynostosis and has had multiple surgeries to correct his skull.

Boca mother battling MS needs help for herself, family

Jennifer Gutierrez is known as The Fixer, the go-to mom, wife, friend, the woman who’s always there for everybody…

Maceylia Valentin's mother has terminal brain cancer and lives in Fort Pierce, but Maceylia is working to finish high school so she stays in Stuart. Maceylia's younger brother and sister live with other family members and although the family tries to stay connected, they struggle to find the support they need to spend time together.

Teen seeks aid to reunite family as mother fights cancer

If you didn’t have much, you’d have a long list of things you want, right? Not 17-year-old Maceylia Valentin.…

Odarius Tripp, 6, hugs his mother Angeline Tripp while his brother Omari, 8, eats a snack at their home in West Palm Beach. Both boys have autism and require nearly constant supervision. Meanwhile Angeline and her husband Odell have their own health issues. Angeline just finished chemo to treat her uterine cancer and Odell had to have part of his foot removed due to diabetic ulcers.

Diabetes, cancer hits hard-working family harder

Angeline and Odell Tripp used to be able to roll with the punches. Slow down in the construction industry?…

Ethel Barrios, 51, shields her eyes from the sunlight at the home she shares with her mother and sister in Boca Raton. Although Ethel is almost completely blind, her eyes are very sensitive to light. With many hurdles to overcome, including only having five fingers total, Ethel would like to become more independent so that she can help care for her aging mother who has been a constant source of support for Ethel throughout her life.

Almost-blind woman wants to teach blind children

Ethel Barrios wants to continue her education to be able teach blind children to think big and pursue their…

Catherine Maloney, 91, has lived in the same house in Riviera Beach for 65 years and raised 10 sons there, but the home is not handicap accessible making it difficult for Catherine to navigate when she is in her wheelchair. Two of Catherine's sons who are disabled still live with her.

Wheelchair-bound woman, 91, in danger of losing home

At 91, Catherine Maloney has overcome a lot of challenges in her life, but now she faces losing the…