Nominees

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 struggling families who have been nominated by local charitable organizations. Readers are invited to contribute money, merchandise and services to help them. This year, The Post has partnered with Community Foundation of Palm Beach and Martin Counties to administer Season to Share.

Thank you for sharing.

  • Niva Louissaint, 17, rests before seeing her oncologist. Niva lost her leg to an aggressive form of cancer, which has metastasized to her lungs. She vows her cancer will not slow her down, though.

    Cancer-stricken teen: ‘I was born into a family of sick but really strong people’

    Niva Louissaint, the 18-year-old not-girlie-girl doing lunges in her “Nap Queen” T-shirt, is trying to rebuild her balance now that her left leg is gone and a 10-pound metal and plastic prosthetic has taken its place. She lost her leg more than a year ago, but she’s getting around to the rehab therapy only now …

  • Adrienne DiGiovanna, 14, hugs her mother Angel DiGiovanni, who suffered a traumatic brain injury in a car crash.

    Mother of crash victim is raising her baby again, 31 years later

    Caterina “Cathy” DiGiovanni raised three beautiful children and they were still close. She was a good Italian grandmother, spoiling everyone. She had good friends. She’d even saved a little money for retirement. Life was good. But it didn’t stick. Instead, she’s raising her daughter, Angel, 31, for a second time. Angel suffered a traumatic brain …

  • Ruth Pierre holds her daughter Calliah while nurse Zahyra Mejias cleans the port on her chest at Kidz Medical Services in West Palm Beach.

    A warrior princess in pink, preschooler battles cancer

    It began with a juice box. A Capri Sun, to be specific. Four-year-old Calliah Pierre, normally an energetic little girl who loves pink, purple and Doc McStuffins, began complaining of stomach pain in June. She could barely eat or drink, and she had trouble finishing her juice. That raised a red flag for her parents, …

  • Chrisma Joseph's love of dance was cut short when a large cancerous tumor was found beneath her knee. The stage 3 osteosarcoma spread throughout her leg and doctors had to amputate it.

    Dancing in spirit, teenage amputee grapples with physical hardships

    Chrisma Joseph laughs often. And it’s a miraculous act given what, at 17, she’s already lost: her ability to stay with her family in Haiti. Her native language. Her friends at home. Her leg. The girl who loved to dance as a child now sits with her ever-present walker in her sister’s small, homey Delray …

  • Bobby Hart holds Henry, a guinea pig that he helps care for at Arc of Palm Beach County.

    Disabled animal lover seeks safe, stable home and job

    If a kind heart and a friendly disposition could guarantee a comfortable life, we wouldn’t be talking about Bobby Hart. The 25-year-old was born with developmental delays, a result of meningitis and encephalitis and high fevers just after birth. His young mother had arranged a private adoption, but when it fell through, Bobby was alone. …

  • Nick Harris helps his sister feed Quinn.

    Brave baby Quinn fights leukemia as family rallies around her

    Quinn McBride, a sunny and determined soul, has battled leukemia for most of her life. She’s 15 months old. It was her mother who suspected there was something seriously wrong with the baby when supposed mosquito bites would not heal. At first, doctors thought Quinn had a relatively harmless virus known as CMV, but her …

  • Asmay Desir Lucel plays with his son Smaylins in their backyard in Belle Glade.

    A farmworker’s heartache: caring for a disabled wife and their infant son

    The baby kicks his legs in delight at the sight of his father coming home from work. Asmay Desir Lucel, exhausted from a day of working in the Belle Glade sugar cane fields, picks up the 8-month-old boy and cradles him. Asmay’s wife, Wislene Jean-Pierre, limps on the edge of the front porch and struggles …

  • Edward Horton puts shoes his son, Jacob, 9, while his wife does the same for their son Ariel, 11, in their home in Boca Raton. These brothers are living with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, a terminal neurological disease.

    Young brothers bonded by artistic talent and a grim diagnosis

    The Horton boys take immense pride in their artwork, showing them off to anyone they meet. Ariel, 11, shrieked in excitement when a reporter recognized his pencil drawing of Abel Tesfaye, better known as the Canadian rapper The Weeknd. He signed the portrait in blue crayon, “Your 1# fan, Ariel.” The elder brother likes sketching …

  • Lidia Silva lifts her daughter Amanda Silva, 11, into the family car to take her to school. They could use a wheelchair-accessible vehicle.

    Girl’s parents keep music playing as they worry about her dire needs

    A children’s song flows from a young girl’s bedroom and fills her family’s Boca Raton town home. “Stand up, turn around, sit down!” goes the song that plays on a YouTube video in which kids act out the lyrics with singer Patty Shukla. Amanda Silva, the 11-year-old girl watching the video from her bed, loves …