Eli K.

Eli is fighting DiGeorge syndrome, in which a small part of chromosome 22 is missing. The result is a complex set of disorders, including heart defects, poor immune system function, and many others. Nevertheless, Eli is known for his “joy, independence, humor, stubbornness, affection, and individuality,” his mother reports. “He goes through a lot and always leaves the negative in the past. He savors the joy of each moment, which inspires me.”