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Changing Lives


An OnQ Special Series

These OnQ reports spotlight people who are making a difference in this region. Whether it's doing hands-on community work, mentoring young people, or serving as a role model for people with disabilities - the attributes go on and on. With so much negativity in the media, OnQ viewers enjoy these profiles that spotlight the positive in our viewing area.

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Dr. Marcela Bohm-Velez
Dr. Marcela Bohm-Velez
Dr. Marcela Bohm-Velez is a local radiologist who not only helps patients in Pittsburgh, but educates doctors and patients throughout South America. OnQ's Tonia Caruso reports on the doctor's life-saving work in countries where cancer detection and survival rates are low.
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Father Regis Ryan
Father Regis Ryan
As executive director of Focus on Renewal, Father Ryan helps the homeless and the working poor as part of his mission to improve the lives of residents and economic status of McKees Rocks.
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Erin Gannon
Erin Gannon
Teacher's aide, Special Olympics athlete, and an inspiration to everyone she meets, Erin helps other young people in dealing with their disabilities.
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Ruth Geis
Ruth Geis
93 years old and legally blind, Ruth knows how to start the day! Her early morning piano concerts brighten up everyone at Seneca Hills Village,, an independent living facilty in Penn Hills.
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Debra Germany
Debra Germany
After losing her child to a murder, Debra chose not to drown in personal pain. Instead, she launched Divine Intervention Ministries to help troubled youth.
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Tom Rutkoski
Tom Rutkoski
Tom is the founder for "Abode For Children," a local non-profit providing education and shelter for orphans in Nigeria and India.
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Chaz Kellem
Chaz Kellem
A young man who's always on the go, Chaz is working in his community and promoting inclusion for people with disabilities.
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Bill Cardille
Bill Cardille
Legendary "Chilly Billy" celebrates 50 years in broadcasting and looks back at a rare and celebrated career that impacted so many Pittsburgh viewers.
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Thomas Douglas
Thomas Douglas
He's conducted and performed in more than 150-musical theater and opera productions. A teacher and musical mentor to many young people, Douglas is also the first African American artistic director of the Bach Choir of Pittsburgh.
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Ginny Kortz
Ginny Kortz
She is a shining star when it comes to volunteering, but that's not the only unique quality for 95-year-old Ginny.
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  • Portraits for the Homefront: The Story of Elizabeth Black
    The poignant story unfolds as we explore Black’s lost art career, seek out elderly veterans who encountered Miss Black on the battlefield, and present to amazed and appreciative families portraits that never arrived.
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    Where classical music crosses paths with rock and roll, world music, folk music and jazz. Listen to interviews with people who make good music here.

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