Before Brittany Williams’ daughter Brylan had celebrated her first birthday, she was diagnosed with primary lymphedema, a condition that causes accumulation of lymph in the body’s soft tissue. Though there is currently no cure for lymphedema, there is treatment to help manage the painful and chronic swelling, particularly in the limbs. Unfortunately, proper treatment is not only expensive, it is also hard to acquire because so few medical professionals are knowledgeable in this field. Not one to sit around and complain without working to help find a solution, Brittany founded Brylan’s Feat Foundation to help children fighting lymphedema receive this often inaccessible treatment.
Photos care of Brittany Williams
Scott Thompson, co-founder of Oaklantis Swimming alongside lifelong Oakland swimmer and equal access advocate Tracy Fidell, began swimming at the age of six. Scott swam competitively all the way through college, competing for the University of Florida under coach Gregg Troy, a U.S. National Team coach and the 2008 head U.S. Olympic coach for the U.S. Scott excelled in the sport: he was a multiple-time Michigan State Champion in high school, All-State, All-American, and Sectional Champion. In other words, Scott did not just wake up one day and say, “Hmmm… I think I’ll start an organization to expand access to swimming for kids in Oakland.” He has lived, breathed, and swum opportunity and excellence in the sport his entire life.
Photos care of Thompson Homonnay Photography
The daughter and granddaughter respectively of lifelong activist Sarah B. Durkee, Becca Durkee and Ruby Capurro-Durkee have been speaking up and taking action to support both their local and worldwide communities their entire lives. Most recently, they took courageous, compassionate action during the recent devastating fires in Northern California, which devoured 153,336 acres of land; killed 88 people (with 203 people still missing and unaccounted for); destroyed 13,972 residences; obliterated the entire town of Paradise; and took the lives of countless wildlife and domesticated animals. Becca and Ruby found out what help was needed, circled the wagons among their family and friends, and turned their deep concern into direct action.
Photos care of Ray Chavez - Enterprise-Record, Bay Area News Group