november 2016 in review

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K-State’s Brooke Sassin spikes the ball against Kansas at Ahearn Field House in Manhattan, Kansas on November 2, 2016.

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K-State’s Deante Burton reaches for a pass against Oklahoma State’s Lenzy Pipkens at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on November 5, 2016.

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A portrait of Miranda Schmidt, a design landscape architect at TreanorHL, in Lawrence, Kansas on November 9, 2016.

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Western Illinois’ Dalan Ancrum lands on top of K-State’s Dean Wade at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas on November 11, 2016.

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A great horned owl perches on a speed limit sign along highway K-10 near Lawrence, Kansas on November 13, 2016.

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K-State’s Elle Sandbothe and Katie Brand celebrate a point against Oklahoma at Ahearn Field House in Manhattan, Kansas on November 2, 2016.

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K-State’s Carlbe Ervin competes for a loose ball against Robert Morris at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas on November 22, 2016.

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K-State’s Alex Barnes dives into the end zone for a touchdown against Kansas at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on November 26, 2016.

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K-State’s head coach Bill Snyder is carried off the field after his 200th career victory at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on November 26, 2016.

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K-State’s head coach Suzie Fritz embraces Katie Brand during Senior Night at Ahearn Field House in Manhattan, Kansas on November 26, 2016.

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Recently, I spent a fun Sunday afternoon shooting senior photos for Mallory Lee. Senior photos are different now than a few years ago. Instead of the classic cap and gown photos, seniors want stylish portrait sessions that show their individual look.

-scott weaver

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october 2016 in review

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K-State’s Brooke Sassin celebrates a point against Texas at Ahearn Field House in Manhattan, Kansas on October 1, 2016.

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K-State’s Reggie Walker pulls down Texas Tech’s Demarcus Felton at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on October 8, 2016.

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Oklahoma’s Austin Roberts tackles K-State’s Jesse Ertz at Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, Oklahoma on October 15, 2016.

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A portrait of Mallory Lee on the steps of the National World War I Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Missouri on October 16, 2016.

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K-State’s Pride of Wildcat Marching Band takes the field against Texas at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on October 22, 2016.

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K-State’s Jesse Ertz scores a touchdown against Texas at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on October 22, 2016.

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Bill Snyder Family Stadium is reflected in the sunglasses of a K-State fan during the game against Texas in Manhattan, Kansas on October 22, 2016.

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ESPN’s Fran Fraschilla interviews Texas’ head coach Shaka Smart during the Big 12 Men’s Basketball Media Day in Kansas City, Missouri on October 25, 2016.

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Kansas’ Devonte’ Graham poses for a selfie during the Big 12 Men’s Basketball Media Day at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Missouri on October 25, 2016.

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K-State’s assistant coaches Jacie Hoyt and Ebony Gilliam pose for a selfie during the women’s basketball team photo shoot at the Ice Family Basketball Center in Manhattan, Kansas on October 27, 2016.

-scott weaver

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september 2016 in review

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K-State’s Katie Reininger celebrates a point against Michigan at Bramlage Coliseum in Manhattan, Kansas on September 2, 2016.

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K-State’s Matthieu Caron blasts out of a bunker at Colbert Hills Golf Course in Manhattan, Kansas on September 6, 2016.

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K-State’s Kersten Kober digs the ball against Miami at Ahearn Field House in Manhattan, Kansas on September 9, 2016.

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Zac Brown Band takes the stage during the Wildcat Kickoff concert at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on September 10, 2016.

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K-State’s Laramie Hall competes against Northern Iowa’s Kelsey Hansen at K-State Soccer Complex in Manhattan, Kansas on September 16, 2016.

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Florida Atlantic’s Shalom Ogbonda grabs the facemask of K-State’s Winston Dimel at Bill Snyder Family Stadium in Manhattan, Kansas on September 17, 2016.

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K-State’s Katie Brand and Macy Flowers block a shot against Iowa State at Ahearn Field House in Manhattan, Kansas on September 21, 2016.

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K-State’s Laramie Hall celebrates her goal against Oral Roberts at K-State Soccer Complex in Manhattan, Kansas on September 23, 2016.

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A portrait of K-State sprinter Akeyla Mitchell on September 25, 2016.

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K-State’s Laramie Hall celebrates her goal against UMKC at K-State Soccer Complex in Manhattan, Kansas on September 30, 2016.

-scott weaver

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august 2016 in review

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A portrait of K-State running back Charles Jones for ESPN on August 3, 2016.

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A portrait of K-State running back Justin Silmon for ESPN on August 3, 2016.

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A portrait of K-State fullback Winston Dimel for ESPN on August 3, 2016.

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A portrait of K-State running back Dalvin Warmack for ESPN on August 3, 2016.

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A portrait of K-State defensive back Duke Shelley for ESPN on August 3, 2016.

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K-State’s Madison Wedekind and Katie Cramer celebrate a goal against Washburn University at KSU Soccer Complex in Manhattan, Kansas on August 6, 2016.

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A portrait of K-State midfielder Dora Gallo on August 13, 2016.

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A portrait of K-State defenders Kelcy and Abbey Fiser on August 13, 2016.

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A portrait of K-State’s Megan Kalkofen and Morgan Egan on August 13, 2016.

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A portrait of K-State head coach Mike Dibbini on August 13, 2016.

-scott weaver

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july 2016 in review

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A portrait of K-State’s Miranda Larkin in Manhattan, Kansas on July 7, 2016.

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A portrait of K-State’s Hali Sutter in Manhattan, Kansas on July 7, 2016.

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A portrait of K-State’s Kim Braddock in Manhattan, Kansas on July 7, 2016.

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A portrait of K-State’s Nick Walsh in Manhattan, Kansas on July 20, 2016.

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A portrait of K-State’s Charles Jones in Manhattan, Kansas on July 20, 2016.

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A portrait of K-State’s Dalton Risner in Manhattan, Kansas on July 20, 2016.

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A portrait of K-State’s Jesse Ertz in Manhattan, Kansas on July 20, 2016.

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A portrait of K-State’s Jordan Willis in Manhattan, Kansas on July 20, 2016.

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A portrait of K-State’s Dante Barnett in Manhattan, Kansas on July 20, 2016.

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A portrait of K-State’s Barry Brown in Manhattan, Kansas on July 21, 2016.

-scott weaver

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june 2016 in review

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K-State’s Zach Reuter powers through his last rep of banded squats during football strength and conditioning workouts in Manhattan, Kansas on June 17, 2016.

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A portrait of K-State’s Carlbe Ervin in Manhattan, Kansas on June 17, 2016.

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A portrait of K-State’s Cartier Diarra in Manhattan, Kansas on June 17, 2016.

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Julie MacNeil embraces her mother during the Alpha-1 National Education Conference at the InterContinental Miami in Miami, Florida on June 24, 2016.

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A man wrings out a mop at the Wynwood Walls in Miami, Florida on June 27, 2016.

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A man and his lemur in the Art Deco District in Miami, Florida on June 27, 2016.

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The Hotel Breakwater in the Art Deco District in Miami, Florida on June 27, 2016.

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The sun sets into the Gulf of Mexico in Key Largo, Florida on June 28, 2016.

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A green iguana suns itself on a tree in Big Pine Key, Florida on June 29, 2016.

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Bush Key from Fort Jefferson at the Dry Tortugas National Park on June 30, 2016.

-scott weaver

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a journey to miami and the florida keys

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June 26, 2016: The Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami, Florida.

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June 27, 2016: A man wrings out his mop at the Wynwood Walls in Miami, Florida.

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June 27, 2016: An office building in the Wynwood Arts District in Miami, Florida.

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June 27, 2016: A dominos player at Maximo Gomez Park in Little Havana, Florida.

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June 27, 2016: A man and his pet lemur at the Art Deco District in Miami, Florida.

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June 27, 2016: The Hotel Breakwater in the Art Deco District in Miami, Florida.

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June 28, 2016: Biscayne Bay from the InterContinental Hotel in Miami, Florida.

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June 28, 2016: The sun sets into the Gulf of Mexico in Key Largo, Florida.

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June 29, 2016: A sea turtle at the Turtle Hospital in Marathon, Florida.

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June 29, 2016: The Seven Mile Bridge in Marathon, Florida.

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June 29, 2016: A Key deer, the smallest in North America, in Big Pine Key, Florida.

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June 29, 2016: A green iguana suns itself on a tree in Big Pine Key, Florida.

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June 30, 2016: A shipwreck near the Dry Tortugas National Park.

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June 30, 2016: An old boat inside Fort Jefferson at the Dry Tortugas National Park.

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June 30, 2016: A pelican flies over Fort Jefferson at the Dry Tortugas National Park.

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June 30, 2016: Bush Key from Fort Jefferson at the Dry Tortugas National Park.

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June 30, 2016: A shipwrecked sailboat near the Dry Tortugas National Park.

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June 30, 2016: The Southernmost Point of the United States in Key West, Florida.

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July 1, 2016: An alligator at the Everglades Alligator Farm in Homestead, Florida.

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July 1, 2016: A field of sunflowers and palm trees in Homestead, Florida.

Recently, Patty and I took a working vacation to Florida because I had been hired to shoot the Alpha-1 National Education Conference on June 24-26, 2016 in Miami. We rented a car and spent seven days driving down U.S. 1, better known as the Overseas Highway, from Miami to Everglades National Park and then to Key West.

First, we toured the beautiful Vizcaya Museum and Gardens in Miami. It is the former estate of John Deering, the founder of the International Harvester Company, who lived there from 1916-1925. We enjoyed lunch at the Vizacya Museum Cafe.

The next day, we visited the Wynwood Walls, an urban graffiti art exhibit in the Wynwood District of Miami. We ate great food at Wynwood Kitchen & Bar, a Latin-American restaurant surrounded by the huge, colorful murals in the neighborhood. Afterwards, we drove to Little Havana in downtown Miami and walked along 8th Street, or Calle Ocho. We stopped in a few stores to watch crafters hand-roll tobacco leaves into cigars. Then, we visited Maximo Gomez Park, or Dominos Park, where locals play spirited games of dominos, chess, and cards with anyone willing to challenge them. We returned to our room at the InterContinental Hotel for a few hours before driving to nearby Ocean Drive to see the Art Deco Historic District.

The following morning, we packed some sandwiches from Jersey Mike’s and left Miami to tour Everglades National Park. We searched for alligators and egrets along the Anhinga and Gumbo Limbo Trails. Unfortunately, a thunderstorm cut our day short so we headed south to Key Largo. Once we arrived, we had an amazing seafood dinner at Hobo’s Cafe. We checked into the Hampton Inn Key Largo and watched the sunset from their quiet, private beach overlooking the Gulf of Mexico.

We left Key Largo the next day and drove to Marathon where we visited the Turtle Hospital, a small non-profit organization dedicated to the rehabilitation of endangered sea turtles. We also stopped for a wonderful seafood meal at the 7 Mile Grill, a historic restaurant in the heart of the Florida Keys. After lunch, we crossed over Seven Mile Bridge, a famous landmark that connects the Middle Keys to the Lower Keys. The Seven Mile Bridge is actually two bridges. The modern bridge is open to vehicular traffic, whereas the older, original bridge is open only to pedestrians and cyclists. The original bridge was constructed from 1909 to 1912 and the current bridge was built from 1978-1982. The bridge has been featured in several films including True Lies, 2 Fast 2 Furious, and Mission Impossible III.

Soon, we arrived in Big Pine Key and detoured to the National Key Deer Refuge to look at Key deer, an endangered deer that lives only in the Florida Keys. It is the smallest deer in North America and is similar in size to a Labrador Retriever.

Once we reached Key West, we immediately checked into our room at the Silver Palms Inn, an upscale boutique hotel in downtown. After some rest, we drove to Fort Zachary Taylor Historic State Park to watch the sunset at the Civil War-era fort.

Thursday morning, we left our hotel and walked down world-famous Duval Street. It stretches 1.25 miles from its northern end at the Gulf of Mexico to its southern end at the Atlantic Ocean. There are many Victorian mansions, art galleries, shops, clubs, and restaurants along the strip. We stopped at the end of Duval Street and took selfies at the buoy that marks the southernmost point of the United States.

We shared an awesome lunch of crab-topped pizza at Deuce’s Off the Hook Grill, then we drove to Key West Seaplane Charters at the Key West International Airport. We boarded a DHC-3 DeHavilland Turbine Otter Amphibians aircraft and flew 70 miles over the Gulf of Mexico to Fort Jefferson in the Dry Tortugas National Park, the most remote National Park in the United States. The fort, which was built in 1846, is the largest masonry structure in the Western Hemisphere and is comprised of more than 16 million bricks. We spent two hours exploring the 47-acre island before we had to return to our seaplane for our 40 minute flight back to Key West. We flew at a low altitude and saw several sharks, sea turtles, and shipwrecks.

Our last day, we packed up the car and drove east on U.S 1 to Homestead, Florida. We spent the afternoon at the Everglades Alligator Farm, the oldest alligator farm in South Florida. We were unable to see any wild alligators during our tour of the Everglades earlier in the week so we opted to view dozens of them in the farm’s pond. We stayed long enough to watch the handler feed them their daily snack. Then, we checked into our final hotel, the Hampton Inn & Suites in Homestead.

We treated ourselves to one last lunch, an Italian meal at Mamma Mia’s before driving to nearby Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport to fly home.

We hope to visit Florida again soon, so we can experience more of her beauty.

-scott weaver

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the 2016 alpha-1 national education conference

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Julie MacNeil embraces her mother during the National Education Conference.

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Alphas greet each other during the National Education Conference.

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AlphaNet coordinator Diana Patterson greets Alphas during a Community Forum.

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AlphaNet coordinator Jesse Strickland greets Alphas during a Community Forum.

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Larry Angell speaks with community leaders during a Community Forum.

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Alphas meet AlphaNet coordinators and group leaders during a Community Forum.

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Alphas and drug company representatives take selfies during Club Alpha.

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Alpha-1 Foundation Chairman of the Board Gordon Cadwgan speaks during the closing ceremonies of the 2016 Alpha-1 National Education Conference.

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Alpha-1 Foundation President and CEO Henry R. Moehring speaks during the closing ceremonies of the 2016 Alpha-1 National Education Conference.

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Alphas party after the closing ceremonies of the National Education Conference.

I photographed the 25th annual Alpha-1 National Education Conference at the InterContinental Miami hotel in Miami, Florida on June 24-26, 2016.

Alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency is a genetic condition in which the body does not make enough of a protein that protects the lungs and liver from severe damage. The condition can lead to emphysema and liver disease, often before age 40.

Symptoms of Alpha-1 lung disease include shortness of breath, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and wheezing. There is no cure for Alpha-1 and the only treatment is a weekly IV infusion of the missing alpha-1 antitrypsin protein.

Augmentation therapy has been shown to reduce the rate of declining lung function, however it is not a treatment for Alpha-1 liver disease.

Instead, health care practitioners concentrate on treating the symptoms of Alpha-1 liver disease by instructing patients to get regular blood and liver tests. Patients are also advised to avoid smoking and alcohol, as well as eating a balanced diet, exercising, and maintaining a healthy weight. If an Alpha-1 patient develops severe scarring of the liver (or cirrhosis), a liver transplant is usually their only option.

Despite the grim diagnosis of Alpha-1, the patients, the families, the physicians and the administrative staff at the conference were warm and outgoing people.

More than 600 people attended the conference. Several speakers, including pulmonary specialists, professors of medicine, genetic researchers, internists, gastroenterologists, physiologists and pharmaceutical reps spoke about the latest medical trials, breakthroughs and treatments available to Alpha-1 patients.

-scott weaver

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may 2016 in review

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Oklahoma State’s Kelsey Laurente earns a point against Texas Tech during the Big 12 Tennis Championship at Greenwood Tennis Center in Stillwater, Oklahoma on May 1, 2016.

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Oklahoma State’s Katarina Adamovic and Vladica Babic win their match during the Big 12 Tennis Championship at Greenwood Tennis Center in Stillwater, Oklahoma on May 1, 2016.

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TCU’s Jerry Lopez earns a point during the Big 12 Tennis Championship at Greenwood Tennis Center in Stillwater, Oklahoma on May 1, 2016.

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Oklahoma State’s head coach Chris Young is doused with water after the Big 12 Tennis Championship at Greenwood Tennis Center in Stillwater, Oklahoma on May 1, 2016.

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K-State’s Miranda Larkin saves a shot on goal during practice at Frank Annaberg Park in Manhattan, Kansas on May 4, 2016.

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Body First and former K-State standout Alyx Treasure clears 1.93 meters in the women’s high jump during the Ward Haylett Invitational at R.V. Christian Track Complex in Manhattan, Kansas on May 7, 2016.

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K-State’s Zack Supple competes in the men’s pole vault during the Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Lowdon Track and Field Complex in Fort Worth, Texas on May 13, 2016.

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K-State’s Max Estill competes in the decathlon javelin during the Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Lowdon Track and Field Complex in Fort Worth, Texas on May 14, 2016.

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K-State’s Akela Jones competes in the women’s long jump during the Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Lowdon Track and Field Complex in Fort Worth, Texas on May 14, 2016.

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K-State’s Shardia Lawrence competes in the women’s triple jump during the Big 12 Outdoor Track and Field Championships at Lowdon Track and Field Complex in Fort Worth, Texas on May 15, 2016.

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Oklahoma’s Renae Martinez tries to tag West Virginia’s Ray Guerrini during the Big 12 Baseball Championship at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on May 25, 2016.

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TCU’s Evan Skoug dives for a foul ball during the Big 12 Baseball Championship at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on May 25, 2016.

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Oklahoma State’s Donnie Walton leaps for an errant throw against Texas’ Tres Barrera during the Big 12 Baseball Championship at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on May 25, 2016.

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Oklahoma State’s Colin Simpson performs a backflip before the game against TCU during the Big 12 Baseball Championship at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on May 26, 2016.

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Oklahoma players autograph baseballs during the Big 12 Baseball Championship at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on May 27, 2016.

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Special Olympian Jose Serrano receives applause after throwing the first pitch during the Big 12 Baseball Championship at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on May 27, 2016.

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Texas’ Kody Clemens celebrates his walk-off home run against TCU during the Big 12 Baseball Championship at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on May 28, 2016.

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Texas’ Tyler Rand leads off second base in the evening sunlight during the Big 12 Baseball Championship at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on May 28, 2016.

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TCU’s Ryan Merrill dives for a ground ball during the Big 12 Baseball Championship at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on May 29, 2016.

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West Virginia’s Kyle Davis celebrates his double during the Big 12 Baseball Championship at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma on May 29, 2016.

-scott weaver

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