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    A young woman survives cancer and launches a web site called PlanetCancer.org for young people coping with the disease.

    An Iraq war vet and doctor brings children who are injured in war-ravaged areas to the United States for much-needed medical care.

    A woman who cares for her husband disabled by a terrible car accident becomes a crusader for family caregivers.

    A mother and father start a camp for chronically ill children inspired by their son who died in a racecar driving accident.

    They are this year’s WebMD Health Heroes: Heidi Adams, Dr. Craig Lambrecht, Carol Levine, and Pattie and Kyle Petty. Learn more about their remarkable stories.

    More remarkable reading: Golden Globe- and Emmy-nominated actor Ashley Judd reveals the challenges and highlights of her work with YouthAIDS, as well as her personal challenges battling depression.

    So does a new movie, starring Sopranos alum Joe Pantoliano, which deals with mental illness in a thoughtful, informative way. Read more in this issue’s WebMD Checkup (always on the last page). Finally, this holiday season WebMD sends you:

    • Inspiration (in anything you do, no matter how grandiose or trivial)
    • Healthy perspiration (yes, everyone in my office wants to know what I mean by this, but you get it)
    • A good dose of relaxation (and vitamin C; you can combine the two by freshly squeezing a dozen oranges or, for you margarita fans, substitute limes and skip the mix, laden with calories -- and remember: if you drink, do so in moderation, especially over the holidays).

    Yours in well-being,

    Nan-Kirsen Forte

    Nan-Kirsten Forte, MS
    Editor in Chief, WebMD the Magazine

    P.S. Help us find our 2008 Health Heroes. To nominate your candidate for next year’s award, go to www.WebMD.com/healthheroes.

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