February 2, 2013
From her bed in the living room of the family home, Jessie Schmaltz, 8, looks outside to watch the wind blow through the trees in the company of her sisters, Jazmyn, 11 (far left), and Kylee, 20 (second from left), and her mom Kori Schmaltz (right) in Milton-Freewater. Schmaltz has a non-diagnosed seizure disorder that has kept her tiny for her age, in need of special equipment and left her without the ability to talk.
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MILTON-FREEWATER — The wind whipping through the Ferndale Elementary School parking lot carries a sting. Robin Reynolds, a paraprofessional, is buttoned into her fluffy winter coat.