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Meet some of the most courageous Albertans of 2016

Liam Webb (front), pre-injury, will be featured on Global's Profiles in Courage.
Liam Webb (front), pre-injury, will be featured on Global's Profiles in Courage. COURTESY: Jennifer Webb

Six-year-old Liam Webb enjoys a lot of the same things as his twin brother, Jacob. They both love Star Wars, Lego and fart guns. But most people don’t guess they’re twins because Liam is quadriplegic.

The injury happened after a trampoline accident last year.

WATCH: 6-year-old boy paralyzed after trampoline accident to be awarded for bravery

It’s hard to imagine coping with the agony the Webb family has endured. Yet their story is one of eight featured in an upcoming Global News special called Profiles in Courage.

Our annual show features stories about ordinary Albertans who are dealing with health challenges in extraordinary ways. It’s always difficult to narrow down the list, but 2016’s Profiles include:

Mable Tooke: Better known as SpiderMable, this little girl captured the bad guy – and hearts around the world – during her battle with cancer.

Watch below: In part one of this year’s Profiles in Courage, Su-Ling Goh tells the story of SpiderMable, a little girl who captured the bad guy – and hearts around the world – during her battle with cancer. Plus, Liam Webb, 6, whose life was changed after a trampoline accident. 

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Profiles in Courage 2016: SpiderMable and Liam Webb – Jan 4, 2017

Jordan Jaffray: This Sherwood Park teen with a brain injury shocked everyone when he completed a gruelling fitness challenge.

Maddox Willey: He’s only in grade one, but Maddox has been through more than most could ever imagine.

Watch below: In part two of this year’s Profiles in Courage, Su-Ling Goh tells the story of Jordan Jaffray, a Sherwood Park teen with a brain injury who shocked everyone by completing a gruelling fitness challenge. Plus, grade one student Maddox Willey, who’s been through more than most could ever imagine.

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Profiles in Courage 2016: Jordan Jaffray and Maddox Willey – Jan 4, 2017

Mackenzee Wittke: Her doctors say she’s a medical mystery. At eight years old, Mackenzee is the size of a toddler.

Blake Loates: This young woman is shining a spotlight on mental illness through her photography.

Eva Moore: She’s the fastest toddler on two wheels, thanks to a homemade invention.

Watch below: In part three of this year’s Profiles in Courage, Su-Ling Goh tells the story of Mackenzee Wittke, who’s the size of a toddler, even though she’s eight years old, photographer Blake Loates is shining a spotlight on mental illness and Eva Moore, who is the fastest toddler on two wheels.

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Profiles in Courage 2016: Mackenzee Wittke, Eva Moore and Blake Loates – Jan 4, 2017

John Sexsmith: Global Edmonton’s beloved sports reporter, who is bravely battling stage four prostate cancer.

Watch below: In part four of this year’s Profiles in Courage, Su-Ling Goh tells the story of Global Edmonton’s beloved sports reporter John Sexsmith who is bravely battling stage four prostate cancer.

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Profiles in Courage 2016: John Sexsmith – Jan 4, 2017

Profiles in Courage airs on Global Edmonton on Christmas Day at 6 p.m. and on Boxing Day at noon and 5 p.m. We hope the stories inspire you as much as they touched us!

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