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LSC Brandon Cockrum embraces his wife, LaQuanda Cockrum, during the ceremonial "first kiss" as he comes off of the USS Harry S. Truman at Naval Station Norfolk, Va. on Monday, Sept. 12, 2022 after a 286 day deployment. 

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LSC Brandon Cockrum embraces his wife, LaQuanda Cockrum, during the ceremonial "first kiss" as he comes off of the USS Harry S. Truman at Naval Station Norfolk, Va. on Monday, Sept. 12, 2022 after a 286 day deployment. 

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Battalion Chief Mike Reeves commands crews with the Lynchburg Fire Department as they battle a fire that broke out at The Cottage Stillroom and Beeswax Candle Factory, a circa-1878 building, on Cabell Street in the historic Daniel's Hill neighborhood of Lynchburg, Va. on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021.

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Battalion Chief Mike Reeves commands crews with the Lynchburg Fire Department as they battle a fire that broke out at The Cottage Stillroom and Beeswax Candle Factory, a circa-1878 building, on Cabell Street in the historic Daniel's Hill neighborhood of Lynchburg, Va. on Friday, Oct. 15, 2021.

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Victor Manuel, also known as Santa Vic, dons his Santa suit before heading out to great a room full of families while hosting a holiday movie night in downtown Norfolk, Va. on Friday, Dec. 2, 2022.

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Victor Manuel, also known as Santa Vic, dons his Santa suit before heading out to great a room full of families while hosting a holiday movie night in downtown Norfolk, Va. on Friday, Dec. 2, 2022.

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Sun shines through six crosses set up at a memorial in the Walmart parking lot on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022 where six people were killed during a mass shooting in Chesapeake, Va. on Nov. 22.

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Sun shines through six crosses set up at a memorial in the Walmart parking lot on Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022 where six people were killed during a mass shooting in Chesapeake, Va. on Nov. 22.

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Cole Smith, 7, becomes emotional as he spots his father, Lieutenant Sean Smith, aboard the USS Harry S. Truman at Naval Station Norfolk, Va. as the ship arrives home following a 286 day deployment on Monday, Sept. 12, 2022.

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Cole Smith, 7, becomes emotional as he spots his father, Lieutenant Sean Smith, aboard the USS Harry S. Truman at Naval Station Norfolk, Va. as the ship arrives home following a 286 day deployment on Monday, Sept. 12, 2022.

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Meghan Farrar holds her four-year-old son Bentley as he gazes out the window while formula is being administered through his gastrostomy tube at their home in Lynchburg, Va. on Wednesday, May 18, 2022. 


Bentley was born with CHARGE syndrome, a disorder that affects many areas of the body including causing heart defects, airway abnormalities, feeding issues and obsessive compulsive disorder, as well as sensory and balance issues and loss of hearing.

Five times a day, Bentley takes a 250 mL container of Compleat Pediatric formula through his g-tube. Meghan receives a set shipment of the formula every month, and this month the box did not arrive. The formula cannot be bought in stores and Bentley's supply quickly started to run out.

Baby formula has been in short supply recently, triggered by a safety-related closure of the country’s largest formula manufacturing plant, the Abbott Nutrition facility in Michigan. Meghan’s church was able to help find a small emergency supply of the formula and some infant/toddler formula, but that formula will eventually make Bentley sick.

“Now I’m in panic mode,” Meghan said. “I’m really stressed too and I’m very scared. This is definitely real.”

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Meghan Farrar holds her four-year-old son Bentley as he gazes out the window while formula is being administered through his gastrostomy tube at their home in Lynchburg, Va. on Wednesday, May 18, 2022. 


Bentley was born with CHARGE syndrome, a disorder that affects many areas of the body including causing heart defects, airway abnormalities, feeding issues and obsessive compulsive disorder, as well as sensory and balance issues and loss of hearing.

Five times a day, Bentley takes a 250 mL container of Compleat Pediatric formula through his g-tube. Meghan receives a set shipment of the formula every month, and this month the box did not arrive. The formula cannot be bought in stores and Bentley's supply quickly started to run out.

Baby formula has been in short supply recently, triggered by a safety-related closure of the country’s largest formula manufacturing plant, the Abbott Nutrition facility in Michigan. Meghan’s church was able to help find a small emergency supply of the formula and some infant/toddler formula, but that formula will eventually make Bentley sick.

“Now I’m in panic mode,” Meghan said. “I’m really stressed too and I’m very scared. This is definitely real.”

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The sun sets over the Walmart on Sams Circle in Chesapeake on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022 where a shooting occurred shortly after 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2023 resulting in the deaths of six victims.

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The sun sets over the Walmart on Sams Circle in Chesapeake on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022 where a shooting occurred shortly after 10 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2023 resulting in the deaths of six victims.

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A graduate worships during Liberty University's main commencement ceremony at Williams Stadium in Lynchburg, Va. on Friday, May 6, 2022.

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A graduate worships during Liberty University's main commencement ceremony at Williams Stadium in Lynchburg, Va. on Friday, May 6, 2022.

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Sailors and crew members gaze out of the hanger bay at the sunset as a helicopter flies past the USS Gerald R. Ford CVN-78 in the Atlantic Ocean on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022.

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Sailors and crew members gaze out of the hanger bay at the sunset as a helicopter flies past the USS Gerald R. Ford CVN-78 in the Atlantic Ocean on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022.

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Phillip Jones celebrates his mayoral victory at Tradition Brewing Company in Newport News, Va. on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022.

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Phillip Jones celebrates his mayoral victory at Tradition Brewing Company in Newport News, Va. on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022.

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Pharrell Williams takes the stage with moderator Ryan Shadrick Wilson for the Elephant In The Room panel discussion during Pharrell's Mighty Dream Forum in downtown Norfolk, Va. on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022.

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Pharrell Williams takes the stage with moderator Ryan Shadrick Wilson for the Elephant In The Room panel discussion during Pharrell's Mighty Dream Forum in downtown Norfolk, Va. on Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2022.

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Veterans board a charter bus at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Va. for the Central and Southwest Virginia Honor Flight on Friday, April 22, 2022. The Honor Flight takes a mix of veterans from World War II, Korea and Vietnam on an overnight-trip to war memorials and monuments in Washington, D.C., free of charge. 

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Veterans board a charter bus at the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Va. for the Central and Southwest Virginia Honor Flight on Friday, April 22, 2022. The Honor Flight takes a mix of veterans from World War II, Korea and Vietnam on an overnight-trip to war memorials and monuments in Washington, D.C., free of charge. 

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Supporters of the Jane Doe's, student-organization Justice For Janes and alumni-organization Save71 hold up a sign during a rally to call for a third-party audit of the mishandling of sexual assault cases on Liberty University's campus in Lynchburg, Va. on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021. 

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Supporters of the Jane Doe's, student-organization Justice For Janes and alumni-organization Save71 hold up a sign during a rally to call for a third-party audit of the mishandling of sexual assault cases on Liberty University's campus in Lynchburg, Va. on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021. 

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Azalia Berrian leads her mother Joanna Garber through a field next to their home in Afton, Va. on Wednesday, August 13, 2020. In early June, 14-year-old Azalia went missing from her home in Afton while on a bike ride. She survived four days and three nights alone in the mountainous area of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Azalia now wears an ankle monitor and a few weeks after Azalia’s safe return, a new bill from the Virginia General Assembly went into effect that would help children like Azalia in similar situations.

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Azalia Berrian leads her mother Joanna Garber through a field next to their home in Afton, Va. on Wednesday, August 13, 2020. In early June, 14-year-old Azalia went missing from her home in Afton while on a bike ride. She survived four days and three nights alone in the mountainous area of the Blue Ridge Parkway. Azalia now wears an ankle monitor and a few weeks after Azalia’s safe return, a new bill from the Virginia General Assembly went into effect that would help children like Azalia in similar situations.

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A graduate pets their service dog during commencement at Sweet Briar College in Amherst, Va. on Saturday, May 14, 2022.

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A graduate pets their service dog during commencement at Sweet Briar College in Amherst, Va. on Saturday, May 14, 2022.

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A runner dressed as The Flash runs past the LOVE sign as they close in on the finish line during the 2021 CASA Superhero Run at the Percival's Island Natural Area in Lynchburg, Va. on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021.

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A runner dressed as The Flash runs past the LOVE sign as they close in on the finish line during the 2021 CASA Superhero Run at the Percival's Island Natural Area in Lynchburg, Va. on Saturday, Nov. 6, 2021.

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Members of the Sunrise Movement use diagrams to explain the formation and series of events for Monday's protest during a training session at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Washington D.C. on Sunday, June 27, 2021. (On assignment for Politico Magazine)

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Members of the Sunrise Movement use diagrams to explain the formation and series of events for Monday's protest during a training session at St. Stephen's Episcopal Church in Washington D.C. on Sunday, June 27, 2021. (On assignment for Politico Magazine)

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A veteran attends a Veterans Day ceremony hosted by the City of Lynchburg at Monument Terrace in Lynchburg, Va. on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021.

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A veteran attends a Veterans Day ceremony hosted by the City of Lynchburg at Monument Terrace in Lynchburg, Va. on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021.

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Isla Russell, 5, sits with her mom, Lori Russell, during a batteau ride on the James River in Lynchburg, Va. on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021.

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Isla Russell, 5, sits with her mom, Lori Russell, during a batteau ride on the James River in Lynchburg, Va. on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021.

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Kindergartener Mykala Clements takes the helm as line-leader with her class as they prepare to head to the library during Transition Day at Madison Heights Elementary in Amherst, Va. on Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021.

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Kindergartener Mykala Clements takes the helm as line-leader with her class as they prepare to head to the library during Transition Day at Madison Heights Elementary in Amherst, Va. on Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2021.

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Workers with Saunders Brothers harvest apples at their Cub Mountain Orchard in Nelson County, Va. on Friday, Oct. 22, 2021.

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Workers with Saunders Brothers harvest apples at their Cub Mountain Orchard in Nelson County, Va. on Friday, Oct. 22, 2021.

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Johnathan Jackson sprays "Show Glo" on Major while helping his daughter Emma Jackson prepare her hog for market showing during the Central Virginia Livestock Show at the Lynchburg Livestock Market in Rustburg, Va. on Friday, April 30, 2021. This is Jackson's last livestock show as she ages out and prepares to attend Black Hawk College in Illinois to pursue a career in the agricultural field. Jackson walked away with the title of Senior Champion Swine Showman and Reserve Champion in the market competition. 

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Johnathan Jackson sprays "Show Glo" on Major while helping his daughter Emma Jackson prepare her hog for market showing during the Central Virginia Livestock Show at the Lynchburg Livestock Market in Rustburg, Va. on Friday, April 30, 2021. This is Jackson's last livestock show as she ages out and prepares to attend Black Hawk College in Illinois to pursue a career in the agricultural field. Jackson walked away with the title of Senior Champion Swine Showman and Reserve Champion in the market competition. 

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Kolee Fojtik, 15, sits in a cage with a deer who was hit by a car resulting in one broken back leg and an injury to the other at her home in Yoakum, Texas where her mother runs Nay Nay's Wildlife Rehabilitation. Kolee soaked the injured leg in a bag filled with an epsom salt water mixture to clean and flush out the wound. 

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Kolee Fojtik, 15, sits in a cage with a deer who was hit by a car resulting in one broken back leg and an injury to the other at her home in Yoakum, Texas where her mother runs Nay Nay's Wildlife Rehabilitation. Kolee soaked the injured leg in a bag filled with an epsom salt water mixture to clean and flush out the wound. 

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Hollie McGehee and Will Hubbard sit next to each other, separated by a plastic divider on the first day of school at Desmond T. Doss Christian Academy in Lynchburg, Va. on Monday, August 17, 2020.

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Hollie McGehee and Will Hubbard sit next to each other, separated by a plastic divider on the first day of school at Desmond T. Doss Christian Academy in Lynchburg, Va. on Monday, August 17, 2020.

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Two members of the Monacan Indian Tribe hold hands during a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Monacan Indian Nation Headquarters in Madison Heights, Va. on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021.

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Two members of the Monacan Indian Tribe hold hands during a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Monacan Indian Nation Headquarters in Madison Heights, Va. on Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2021.

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Karen  Vela Lima cries while her father, Roman, plays the guitar and sings her a traditional hispanic song during the church ceremony of her quinceañera in Bowling Green, Ky. on Saturday, March 23, 2019. “I cried because it meant a lot to me and I really wasn’t expecting the day to come so fast, like we were already at the beginning of march and I was like ‘wow, it’s getting here fast’ and I didn’t want it to end,” said Karen. “I was like happy but also sad.”

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Karen  Vela Lima cries while her father, Roman, plays the guitar and sings her a traditional hispanic song during the church ceremony of her quinceañera in Bowling Green, Ky. on Saturday, March 23, 2019. “I cried because it meant a lot to me and I really wasn’t expecting the day to come so fast, like we were already at the beginning of march and I was like ‘wow, it’s getting here fast’ and I didn’t want it to end,” said Karen. “I was like happy but also sad.”

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