Peter Obetz (left) and Jeff Jarrett met in 1998 and are still close friends. Peter was diagnosed with stage IV esophageal cancer in 2004. He was declared cancer-free in 2009. They visited StoryCorps in Kansas City, Mo. StoryCorps hide caption

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Cherishing The Gift Of Friendship Through A Cancer Bout

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In 2005, Lance Cpl. Travis Williams lost his squad to an IED. He was the only survivor. StoryCorps hide caption

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Sole Survivor: Iraq Rescue Mission Ended In Tragedy

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Sally Edwards (left), 80, and Lue Hutchinson, 71, visited StoryCorps in Cincinnati. Their sons, Jack Edwards and Tom Butts, are buried at Arlington National Cemetery. StoryCorps hide caption

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Military Moms: A Bond Born From Shared Loss

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Six years ago, Rick Bounds was told he would die without a kidney and liver transplant. Today he is a triathlete, thanks to donor organs from Dorothy Biernack's late husband, Marty. StoryCorps hide caption

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A Gift Of Life And Friendship After A Family's Loss

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Carol Kirsch and her daughter, Rebecca Posamentier, visited StoryCorps in 2008. Posamentier visited again recently. StoryCorps hide caption

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Preserving The Motherhood Advice And Memories Of A Mom

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Alexis Martinez (left) worried that coming out to daughter Lesley as transgender would mean giving up any relationship with her grandchildren. But she needn't have worried. StoryCorps hide caption

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After Years Of Hiding, 'Walking In Love' As Transgender

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Herman Blake, left, and Sidney Blake at StoryCorps in New York. StoryCorps hide caption

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From Poor Beginnings To A Wealth Of Knowledge

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Losing A Leg, But Gaining A Sense Of Purpose

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Staff Sgt. Daniel Hodd on deployment in Anbar Province, Iraq, 2008. Courtesy of Daniel Hodd hide caption

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A Pianist's Ultimate Sacrifice: Giving It All To Go To War

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John Curtis with his 11-year-old son, John Wikiera. StoryCorps hide caption

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Adoptive Dad Dreamed A Dream That Brought Him A Son

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Drafted To Fight For The Country That Hurt Him

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Dawn Maestas has removed tattoos from women who have been branded as a result of domestic violence. She recorded an interview with one of her clients, who wanted to remain anonymous. StoryCorps hide caption

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Tattoo Removal Artist Helps Clients With Emotional Scars

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Living And Loving Through The Bubonic Plague

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Tim with his father, Keith, and brother Dan (right) at Tim's Place. Dan is the restaurant's operations manager. Courtesy of Tim Harris hide caption

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A 'Good Enough' Dad And His Special Son

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Luke and Mark Radlinski reunite at the airport after Mark's deployment in 2007. Courtesy of Luke Radlinski hide caption

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Returning From Duty, Finding Families' Embrace

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