From the Albany (N.Y.) Times Union:
Faith, family help her overcome adversity
Valeber Crowson copes with illness by focusing her energy on positive
By BRENDAN LYONS, Staff writer
First published: Wednesday, December 14, 2005
ALBANY -- There is only one Valeber Crowson. She was born in southern Mississippi 59 years ago and should've been named for her mother's friend, Valeve.
But a nurse miswrote her name on a birth certificate, and Crowson's mother learned it would cost $25 to correct the error, even though it wasn't the family's fault.
Money was tight in Waynesboro, Miss., a community where grandmothers ran many of the small farms, and neighbors leaned on one another for help in tough times.
"My mother said, 'Well, you're going to keep the name,'" Crowson recalled.
[Read the whole story]