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CIRS Mold Toxicity Treatment in Woodbridge, VA

Experiencing mold toxicity is a terrifying thought for most people. Although it may seem like an interesting concept for a medical drama, nobody wants to experience the effects of mold exposure firsthand.

Mold is a fungus that thrives in wet environments, such as under tiles, wood floors, and ceilings, pipes, and roofs. While several types of mold exist, some are more hazardous than others, and some individuals may be allergic or sensitive to mycotoxins, the toxins that mold naturally produces. Exposure to excessive amounts of mold, or the types of mold that trigger health problems, can lead to mold toxicity and even CIRS - Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome. This acute and chronic systemic inflammatory response syndrome is typically acquired after exposure to mold or other producers of biotoxins, usually from damaged water buildings.

If you believe that you're suffering from mold toxicity or mold illness, it can seem like the world is folding in on you. No matter what you do, your symptoms persist, lowering your quality of life and eliminating your peace of mind. Fortunately, there is reason to be hopeful: Proactive Wellness Centers now offers a research-backed, highly effective mold illness poisoning treatment in Woodbridge, VA for men and women just like yourself and your children as well if they have been impacted.

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CIRS and Mold Toxicity

CIRS and mold illness are on the rise, and accurate diagnosis of the issue plays a major role in this trend. Thanks to Dr. Ritchie Shoemaker, there is a huge body of evidence that covers diagnosing and treating patients with CIRS. Dr. Lawson is one of less than 30 practitioners in the United States that are fully certified by Dr. Shoemaker for diagnosing and treating CIRS. The body of evidence by Shoemaker and many associates is the largest body of scientific evidence that is published in major medical journals. Around 80% of CIRS/Mold cases are caused by indoor air contaminated with mold toxins and other triggers. However, it's important to note that CIRS can also be caused by biotoxin producers such as cyanobacteria and a marine dinoflagellate that produces the Ciguatera toxin found in certain types of fish.

When mold or biotoxins are not processed effectively, a series of biochemical changes known as the Biotoxin Pathway occur. Genetic studies have revealed that approximately 24% of individuals have a genetic makeup that makes them susceptible to developing an illness related to mold or biotoxins. The remaining 76% of the population can typically eliminate these toxins from their system and avoid the development of the Biotoxin Pathway that can lead to various diseases.

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CIRS and Mold Poisoning Misdiagnosis

CIRS and mold exposure symptoms overlap with many other chronic illnesses, which makes diagnosis challenging and can even lead to missed diagnosis of CIRS. Based on research from Proactive Wellness Centers, CIRS is frequently misdiagnosed. Some of the most common misdiagnoses include:

  • Lupus
  • Chronic Pain Syndrome
  • Fibromyalgia
  • Parkinson's Disease
  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • Chronic Fatigue Syndrome
  • PTSD
  • More

Lyme disease, in particular, is often misdiagnosed. We have treated a number of patients whose symptoms were in line with Lyme disease. Fortunately, we were able to confirm the presence of CIRS and mold and were able to successfully help those patients using CIRS treatment in Woodbridge, VA.

Note that many of these patients have CIRS and Lyme disease and in that case, it is necessary to treat both in order for full recovery. Treating one or the other will invariably leave the patient with debilitating symptoms and even more frustration with their medical team. At Proactive Wellness Centers, we are skilled In diagnosing and treating both.

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CIRS and Mold Poisoning Symptoms

If you're reading this page, chances are you're concerned that you might have CIRS or some form of mold poisoning. You may be wondering what you have - is it CIRS, or is it something else like Lyme disease? We can't provide the answer to that question without consultation and testing at our wellness center in Virginia. However, there are common symptoms of CIRS and mold toxicity you should know.

Some of the most common symptoms of CIRS include:

  • Fatigue
  • Decreased Word Finding
  • Headaches
  • Difficulty Concentrating
  • Morning Stiffness
  • Tremors
  • Excessive Thirst
  • Tingling
  • Night Sweats
  • Frequent Urination
  • Confusion
  • Mood Swings

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Tools for Diagnosing Mold Sickness and CIRS

Identifying and confirming if a patient is being impacted by CIRS and identifying the cause and source of the biotoxin are the two main steps in diagnosing CIRS and Mold Exposure. To diagnose CIRS and Mold Exposure, the following diagnostic tools are commonly used:

To learn more about the debilitating symptoms of mold sickness and to find out whether you have CIRS or something else, contact Proactive Wellness Centers. Our team of medical professionals is here to help you every step of the way.

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Hope for Patients with CIRS: Proactive Wellness Centers' Mold Illness Treatment in Woodbridge, VA

Our approach to treating CIRS utilizes integrative and functional medicine, The Shoemaker Protocol along with the latest evidence-based approaches to treating mold illness and the related secondary issues that it causes. We begin by utilizing advanced diagnostics to confirm the presence of the condition and identify the specific environment causing continued exposure to biotoxins. Next, we take a stepwise approach to halt the progression of the disease, eliminate biotoxins from the body, and reverse any damage to cellular structures. Our goal is to help patients achieve a full recovery.

To do this, we not only have to identify the primary condition like CIRS or Lyme disease, but we then have to continue looking to see if you have any of the common secondary conditions like reactivated EBV, Mast Cell Activation Syndrome (MCAS), and others. Once we understand the totally of your condition, then we can implement a treatment plan tailored for you. Yes, it will leverage the Shoemaker protocol, but we have found that we have to extend the protocol to cover the secondary issues that we uncover.

The steps we follow to reach that goal include:

In order to initiate the recovery process, it is important to address and resolve any affected areas, or, alternatively, relocate the patient from that environment if necessary. Prolonged exposure to mold can hinder the success of the treatment plan and impede the healing process.

Two commonly used binding agents in the process of treating Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome are Welchol and Cholestyramine. Cholestyramine is particularly effective in binding biotoxins that are processed in the liver's bile ducts and helps to eliminate them from the body. It has been scientifically proven, through placebo-controlled studies, to reverse multiple aspects of the inflammatory process associated with CIRS.

Many individuals experiencing mold sickness and other chronic inflammatory illnesses may have a staph infection called MARCoNS (Multiple Antibiotic Resistant Coagulase Negative Staphylococci) residing deep in their nasal cavities. This infection is resistant to antibiotics and needs to be eliminated for the patient to fully recover.

Each patient requires a customized plan based on the affected areas and CIRS severity. Retesting is necessary after each step to confirm balance restoration. Testing may include some or all of the following:
  • VIP
  • TGF Beta 1
  • MMP9
  • ADH
  • Antigliadin
  • Androgen Imbalance
  • C4a
  • More

In order to halt the growth of mold fungi, patients need to avoid foods that can cause mycotoxins. Some examples of these foods include:
  • Barley
  • Cottonseed
  • Peanuts
  • Corn
  • Black Pepper
  • Figs
  • Rice
  • Bread
  • Beans
  • More
Proactive Wellness has a proven track record of treating patients who have experienced severe health issues without any clear explanation. Unlike other "syndromes," our diagnosis process involves specific tests to confirm a diagnosis rather than simply ruling out other diseases.
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Fibromyalgia, Lupus, Chronic Fatigue, and Chronic Pain Syndrome are examples of illnesses that are often diagnosed without such confirmatory tests. If you are experiencing unexplained health issues or have been exposed to water-damaged buildings, it is possible that you are suffering from CIRS or a mold illness.

The good news is that we can diagnose and address this disease with a mold illness treatment program in Woodbridge, VA tailored to your body and your symptoms. That way, we can help you regain your health as soon as possible.

Be Wary of These

5 Symptoms of Mold Exposure

Mold spores can easily be brought into your home on your shoes or clothing or through open windows or doors. If these spores can find a warm, damp, humid environment, they can begin to multiply. Soon, your home can be filled with toxic mold. If you think mold has invaded your home or another environment, like in an office or warehouse, it's important for you to know about the symptoms.

Unfortunately, diagnosing mold issues can be exceptionally difficult. But why? The answer can be quite frustrating.

Understanding the Difficulty of Diagnosing Mold Symptoms

Many doctors fail to recognize the impact of mycotoxins emitted by certain indoor mold species, which can lead to chemical and inflammatory reactions. While conventional medicine acknowledges that mold can cause allergies, it may overlook this crucial aspect of mold-related health issues.

This can happen for several reasons:

  • Standardized treatment protocols for mold toxicity are offered mostly by Functional/Integrative physicians as the conventional physicians are not on board despite over 20 years of published research. Due to this issue, patients spend precious months/years going from doctor to doctor in the conventional channel with no answers.
  • Though ERMI testing has been accepted in the integrative/functional medical community, there isn't a "gold standard" in mold testing that is universally accepted.
  • Mold symptoms can manifest in vastly different ways depending on the patient.
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After understanding the points above, it's no wonder that mold poisoning can be hard to diagnose. Fortunately, integrative and functional holistic medicine providers and wellness centers like Proactive Wellness are flipping the proverbial script. Unlike traditional clinics, our team considers environmental factors that can affect patient health and has advanced training to provide mold poisoning treatment in Woodbridge, VA.

Now that you understand why mold symptoms are so hard to diagnose let's take a closer look at five of the most common indicators of mold sickness.

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Fatigue

Fatigue is probably the number one symptom of well over 90% of CIRS patients. The level of fatigue varies from 5 on a 10 point scale all the way to 10 on a 10 point scale. Many patients can no longer work or remain productive as in the worst cases, the fatigue is overwhelming. College students living in moldy dorms frequently have to drop out of school until the illness is treated effectively. Older adults have to retire or stop working due the fatigue. If you have overwhelming fatigue, CIRS may be a major contributor to your illness.

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Breathing Problems

Exposure to mold can cause a host of respiratory problems, such as breathing difficulties, allergies, and asthma, especially in individuals with a weakened immune system. Mold can worsen asthma, irritate the nasal passages, lungs, and throat, and lead to symptoms such as wheezing, coughing, sneezing, sore throat, and nasal congestion. Other health issues such as hypersensitivity pneumonitis, sinus congestion, allergic rhinitis, asthma, and allergic bronchopulmonary aspergillosis have also been associated with mold sickness.

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Sadness and Depression

Mold can cause a variety of illnesses that can show up in different ways, such as psychological symptoms like anxiety, depression, insomnia, concentration problems, and memory loss. It has been reported that nearly 40% of people who live in moldy homes experience depression. Researchers suggest that exposure to toxic mold and dealing with the physical symptoms of mold illness can contribute to mental health issues.

Due to this phenomenon, many mold patients are given antidepressant medications in the conventional channels.

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Feeling "Pins and Needles"

Numbness, twitching, or tingling in the extremities, such as hands, feet, legs, and arms, is another symptom of mold illness. The sensation is similar to pins and needles, which are often felt when the body is held in an uncomfortable position for a long time. While this sensation can indicate serious nerve damage or disease, it can also be a symptom of mold sickness.

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Digestion Problems and Disorders

When exposed to mold, individuals may experience various digestive problems. Some may lose their appetite, leading to unintentional weight loss. Others may suffer from stomach pain, nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting. Furthermore, the influx of mold spores may trigger systemic inflammation, causing bloating and weight gain due to the digestive system's exposure to harmful mold.

Top Tips for

Controlling Mold in Your Environment

It's not possible to completely eliminate all mold and mold spores from your home or place of work. However, since mold spores need moisture to grow, the best way to prevent or get rid of growth is to reduce the moisture in your environment. If you already have mold growing there, it's important to clean it up and address the issue causing dampness. If you only clean up the mold and don't address the underlying problem, the mold is likely to return.

Here are some tips to help reduce moisture throughout your home or office:

  • Use A/C or Dehumidifiers. This is especially important if you live in a hot, humid area of the United States.
  • Ensure A/C drip pans are clean, dry, and obstruction-free.
  • Thoroughly dry areas that are damp or wet within 48 hours.
  • Be sure to install insulation in cold areas like your home's exterior walls and windows. Doing so will reduce condensation.
  • Work with an HVAC company to check your HVAC system. Doing so can help ensure your unit is removing as much humidity as possible.
  • Keep the humidity in your home below 60% whenever possible.
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Here are some tips to help reduce moisture in your kitchen:

  • Check for leaks near your ice makers, sinks, and anywhere else water is present.
  • Make sure your exhaust fans are directing moisture outside, not into your attic.
  • If you notice your appliances are causing moisture on windows and other surfaces, turn them off as soon as you're done using them.

Here are some tips to help reduce moisture in crawlspaces:

  • Use a plastic covering on the dirt in your crawlspace. Doing so will prevent moisture from saturating the ground.
  • Ensure that your crawlspace or basement is ventilated well.
  • Check your home's gutters. Make sure they're directing water away from your property, not toward your foundation or crawlspace.

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Mold Toxicity Treatment in Woodbridge, VA

Trying to "tough it out" through life with CIRS isn't any way to live. If you're suffering from the effects of biotoxin illness, you should know that there are solutions available to help you reclaim your health and your life. With the help of a can-do attitude, healthy living, and mold illness treatment from Proactive Wellness, there's light at the end of the dark tunnel you're trapped within. Contact our office today to get started on your first step toward recovery!

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Rain, Warm Temps Forecast For VA, DC Until New Year's Holiday

WASHINGTON, DC — After a mild Christmas weekend, temperatures will warm from the low 50s to the 60s by Thursday in Maryland before temperatures drop into the 40s during the day and low 30s at night. Expect rain daily Tuesday through Friday, the National Weather Service said.The average temperature in the DC area for December is 47 degrees, the NWS said. Most of the month has been well above that.Saturday brought a high of 49 degrees to Northern Virginia and DC, while Christmas Eve warmed to 51. Christmas Day saw a high te...

WASHINGTON, DC — After a mild Christmas weekend, temperatures will warm from the low 50s to the 60s by Thursday in Maryland before temperatures drop into the 40s during the day and low 30s at night. Expect rain daily Tuesday through Friday, the National Weather Service said.

The average temperature in the DC area for December is 47 degrees, the NWS said. Most of the month has been well above that.

Saturday brought a high of 49 degrees to Northern Virginia and DC, while Christmas Eve warmed to 51. Christmas Day saw a high temperature of 61 degrees — 14 degrees above average, according to The Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang.

The heaviest rain comes Tuesday night and Wednesday, the Post predicts. Much of the region may pick up another 1 to 2 inches of rain overall this week.

"The final weekend of 2023 trends drier, colder and sunnier. Highs each day should reach the 40s to near 50 under partly to mostly sunny skies," the Capital Weather Gang said. "Mostly clear Saturday night as lows drop back to the mid-20s to low 30s. An early look at Sunday night, New Year’s Eve, looks mostly clear with evening temperatures falling into the 30s and overnight lows in the mid-20s to mid-30s."

The next couple of days will bring a lot of clouds and continued rain chances. However, this is to come with a gradual warmup through Thursday, before temps fall into the holiday weekend, the National Weather Service said. "Snow showers are possible each day over the Alleghenies starting late Thursday."

AccuWeather meteorologists say the latest round of damp and mild weather that made it a green Christmas for many comes thanks to a storm track over the center of the country that is pumping mild and moist air into the region. This same storm threatens to unleash a blizzard across part of the northern Plains into Tuesday.

"The far-reaching storm will slowly inch its way east into the mid-Atlantic on Tuesday and then New England by later Wednesday, bringing a return of steadier rain with continued mild weather," Meteorologist Brandon Buckingham said.

Tuesday: Scattered showers, mainly before 4pm. Cloudy, with a high near 51. East wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 40%.

Tuesday Night: Rain. Low around 47. East wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Wednesday: Rain. High near 57. East wind 7 to 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 100%. New precipitation amounts between three quarters and one inch possible.

Wednesday Night: A chance of showers before 10pm, then a chance of rain, mainly between 10pm and 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 48. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming light and variable. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Thursday: A slight chance of showers. Partly sunny, with a high near 58. Northwest wind 5 to 7 mph. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Thursday Night: A chance of showers, mainly after 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 44. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Friday: A chance of showers. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 52. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Friday Night: A chance of showers before 1am. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 40. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

Saturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 48.

Saturday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 33.

Sunday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 48.

Sunday Night: Partly cloudy, with a low around 33.

New Year's Day: Partly sunny, with a high near 46.

Veterans Day 2023 Food Freebies And Deals In VA

VIRGINIA — As has become traditional on Veterans Day, many Virginia restaurants are offering free deals and discounts to veterans and members of the military.Veterans Day is always Nov. 11, which falls on a Saturday this year. Some of the deals start before or extend beyond the actual holiday.Replacing the former Armistice Day, which commemorated the end of World War I, Veterans Day became an official holiday in 1...

VIRGINIA — As has become traditional on Veterans Day, many Virginia restaurants are offering free deals and discounts to veterans and members of the military.

Veterans Day is always Nov. 11, which falls on a Saturday this year. Some of the deals start before or extend beyond the actual holiday.

Replacing the former Armistice Day, which commemorated the end of World War I, Veterans Day became an official holiday in 1954 to thank and honor all of those who have served honorably in the military, whether in wartime or peacetime.

In most cases, the deals are extended beyond veterans to active members of the military and to their spouses and families in some cases. Most require some type of proof of military service, such as a military ID card or a Veterans Administration benefits card.

As curated from Military.com, a news and resource website for members of the military and veterans, deals in Virginia include:

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Applebee’s: Active-duty military, veterans, reserves and National Guard get a complimentary full-size entrée from a special menu and other perks on Nov. 11 (dine-in only).

Bar Louie: Active-duty military and veterans get a free Craft Burger on Nov. 11 (dine-in only).

BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse: Free Chocolate Chunk Pizookie with any $9.95 purchase and additional perks with a $14.95 purchase.

Bob Evans: Veterans and active-duty military get a free meal from a select menu on Nov. 11 (dine-in only).

Bonefish Grill: Active-duty service members and veterans get a complimentary order of Bang Bang Shrimp with a soft beverage on Nov. 11

Buffalo Wild Wings: Veterans and active-duty service members get a free order of 10 Boneless Wings and Fries on Nov. 11 with a valid ID. (Dine-in only, except at “go” locations, which will recognize the deals on walk-in orders placed at the counter).

California Pizza Kitchen: Veterans and active-duty military members get a complimentary meal Nov. 11.

Carrabba’s Italian Grill: Veterans and active-duty military get a complimentary dine-in appetizer or dessert paired with a soft drink on Nov. 11.

Chili’s: Veterans and active-duty service members get a free meal from a select menu on Nov. 11 (dine-in only).

Dave & Buster’s: Veterans get a free entree (up to $20) and a free $10 Power Card on Nov. 11.

Denny’s: All active and retired military personnel get a free Original Grand Slam from 5 a.m. to noon Friday, Nov. 10 (dine-in only).

Dunkin’: Veterans and active-duty military get a free doughnut of their choice on Nov. 11 (in-store only).

Golden Corral: The chain is offering a free meal to dine-in customers on Military Appreciation night from 5 p.m. to close on Nov. 13.

Hooters Restaurants: Active-duty military and veterans get a free entrée from a special menu with the purchase of a beverage on Nov. 11 (dine-in only).

IHOP: Veterans and active-duty military get free Red, White, & Blueberry Pancakes or Pancake Combo from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. on Nov. 11 (dine-in only).

Mission BBQ: Veterans get a free sandwich on Nov. 11.

Outback Steakhouse: Active-duty military and veterans get a free Bloomin’ Onion and beverage with the purchase of an adult entrée on Nov. 11 (dine-in only).

Perkins: Veterans and active-duty military get a free Magnificent Seven Meal on Nov. 11.

Red Lobster: Veterans, active-duty military and reservists get free printed meal vouchers for Veterans Shrimp & Chips from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. on Nov. 11.The voucher can be redeemed Nov. 13-Dec. 10 (dine-in only).

Red Robin: Veterans and active-duty military get a complimentary Red's Big Tavern Burger with an endless side of steak fries on Nov. 11 (dine-in only).

Sizzler: Active-duty military and veterans get a free entrée from a special menu until 4 p.m. on Nov 11.

Smoothie King: Active-duty military and veterans get a free smoothie from one of three red, white, and blue smoothies on Nov. 11.

Starbucks: Veterans, active-duty military personnel and their spouses get a free 12-ounce hot or or cold brewed coffee on Nov. 11.

TCBY: Veterans and active military personnel get their first 6 ounces of frozen yogurt for free on Nov. 11.

Uno Pizzeria & Grill: Veterans and active-duty military get a free meal on Nov. 11.

Discounts On Eats

BurgerFi: Veterans and active-duty military get 20 percent off their entire order on Nov. 11(dine-in only).

Joe’s Crab Shack: Veterans get 20 percent off their meal from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 11 (dine-in only).

Kona Grill: Veterans and active-duty military receive 50 percent off food from Nov. 10-13.

McCormick & Schmick's Seafood Restaurants: Veterans, National Guard, Gold Star Parents, and Gold Star Spouses can enjoy a select half-priced entrée on Nov. 12 (dine-in only).

Metro Diner: Active-duty and retired military receive 50 percent off their bills on Nov. 11.

Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery: Active-duty service members and veterans get 20 percent off on Nov. 11 (dine-in or to-go).

Military.com has more specifics about each of the deals and is updating its site daily as more eateries confirm their 2023 Veterans Day plans.

‘I had to go in': Woodbridge man honored for rescuing his 4-year-old from fire

A Northern Virginia man will receive a "Hero's Award Proclamation" for rushing into a burning home and saving his young daughter from the fire.Dominic Walker suffered third-degree burns when the home he was in outside of St. Louis blew up in July. His arms and legs remain covered as they heal from skin grafts.Walker kicked out a window to escape the fire because the door was covered in flames. Once he got outside, he realized his daughter was still inside and went back to rescue her, finding her trapped underneath the...

A Northern Virginia man will receive a "Hero's Award Proclamation" for rushing into a burning home and saving his young daughter from the fire.

Dominic Walker suffered third-degree burns when the home he was in outside of St. Louis blew up in July. His arms and legs remain covered as they heal from skin grafts.

Walker kicked out a window to escape the fire because the door was covered in flames. Once he got outside, he realized his daughter was still inside and went back to rescue her, finding her trapped underneath the collapsed roof burning on top of her.

“I went inside and I lifted it up and, and she came, and got her," Walker said.

He hoisted the fallen roof off 4-year-old Mariah as that roof burned the skin off of his body.

"I had to go in there and do that,” Walker said. “It just wouldn't have been any other way."

Walker’s mother told News4 she couldn’t recognize her son when she saw him in the hospital in July. He was put in a medically induced coma for three weeks.

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“As soon as I woke up, I'm like, 'Where's Mariah? Is she okay?’" he said.

Her face was badly burned, but she's alive because of her dad.

The next time he saw her, the family celebrated her 5th birthday in the hospital. He got to see his little girl laugh and smile again, but she didn't recognize him, either.

“That hurt a lot, you know, and I’m sitting in a wheelchair, I couldn't really do much about it, but she did come up and gave me a hug,” Walker said. “And once she heard my voice, she was like, OK, that's dad."

Doctors weren't sure if or when he'd walk again, and talking again could have taken months. His doctors are blown away that he's already doing both, he said.

“You never really know what can change in five minutes,” Walker said. “Enjoy life and be more caring towards others.”

Prince William County will honor Walker at a ceremony on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 2 p.m.

Prince William County Elections: 7 School Board Seats On Ballot

WOODBRIDGE, VA — Election Day is here for voters in Woodbridge and across Prince William County. This year, voters can cast their ballot in local races for school board, county supervisor, the State Senate, and the House of Delegates.Every seat on the Prince William County School Board is up for election this year.Throughout the county, school board challengers cited concerns about the current school board. Challengers often cited learning loss from the pandemic and school safety concerns. Incumbent school board members t...

WOODBRIDGE, VA — Election Day is here for voters in Woodbridge and across Prince William County. This year, voters can cast their ballot in local races for school board, county supervisor, the State Senate, and the House of Delegates.

Every seat on the Prince William County School Board is up for election this year.

Throughout the county, school board challengers cited concerns about the current school board. Challengers often cited learning loss from the pandemic and school safety concerns. Incumbent school board members touted their efforts to increase teacher pay and implement new security scanners in schools.

Carrie Rist, a challenger for the at-large seat, said in a Patch questionnaire that the school system was in a crisis. "Worsening violence and bullying, plummeting academic performance, and the worst teacher shortage in Prince William County history have deprived our children of the promise of a world-class education," Rist said.

Rist, incumbent Woodbridge school board member Loree Williams, and Occoquan district challenger Ryan Kirkpatrick were the only candidates to respond to Patch's questionnaire.

You can confirm your districts on the Virginia Department of Elections citizen portal. Voters can also find their polling place online.

Oct. 16 was the deadline for voter registration or updating an existing voter registration (such as an address change). Voters who did not update their registration before the Oct. 16 deadline can cast a provisional ballot on Election Day through the same-day registration process.

Visit your assigned polling place during voting hours to cast a ballot on Tuesday, Nov. 7. Voting hours are 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. You can find your polling place on the Virginia Department of Elections citizen portal.

An acceptable form of ID is required to vote in person on Election Day. Provisional ballots are an alternative to voters without an ID at their polling place.

Unofficial election results will start to come in after polls close at 7 p.m. on Nov. 7 on the Virginia Department of Elections website. Follow Patch on Election Day for live coverage of local and state election results.

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Prince William School Board Chair Results: Lateef Holds Lead

Updated at 10:45 p.m.PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, VA — Unofficial results showed incumbent Prince William County School Board Chair Babur Lateef with a lead over two challengers on Tuesday night.(See real-time election results at the bottom of this story.)Every seat on the Prince William County School Board was up for election this year, including the at-large chair seat.At 10 p.m., Lateef held 49 percent of the tallied votes, according to unofficial results with all precincts reporting. ...

Updated at 10:45 p.m.

PRINCE WILLIAM COUNTY, VA — Unofficial results showed incumbent Prince William County School Board Chair Babur Lateef with a lead over two challengers on Tuesday night.

(See real-time election results at the bottom of this story.)

Every seat on the Prince William County School Board was up for election this year, including the at-large chair seat.

At 10 p.m., Lateef held 49 percent of the tallied votes, according to unofficial results with all precincts reporting. Carrie Rist held 40 percent of votes, while Kimberly Mehlman-Orozco secured 9 percent of votes. Provisional ballots have not been included yet, according to the department of elections.

Erica Tredinnick, Lisa Zargarpur, Jennifer Wall, Tracy Blake, R.M Jessie, Jr., Justin Wilk, and Loree Williams also held leads in their respective races, unofficial results showed.

Throughout the county, challengers cited concerns about the current school board. Challengers often cited learning loss from the pandemic and school safety concerns. Incumbent school board members touted their efforts to increase teacher pay and implement new security scanners in schools.

Carrie Rist, a challenger for the at-large seat, said in a Patch questionnaire that the school system was in a crisis. "Worsening violence and bullying, plummeting academic performance, and the worst teacher shortage in Prince William County history have deprived our children of the promise of a world-class education," Rist said.

Jaylen Custis is a 19-year-old candidate for school board in the Woodbridge District. Custis spoke to a Patch reporter outside a Woodbridge voting precinct and reinforced his motivation for running.

Custis believes the school system needs a change due to concerns about test scores, student safety, and resources for students.

In a 1 p.m. update, the Prince William County Office of Elections said 33,000 ballots had been cast across the county.

"That is more than 10% of our total registered voters, and does not include Early Voting or mail ballot returns," the department wrote on social media.

Refresh this article for the latest tallies in Prince William County's supervisor and countywide races.

Where To Find Election Results

Unofficial election results are available on the Virginia Department of Elections website. Follow Patch on Election Day for live coverage of local and state election results.

Real-time results are below — use the scroll on the right if all races are not visible. Patch will be updating the results throughout the night as votes are tallied — be sure to refresh the page for the latest updates.

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