Surviving & Thriving is a quarterly special that airs exclusively on WESH-TV. It's a program filled with hope, inspiration and possibility that shines a spotlight on those who refused to give in when confronted with the kinds of challenges nearly every family faces. From cancer to cardiac disease; the loss of a spouse to the loss of a job, Surviving & Thriving is about standing up and fighting for all that life has to offer and in some cases, for life itself. These battles are rarely fought alone. We all need inspiration from the examples of others who have not only survived but thrived in the aftermath of hardship. Surviving & Thriving provides those examples.
Nominated for Emmy Awards in its first three seasons, Surviving & Thriving is produced by Growing Bolder and hosted by three-time cancer survivor Wendy Chioji and WESH-TV's Jim Payne, with reports from Marc Middleton, Bill Shafer and Secily Wilson.
Scott Hamilton has faced stage 4 cancer and three brain tumors. He lost his high-profile broadcasting gig to two younger people. He was adopted and grew up pursuing a sport his family could barely afford. Through it all, one thing has never changed — he’s an eternal optimist. Get his tips for finishing first in your life.
Charmaine Gilbreath had a dream. And nothing, not even age, was going to stop her. She retired at 63 and enrolled at The DAVE School to study digital animation and special effects with some of America’s top teachers and experts. From there, she found herself overcoming obstacles inside the classroom and out, but she never gave up on her goals.
Your past may be the key to your future health. A top researcher explains says the precision medicine revolution has not only arrived, it’s changing the very nature of health-care in this country. Find out how to help your doctors best help you.
The Emmy-nominated Surviving & Thriving is back! In this episode, you’ll meet men and women who have overcome some of life’s most incredible challenges. Their examples will share a message that none of us can ever hear too much — hope is always attainable. No matter what you’re facing.
She was her city’s first female African-American lifeguard. She’s spent decades helping and ministering to the people of her community. She’s survived lupus. And now, at the age of 76, Ms. Vi has achieved something she’s dreamed about for years — she’s a college graduate.
Despite grueling treatments, experimental drug protocols, surgeries and battles with four types of cancer, triathlete Tony Handler has never given up and continues to beat Mr. Cancer every time he crosses the finish line.
Charlotte Stewart, who played the beloved and wholesome teacher Miss Beadle on the Little House series, rips the petticoats off her “good girl” image and reveals that in her real life, things weren’t so G-rated. From road trips with Jim Morrison to partying with Bill Murray, she’s dishing the dirt and explaining how it’s never too late for any of us to start over again.
Connie Curry laced up her first pair of skates at the age of 60, only to become a championship figure skater by the age of 77. She explains how it’s just the latest thing she’s learned to do throughout her life, including not learning how to read until she was in college due to a serious health challenge. She’ll inspire you to keep growing!
What happens when an athlete who is mostly non-verbal or very shy comes alive in front of the camera? Magic. Step inside the studio for a day of media training with Special Olympians, and find out how you can help their dreams come true.
Find out how one man has evolved from a college dropout to enlisting in the Army and becoming an Army chaplain’s assistant on the frontlines of the war in Iraq to his current life: a husband, father of two and first-year med student — at the age of 40.