John Seevers was born with birth defects in both legs. A series of surgeries led doctors to perform a double rotation — turning his forward-facing feet backwards. He doesn’t want you to feel sorry for him or to tell him to “hang in there.” He wants you to watch him racing hard against able-bodied swimmers, setting records in the process, and realize that we’re all capable of standing tall.
In this episode of Surviving & Thriving, meet a renowned artist in his mid-90s who still paints every day. Find out why he has no plans of living his final years quietly. Plus, a former soldier explains how his wartime experiences in Iraq inspired him to enroll in med school — in his 40s!
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.
Produced by Bolder Broadcasting, Inc. and hosted by three-time cancer survivor Wendy Chioji, the Emmy-nominated “Surviving & Thriving” empowers and inspires viewers of all ages.
Growing Bolder contributor and Surviving & Thriving host Wendy Chioji is an Emmy Award-winning journalist, an adventurer racer, a world traveler, and a two-time cancer survivor in the midst of another battle against the disease. Yet it hasn’t stopped her from living life boldly. Find out why she calls worrying “wasted energy.”
Susan Helmrich is a three-time cancer survivor, a world-ranked masters swimmer and one of the country’s top health and wellness coaches. Get inspired by her passion for not only surviving but thriving as well.
Donna Dowless is an artist as well as Orlando’s Official Ambassador of Love, appointed to the position by Mayor Buddy Dyer in 2007. In the aftermath of Pulse nightclub tragedy, Donna’s love has never been more needed and more appreciated than it is now.
NFL great Reggie Williams built a career on overcoming long odds and his retirement from football has been one major health challenge after another. But he’s still here, still fighting and gathering the strength for what may be his biggest challenge yet.
In this episode of “Surviving & Thriving,” meet a man who survived the seemingly unsurvivable. Find out why he credits rock and roll with saving his life. Plus, former co-anchors Wendy Chioji and Jim Payne reunite to discuss Wendy’s life after TV news and the lessons learned from her latest bout with cancer.