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Meet our Advocates.

Their stories of turning adversity
into advocacy will inspire you!

Browse through our collection of inspiring stories from our incredible advocates.

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Robert Villanueva

Diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2001

Became national speaker & trainer for The National Alliance on Mental Illness

Read His Story

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Lisa Ford Berry

Lost son, Michael, to peer abuse-driven suicide

Created nonprofit organization to combat peer abuse

Read Her Story

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Corey Reich

Diagnosed with ALS in 2007

Founded "Corey's Crusade" to give voice to ALS sufferers

Read His Story

Dr BJ Miller

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BJ Miller

Adversity: Triple amputee, near-death experience

Advocacy: Provides palliative care to patients living and suffering with serious illness

“With my dramatic adversity comes the possibility for dramatic joy. Sharing this with others makes sweet of something tough. Life is hard enough as it is – we don’t need to suffer, […]

Becky Fein

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Becky Fein

Adversity: Sexual assault victim

Advocacy: Co-founder and director of The Powerful Voices Project

“Talking about my sexual assault with others, and hearing about theirs, has allowed us to create strength out of an experience that had been deeply disempowering. Through this work, I have come further in my […]

Vic Ojakian

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Vic Ojakian

Adversity: Loss of son to suicide

Advocacy: Suicide prevention and mental health awareness activist

“I love and miss my son, Adam. I channel those emotions and feelings into a determination to help others seek solutions other than killing themselves. From his death, I have gained a strength and a […]

Woody Weingarten

Woody Weingarten

Adversity: Wife diagnosed with breast cancer 20 years ago

Advocacy: Book author, blogger and leader of breast cancer caregiver support group

“Writing the book gave me the chance to show others going through the same up-and-downs that there can be light at the end of the proverbial tunnel.”

Woody […]

Clint Malarchuk

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Clint Malarchuk

Adversity: Diagnoses of depression and PTSD

Advocacy: Working to eliminate the stigma of mental illness.

“Speaking honestly about my battles is almost like a nationwide support group for me. It gives me fuel to keep moving forward and to continue to speak publicly about mental illness.”

Clint Malarchuk […]

Rebecca Alexander

Rebecca Alexander

Adversity: Usher Syndrome (visual and hearing impairment)

Advocacy: Has become the “poster child” for Usher Syndrome.

“I realized I was willing to be the poster child for this disease because I wanted to raise awareness about this. Without the awareness there will never be treatment developed for a […]

Kerry Magro

Kerry Magro

Adversity: Diagnosed with autism at age 4

Advocacy: Founded a nonprofit that advocates for those with disabilities and is an author and motivational speaker.

“I became an advocate as a freshman in college because I wanted to spread awareness of autism. I wanted to share my story with […]

Holly Wright

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Holly Wright

Adversity: Lost her daughter to pediatric brain cancer

Advocacy: Established a foundation to financially support families nationwide who are caring for children with brain cancer

“Since my daughter’s passing, I have found healing in helping others and I strive daily to shine a little light on those in […]

Maggie McKelvey

Maggie McKelvey

Adversity: Mother of a child with Down syndrome

Advocacy: Works to raise awareness and funding for Down syndrome research.

“If you don’t advocate for your children who will? You are their No. 1 supporter from the moment they are born. If you want something to happen, make it […]

April Rovero

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April Rovero

Adversity: Lost a child to prescription drug use

Advocacy: Founded a nonprofit to raise awareness of recreational prescription drug use

“Every parent who has lost a child worries that, as time goes on, they will be forgotten and they want their lives to have had meaning and a […]