We Help Ourselves
We help ourselves by
helping others

The Adversity 2 Advocacy Alliance is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting and fostering the power of turning personal challenges into service to others with similar challenges.

Robert Villanueva
Robert Villanueva

Diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 2001
Became national speaker & trainer for The National Alliance on Mental Illness

Hope Exchange
Wall of Allies
Wall of Allies

Our allies support the A2A mission and our courageous advocates who are leading the way from adversity to advocacy.

What We Do

What We Do

Network and Support
Adversity-Driven Advocates

Provide Pathways
to Advocacy

Showcase the Power of
Turning Adversity into Advocacy

Why A2A Works

Why A2A Works

Corey Reich
Corey Reich

Diagnosed with ALS in 2007
Founded "Corey's Crusade" to give voice to ALS sufferers

Mary Nicholson
Mary Nicholson

Suffered stroke & brain aneurysm in 2003
Founded Healings in Motion to support Northern California stroke victims

Ann Graham
Ann Graham

Diagnosed with osteosarcoma
Founded a nonprofit to serve pediatric cancer patients

Barbara Claypole White
Barbara Claypole White

Son diagnosed with OCD at age 8
Uses fiction writing and blogging to provide hope to those with OCD

David Flink
David Flink

Diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia
Started a national mentoring program for youth with learning disabilities

Scott Fedor
Scott Fedor

Paralyzed from the neck down after a diving accident
Founded Getting Back Up for others with spinal cord injuries

Zack Burton
Dr. Zachary Burton

Diagnosed with bipolar I disorder with psychosis
Co-founded and leads The Manic Monologues to disrupt stigma; serves with various mental health nonprofits

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We Help Ourselves
Robert Villanueva
Hope Exchange
Wall of Allies
What We Do
Why A2A Works
Corey Reich
Mary Nicholson
Ann Graham
Barbara Claypole White
David Flink
Scott Fedor
Zack Burton
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A2A and You: What We Do 

Network and Support Adversity-Driven Advocates

A2A is creating the world’s largest network of “adversity-driven advocates” individuals who have successfully turned a personal challenge into service to others with similar challenges.
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Provide Pathways to Advocacy

The common passion uniting all Team A2A and A2A Alliance members is a commitment to helping others help themselves by helping others.
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Showcase the Power of Turning Adversity into Advocacy

At the core of A2A’s mission is a commitment to showcasing the experiential AND empirical evidence supporting the age-old adage that we help ourselves by helping others.
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“Taking the focus off me and focusing on
others became part of the healing process”

Meet our A2A advocates. Their stories of turning adversity into advocacy will inspire you!