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Corey Reich

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

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Robert Villanueva

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

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Lisa Ford Berry

Lost son, Michael, to peer abuse-driven suicide
Created nonprofit organization to combat peer abuse

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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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Vic Ojakian

Vic Ojakian

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...

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Woody Weingarten

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...

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Clint Malarchuk

Clint Malarchuk

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...

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Rebecca Alexander

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....

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Kerry Magro

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...

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Holly Wright

Holly Wright

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...

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April Rovero

April Rovero

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...

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David Flink

David Flink

David Flink Adversity: Learning disabilities – ADHD and dyslexia Advocacy: Started a national mentoring program for youth with learning disabilities “Mentoring has become a platform that allows people with learning differences to have our stories be seen...

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Ro Vitale

Ro Vitale

Ro Vitale Adversity: Diagnosed with severe OCD Advocacy: Speaks, writes and sings in English and Spanish to support others with OCD Photo by: Santiago Giovanetti “There’s much beauty in being of service to someone that’s battling the same adversity....

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Susan Burton

Susan Burton

Susan Burton Adversity: Grief over loss of her son led to drug use, criminal activity Advocacy: Started a nonprofit to provide housing and support services to recently incarcerated women “What I’ve been through and what I do is a powerful tool to show...

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Steve Wampler

Steve Wampler

Steve Wampler Adversity: Cerebral Palsy Advocacy: Established various advocacy pathways to show children with disabilities that their dreams are possible. "My advocacy allows kids to see their full potential. What I mean is that they can get their way with...

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Joshua Toch

Joshua Toch

Joshua Toch Adversity: Was bullied by fellow students due to the effects of cerebral palsy Advocacy: Started a nonprofit speakers bureau to educate the public about bullying and overcoming adversity “By speaking out, I see this transformation. I see people...

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