Gordon and Jill Viggiano's story is one of determination and triumph. On Gordon's 51st birthday, he suffered a massive stroke that paralyzed the right side of his body, stole his memory, impaired his cognitive processing, and drastically reduced his ability to speak. With an intense drive and the will to succeed, they created a new life for their family. Their story proclaims that we should never settle for less than we want to be.
Craig Blanchette was born without a femur on both legs. He is a powerhouse athlete, having claimed numerous medals and world records in wheelchair racing. He is currently a health and life coach, inspiring his clients to create a healthy and fabulous life at www.craveoptimalhealth.com. Craig is the camp director for the wheelchair camp at Ironwood Springs Christian Ranch. He is also a motivational speaker. First and foremost, Craig is a husband, father and grandfather. He is undeniably successful!
In this episode of A Leg Up On Life, host Roni Sasaki, shares her story of being born with only one leg. She held onto a secret dream to become an Olympic Athlete, even though it seemed unlikely to ever happen. In 1992, Sasaki won a Gold Medal and two Bronze Medals at the Paralympics held in Albertville, France. Her story will inspire you to achieve your goals and dreams by embracing your imperfections.
In this episode of A Leg Up On Life, former Paralympic Gold Medalist, Roni Sasaki, interviews Andrew Kurka, a Gold Medalist from the PyeongChang 2018 Paralympics. Andrew won the Men's Sitting Downhill and he claimed a silver medal in the Men's Sitting Super-G. Andrew shares his story of success and dreams for the future. He offers inspiration and practical advice for achievement. He lives by the motto, "Life's short, live it fast!"
Rene' Steelman is a professional speaker, radio show host and the mother of six children. Her sixth child, TJ, was born with severe Cerebral Palsy and Rene' is his full-time caregiver. In this podcast, she shares their story and gives listener's a glimpse of their daily lives.
Kip Johnson was an all-star athlete in high school who experienced a life-changing injury while he was skiing. He crashed into a tree and broke his neck, becoming a C5/6 quadriplegic. Kip chose to live his life in a chair with the same bold gusto and determination that he lived with prior to his accident. Ashley is Kip's wife and together they work as a team to build the life they desire. Kip is a professional real estate agent and a rugby player and coach.
Debbie Wooten is a vivacious woman who contracted polio when she was five months old. She experienced many strikes against her, yet she chose to live by the mantra, "Kick Can't to the Curb." Debbie is a stand-up comedian and international motivational speaker. She shares her wisdom about success and parenting in a way that will both make you laugh and inspire you.
In June 2017, Bobby Asa was in a devastating car accident, suffering severe brain and spinal damage. The doctors said that if he lived, he would most likely be a vegetable and a quadriplegic. His family rallied and fought for his recovery. He has defied the odds and six months later, his recovery is nothing short of miraculous. In this podcast, Bobby and his mother, Heather, will inspire you as they share his story.
In this episode, Roni introduces her new book, "From The Start." She interviews Cathy Patti, her teammate from U.S. Disabled Ski Team. Cathy lost her leg to bone cancer when she was a child. She also pursued her dream to be a ski racer. Cathy successes include winning a silver medal in the Olympics and a gold medal in the 1990 World Disabled Ski Championships.
In this first podcast episode of A Leg Up On Life, host Roni Sasaki interviews Jake French. Jake is the very definition of inspiration. As a young man on top of the world with a new college degree and dream job as a forester, his life was suddenly turned upside down by a devastating spinal cord injury that left him a quadriplegic.
Enduring many monumental struggles, Jake was transformed into a man with another dream: to help others face their challenges and realize their dreams. Jake shares from firsthand experience what has to happen to keep organizations and individuals moving forward when life happens.
Today he rocks the stage teaching groups how to add optimism back into the office, and leads teams to bring the best out of each situation, and most importantly, each other. Jake French exudes inspiration. He teaches what fuels it, inhibits it, and the strategies you can use to leverage it.
Jake is the author of Life Happens Live it! Transforming Life's Challenges into Doors of Opportunity
His website is www.JakeFrenchInspires.com
Roni Sasaki is a former Paralympic Gold Medalist, Speaker, Author, and Entrepreneur. Her podcast, "A Leg Up On Life" brings you stories of amazing people that take success to a whole new level.