Kellie Delabitoria is a full-time caretaker for her adult son, who is autistic. She lives by faith and prayer and takes one day at a time. She is a "behind-the-scene" hero who often goes without recognition for her efforts. In this interview, Kellie candidly shares her daily struggles and successes. Her positivity is contagious, and she will inspire listeners to trust and have faith in God.
Michelle Kuei is an international speaker, certified visibility coach, and author who empowers others to build resiliency, overcome tragedy, and find purpose in every challenge. When she was an 11-year old student in Taiwan, a car ran a red light and hit her as she crossed the street. Michelle's desire to be "normal" prompted her to complete a 4-day hike to Machu Picchu in Peru. Through her company, Elevate LifeCoaching, she inspires others to be brave.
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Vasu Sojitra is an extreme back-country skier. When he was only nine months old, he had one of his legs amputated because of a blood infection. Vasu's passion is to spread the message that having a disability is not a bad thing. His motto is "ninjasticking through the woods to bring intersectionality to the outdoors."
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Candice Caesar is an Army veteran, and it was during her service that she became paralyzed. She learned to walk despite the doctor’s prediction that she would never walk again. At that time, she set a goal to walk a marathon someday. Since then, Candice has completed a half marathon in nearly all 50 states (with only two remaining as of this podcast). She is also a contender for the U.S. Para Archery team and is preparing for the World Championships in Dubai.
Maureen Manley is a world-class cyclist. She is a former member of the U.S. Cycling Team, where she won a National Championship. Manley also set a national record and won numerous medals at both international and national racing events.
At the peak of her career, Maureen was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and gave up her dream of being a world champion.
Now years later, she is back on her bike and a creative force for herself and others. Maureen leads the battle to build resilience, cultivate courage, and triumph over adversity.
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Jesse Fay has faced life-threatening illnesses twice in his life. When he was only 3, he was diagnosed with a rare form of Leukemia. After an aggressive treatment regime, including a bone marrow transplant, Jesse kicked cancer. Again when he was a teenager, he began to experience problems with his kidneys and discovered that he had Polycystic Kidney Disease. The condition escalated until Jesse needed a transplant. His dad, Joe Fay, turned out to be the ideal donor. In this episode of A Leg Up On Life, father and son share their story of faith and recovery.
Angie Heuser has been an above-the-knee amputee since 2018. She injured her knee during a taekwondo belt promotion test. What seemed to be a routine MCL tear led to numerous surgeries and crippling pain. Her knee refused to heal, and after years of medical procedures, Angie realized that her life had become severely impaired by her limitations. She chose to have the leg amputated so that she could regain mobility and reclaim her life. Angie is the host of Be-You-Tiful Adaptive Warrior podcast, where she inspires, educates, and empowers others to live powerful lives as warriors.
Chris Waddell is one of the fastest mono-skiers of all time, and he impacted his sport profoundly. Chris won 13 Paralympic medals in both the summer and winter events. He is a member of the Paralympic Hall of Fame and the US Ski and Snow Bard Hall of Fame. His many accomplishments include climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro and being one of People Magazine's "50 Most Beautiful People."
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When Alvin Law looks in the mirror, he sees a fully competent and confident man, but he doesn't see any arms. Alvin's list of accomplishments is impressive and includes being a member of the Canadian Speaker's Hall of Fame, accomplished musician, and author. Alvin believes that the best thing that ever happened to him was being born without arms. In this episode of A Leg Up On Life, Alvin shares his no-nonsense philosophy of life and those beliefs that have shaped his success.
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Jessi Machnik is an equestrian who specializes in show jumping. She began riding horses as a young child, and it has been her passion ever since. A few years ago, Jessi lost her leg below the knee due to severe car wreck injuries. She has resumed riding and jumping and believes that show jumping will become an event in the Paralympics one day. Jessi's daily choices to move forward and pursue her dreams will inspire you.