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Surviving & Thriving
 
A DAUGHTER'S MISSION

Cancer affects far more than just the people who come down with it. Motivated by grief and compassion after her father died of esophageal cancer, Pam Sain is making huge strides in the future of care for this frequently incurable form of cancer. Click here to watch her story.
 
 
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CRAFTING A NEW FUTURE
OVERCOMING OBSTACLE AFTER OBSTACLE

When we first met Larry Roofner, he'd quit his executive job to pursue his passion for woodworking following a heart attack, calling it the best time of his life. Then he nearly lost his life in a cycling accident. Find out how he's battled back.
 
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MICKEY GILLEY'S STORIES OF SURVIVAL
GROWING BOLDER RADIO SHOW

His rendition of "Stand By Me" in the movie "Urban Cowboy" launched Mickey Gilley's career into the stratosphere, but wait until you hear about the many obstacles he's had to overcome since then. "At the age of 78, I've been through heart surgery, brain surgery, two airplane crashes, my appendix burst and I spent five days in the hospital, a back surgery and I was paralyzed from the neck down for three months and couldn't move. After all of that, I still try to keep a positive attitude," he tells Growing Bolder. Find out where he hopes he eventually drops dead!
 
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AN AMERICAN HERO
REMEMBERING LOUIS ZAMPERINI


Louis Zamperini died this week at the age of 97. From competing in the 1936 Berlin Olympics at the age of 19 to surviving unimaginable circumstances during World War II, including 47 days adrift in a lifeboat in the Pacific Ocean and two brutal years in captivity at a POW camp, Zamperini's stories of survival made an almost unbelievable tale in the best-seller "Unbroken." A film based on the book (produced and directed by Angelina Jolie) is set to be released in December. Click here to learn more about his incredible story. 

 
 
 
 
BACK ON THE WATER AGAIN


You never know where inspiration is going to strike. For Team GB Elite blogger Karen Putz, it was a TV segment profiling 66-year-old barefoot water skier Judy Myers. Karen had once loved barefooting but an accident on the water left her deaf. Now, it was 20 years later and Karen hadn't skied since her accident, and she was overweight and out of shape. But if Judy could do it at 66, why couldn't Karen do it at 44? In the new issue of Growing Bolder Magazine, Karen explains how Judy got her back on the water again and shares what she wants you to know about seeking new challenges at any age and under any circumstances. Click here to read Karen's column.