Meet an 82-year-old Ironman champion and also, see who just joined the GB blog team! View Online Or Forward to a friend.
 
MADONNA BUDER IS A NUN ON THE RUN


She's the oldest person ever to finish the Ironman Triathlon and even helped launch new age groups in the sport but Sister Madonna Buder says it's not about setting records or getting accolades. Her real mission is to encourage others to discover and develop their God-given gifts for the benefit of all. At 82 years old, Buder is a Roman Catholic Religious Sister and dedicated to leading by example. See what keeps her running, how she got started in her late 40s and hear her reflections on being just a mile away from finishing the Boston Marathon when the bombs exploded.
 
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PRAYERS FOR TALIA
Talia Castellano and her "Makeup is My Wig" cancer battle have touched people all over the country. Her Growing Bolder spirit of never giving up, of Surviving & Thriving, continues, but has taken a difficult turn. After more than a month in the hospital, including radiation and blood transfusions, she admits that she's struggling with pain, depression and anxiety. Her latest vlog is an honest yet inspiring message including what she hopes all of her fans and friends will remember about her passion for life.
 
Talia reminds her fans: "I love you so much and just remember there is someone who loves you dearly in this world and u are beautiful in every way possible!"
 
 
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HIKE OF HOPE

For years, people said: "John, you gotta write a book!" And finally, 70-year-old John Casterline has done just that. His "Peaks and Valleys: A Hike of Hope" is now available on his website, http://johnbcasterline.com/. In it, he shares more on the amazing journey he first announced to Growing Bolder Radio -- a 2,650-mile backpacking trek to raise money and awareness for lung cancer. A Stage 4 survivor himself, Casterline has also battled prostate and throat cancer and says his goal is to inspire others and to thank those who have helped him come this far.
 
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OUR NEWEST FEATURED BLOGGER IS...

...the one and only Wendy Chioji! Not only is she a host on Growing Bolder TV and Surviving & Thriving, she's a cancer survivor, triathlete, philanthropist and world traveler -- and so much more. You can follow her adventures at wendychioji.com, a new website powered by the GB network. Stay tuned, because she'll be sharing some of her behind-the-scenes photos, videos and more from the road, and answering questions about her experience battling breast cancer.
 
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SHARE YOUR STORIES!

We're thrilled at the feedback and positive comments you've shared with us after the first two episodes of Surviving & Thriving, our new television series that highlights men and women who inspire us with the way they overcome obstacles and battle back from disease. Now we're getting ready for the next installments and we want to make sure you are represented! We're now taking your story suggestions and we hope you'll let us know how you are surviving and thriving.

 
PEOPLE ARE TALKING

What actor/actress (alive and active today) do YOU think is the best example of GROWING BOLDER: who proves that it's not about age; it's about attitude? It's a fascinating discussion happening right now, but we're missing your voice! Your answers could be used in an upcoming episode of our television show!

 
READY TO GET COOKING(.com)?

Hurry, hurry -- you only have a few hours left to enter to win our $50 cooking.com gift card giveaway! The prize comes from Dreamfields Pasta, the fabulous sponsors of the Straight Talk About Eating Smart podcast with Growing Bolder's registered dietitian and nutrition expert Dr. Susan Mitchell. It's easy and quick to enter -- good luck!