Francia Flores - A Hand for Honduras

Francia Flores - A Hand for Honduras

EPISODE 19:

In the season 1 finale of People You Should Know Podcast, Bill is joined by Francia Flores of A Hand for Honduras. While A Hand for Honduras is not an official 501(c)(3) organization, her effort and passion for her homeland perfectly wraps up the overarching theme of the season. Listen to learn how.

About A Hand for Honduras:

Annually, Francia Flores, a native of Honduras, raises money to provide care packages, which contain basic necessities to individuals from her homeland.


ABOUT BILL

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Bill Coon is a two-time heart transplant recipient, kidney recipient, author, professional speaker and patient advocate.

After being diagnosed with end-stage heart and kidney failure in 2009, Bill later spent 70 days in the Intensive Care Unit of a Chicago hospital waiting for the gift of life. While he waited, Bill wrote a journal each day with the hope of someday creating a book that would serve as a support system to anybody who was ill. That book later became SWIM: A Memoir of Survival, an international seller that has aided thousands in overcoming the mental battle of various illnesses. Bill later went on to become a patient advocate and sought-after speaker who uses his story to inspire thousands each year.

Sage Etters - Ghost Stories, Sleep Paralysis & Hypnagogic Hallucinations

Sage Etters - Ghost Stories, Sleep Paralysis & Hypnagogic Hallucinations

Are you a believer? Are you a nonbeliever? Regardless of which side of the fence you are on, this is the HALLOWEEN EPISODE! Bill is joined by Sage Etters, a woman with some tremendous stories. The two share their experiences with the paranormal and then discuss the science behind it. Are ghosts real? Or are they just a creation of the mind? The answer: Who Knows!? But this is a festive episode and you need to check it out now! 

Paula Miller - Adult Congenital Heart Association

Paula Miller - Adult Congenital Heart Association

In this episode, Bill and Paula spread Congenital Heart Defect (CHD) awareness by breaking down certain terminologies into layman's terms to help the general public better understand the impact CHD's have on thousands of lives each year. The podcast also explores the work the Adult Congenital Heart Association (ACHA) is doing to strengthen the community of CHD survivors.

Kevan Chandler - We Carry Kevan

Kevan Chandler - We Carry Kevan

Episode 16: Kevan Chandler - We Carry Kevan
Kevan Chandler was born with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, a neuromuscular disease which limits his mobility and requires Kevan to utilize a wheelchair. Wanting to visit parts of Europe that are not accessible and ADA compliant (due to their nature of being historic locations), Kevan and his friends developed a plan to design a special backpack so that they could carry Kevan throughout parts of Europe. thus making the continent fully accessible. The trip later became the focus of a documentary, book and nonprofit organization.

Bridgette Ferraro - The Holiday Heroes

Bridgette Ferraro - The Holiday Heroes

As the Executive Director of The Holiday Heroes, a Chicagoland nonprofit that aims to add happiness to the lives of hospitalized children, Bridgette guides the organization in their mission to allieviate the stress, anxiety and sorrow many children feel while battling a serious condition. In this episode, Bridgette joins Bill to discuss The Holiday Heroes' unique history, the parties and what makes their mission so special.

Pete Mullady - Protein Losing Enteropathy (PLE)

Pete Mullady - Protein Losing Enteropathy (PLE)

Born with a Congenital Heart Defect in 1967, Pete Mullady’s lifelong medical story has taken him and his family from Tennessee to Minnesota in search of the best medical care. Along the way, Pete was diagnosed with Protein Losing Enteropathy (PLE), which causes his body to leak valuable protein into his intestine. Pete shares his story, his takes on the medical field and the personal goals that keep him going.

Kate Kobbermann - Kobbermann Syndrome (Part 2)

Kate Kobbermann - Kobbermann Syndrome (Part 2)

Episode 13:

This week is the conclusion of the two-part interview with Kate Kobbermann. Bill and Kate discuss the severe pain associated with Kobbermann Syndrome and the extreme lengths she has gone to in an attempt find a remedy for her pain, including moving her life across the country and spending thousands of dollars on medical cannabis.

About Kobbermann Syndrome:

Based on Kate's experiences, her syndrome has been classified as one that causes skeletal fragility, which is potentially caused by a unique strand of DNA.

Kate Kobbermann - Kobbermann Syndrome

Kate Kobbermann - Kobbermann Syndrome

Imagine having a condition so rare that the top specialists are unable to diagnose you. In fact, after further research, they explain they need to name your condition after you. This is the story of Kate Kobbermann and her remarkable life with Kobbermann Syndrome.

This episode is Part 1 of a 2 episode podcast. In this episode, Kate and her mother discuss the timeline of her life beginning with her birth and ending with the diagnosis of Kobbermann Syndrome

The Batman of San Antonio - Helping Sick Children

The Batman of San Antonio - Helping Sick Children

Episode 11:

For the better portion of the past decade, The Batman of San Antonio has been helping sick children in the San Antonio, TX area regain the strength to continue fighting their ailments. What began with a tragic accident has evolved into a lifelong passion. This is the wild, shocking, sad and uplifting story of San Antonio’s Caped Crusader.

About The Batman of San Antonio:

You can learn more about The Batman of San Antonio by visiting The Batman of San Antonio's website.

ABOUT BILL COON

Bill Coon is a two-time heart transplant recipient, kidney recipient, author, professional speaker and patient advocate.

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After being diagnosed with end-stage heart and kidney failure in 2009, Bill later spent 70 days in the Intensive Care Unit of a Chicago hospital waiting for the gift of life. While he waited, Bill wrote a journal each day with the hope of someday creating a book that would serve as a support system to anybody who was ill. That book later became SWIM: A Memoir of Survival, an international seller that has aided thousands in overcoming the mental battle of various illnesses. Bill later went on to become a patient advocate and sought-after speaker who uses his story to inspire thousands each year.

Erin Merryn - Erin's Law

Erin Merryn - Erin's Law

Erin's Law is the first U.S. child sexual abuse prevention education law requiring children be educated in school about identifying sexual abuse.  Thus far, the law has been passed in 31 states with 17 additional states preparing to vote on the bill in 2017 or 2018. 

Judith Newman - To Siri With Love

Judith Newman - To Siri With Love

Judith Newman, author of the acclaimed book, To Siri With Love, joins Bill to discuss the inspiration for her latest book, her son Gus. Gus, who has Autism, developed a relationship with Siri, Apple’s automated assistant, who helped enhanced his communication skills and allowed him to strengthen his relationships with his family and the people around him.

Jonny Imerman - Imerman Angels (Cancer Support)

Jonny Imerman - Imerman Angels (Cancer Support)

Episode 8:

After beating cancer, Jonny Imerman realized there needed to be a network for cancer fighters to connect with cancer survivors, so he founded Imerman Angels. Jonny and Bill discuss the creation of Imerman Angels, the speed in which the foundation has grown, and then Jonny provides current cancer fighters with a word of advice.

About Imerman Angels:

Imerman Angels provides free, personalized, one-on-one cancer support for cancer fighters, survivors and caregivers across the globe. To learn more, visit imermanangels.org.

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ABOUT BILL COON

Bill Coon is a two-time heart transplant recipient, kidney recipient, author, professional speaker and patient advocate.

After being diagnosed with end-stage heart and kidney failure in 2009, Bill later spent 70 days in the Intensive Care Unit of a Chicago hospital waiting for the gift of life. While he waited, Bill wrote a journal each day with the hope of someday creating a book that would serve as a support system to anybody who was ill. That book later became SWIM: A Memoir of Survival, an international seller that has aided thousands in overcoming the mental battle of various illnesses. Bill later went on to become a patient advocate and sought-after speaker who uses his story to inspire thousands each year. 

Julie & Cheryl Gistenson - Blindness

Julie & Cheryl Gistenson - Blindness

Two sisters. Same condition. Both blind.
Both Julie and Cheryl Gistenson lost their vision due to Axenfeld-Rieger Syndrome. The sisters discuss growing up as one another's supports and what they learned from their father, who is also blind. Bill then plays a game called "Ask A Blind Person" in which Bill asks questions about blindness that sighted individuals may feel too uncomfortable to ask.

Stacey Skrysak - Triple Heart Foundation

Stacey Skrysak - Triple Heart Foundation

In 2013, after undergoing months of fertility treatment, Stacey Skrysak’s three children, Peyton, Parker and Abby, were born prematurely. Tragically, both Parker and Abby passed away in the hospital. After returning home with their surviving triplet, Stacey and her husband, Ryan, created the Triple Heart Foundation to honor the memory of Abby and Parker.

Bill and Stacey discuss her journey with infertility treatment, the day she delivered her children and the families Triple Heart Foundation has touched since its inception.

Natalie Hayden - Crohn's Disease

Natalie Hayden - Crohn's Disease

Episode 5:

Natalie was diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease in July 2005. After several hospitalizations, countless medications and flare ups she underwent her first surgery in August 2015.  Since recovering from the surgery,  Natalie has become an advocate for Crohn's patients via her blog, Lights, Camera, Crohn's: An Unobstructed View, where she provides readers with weekly insight about what life is like living with a chronic, invisible disease.

About Crohn's Disease:

Crohn's Disease is a category of Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD). Individuals with the condition experience chronic inflammation of their gastrointestinal tract, which results in abdominal pain,  fever, and loss of appetite, among many other life-altering symptoms.


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Bill Coon is a two-time heart transplant recipient, kidney recipient, author, professional speaker and patient advocate.

After being diagnosed with end-stage heart and kidney failure in 2009, Bill later spent 70 days in the Intensive Care Unit of a Chicago hospital waiting for the gift of life. While he waited, Bill wrote a journal each day with the hope of someday creating a book that would serve as a support system to anybody who was ill. That book later became SWIM: A Memoir of Survival, an international seller that has aided thousands in overcoming the mental battle of various illnesses. Bill later went on to become a patient advocate and sought-after speaker who uses his story to inspire thousands each year. 

Janey Lowes - WECare Worldwide

Janey Lowes - WECare Worldwide

Episode 4:

In 2014, after backpacking in Sri Lanka, Janey Lowes learned of a large population of dogs living in poor health and under terrible conditions on the island. Being a trained veterinarian, she returned home to the United Kingdom, where she formed the nonprofit organization, WECare Worldwide. She returned to the island shortly thereafter and has made it her life’s mission to care for the dogs in Sri Lanka.

About WECare Worldwide:

WECare Worldwide is an organization that provides free veterinary care to animals in need worldwide. Ultimately, WECare Worldwide plans to extend veterinary services around the globe but, right now, they are concentrating on tackling the issues with the street dog population in Sri Lanka. It is estimated that there are up to 3 million street dogs in Sri Lanka. WECare Worldwide is in the process of carrying out a 5 year plan, in which they will look to help eliminate rabies in the country and also humanely reduce the number of unwanted street dogs.


About Bill:

Bill Coon is a two-time heart transplant recipient, kidney recipient, author, professional speaker and patient advocate.

After being diagnosed with end-stage heart and kidney failure in 2009, Bill later spent 70 days in the Intensive Care Unit of a Chicago hospital waiting for the gift of life. While he waited, Bill wrote a journal each day with the hope of someday creating a book that would serve as a support system to anybody who was ill. That book later became SWIM: A Memoir of Survival, an international seller that has aided thousands in overcoming the mental battle of various illnesses. Bill later went on to become a patient advocate and sought-after speaker who uses his story to inspire thousands each year. 

Jay Austin - Minimalism

Jay Austin - Minimalism

Minimalism is a lifestyle in which an individual removes unnecessary items from their life in an attempt to focus on what is important so that they can better themselves and focus on what truly matter to them.

Erin Gianaras - 27 Year-Old Stroke Survivor

Erin Gianaras - 27 Year-Old Stroke Survivor

Bill sits down with Erin Gianaras, who at age twenty-seven suffered a life-altering stroke while running errands on a hot summer day. Erin shares intimate details of that day and how she spent the past year recovering and rebuilding her life.

Megan King - Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

Megan King - Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

The first guest of the podcast is Megan King. Megan is an advocate for Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (EDS). Megan was diagnosed with EDS when she was in high school. For the better portion of the past decade, Megan has been chronicling her battle online in an attempt to raise EDS awareness, as EDS is a condition that is underrepresented in society and lacks resources within the medical community.

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