Jonny Imerman - Imerman Angels (Cancer Support)

Jonny Imerman - Imerman Angels (Cancer Support)

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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

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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

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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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People You Should Know Podcast will feature guests who are striving to create change. These people are either leading philanthropic organizations, raising awareness for a cause they are passionate about, inventing devices that will change the future or creating art, all while attempting to reshape the conversation around a topic that is dear to their heart.

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