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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.

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.

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.

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. 

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.

People You Should Know Podcast

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People You Should Know Podcast

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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