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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

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. 

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.

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.