As an award-winning producer for ESPN, Lisa Fenn was always looking for the kind of sports story that showed the power of sports and the personal strength of athletes. One day, her father sent her a news clipping about two high school wrestlers from her hometown of Cleveland. Dartanyan and LeRoy relied on one another in ways that most of us could never imagine. You see, one boy was blind, so he carried the boy who had no legs and the boy with no legs became his eyes. Over the course of 5 months, Lisa began to care deeply about Dartanyan and Leroy. She decided to help them, creating an unlikely family rooted in faith, hope, and love. The book, which is soon to become a movie is called Carry On. Learn more at www.carryonbook.com. Don’t miss Lisa’s inspiring story this week on The Story Behind Her Success.
Janis Joplin was only 27 when she died of an overdose in 1970 at the height of her career. People used to say: “no one will ever sound like Janis”. But they were wrong. Enter Mary Bridget Davies. Born and raised in Cleveland, Mary wasn’t even born when Janis was making pop history. Yet, she heard her songs on the radio and played her parent’s old albums. Somewhere, very deep down inside, she connected with singing the blues. In this interview, Mary shares how she got to where she is today as an accomplished singer, including the long, hard road to Broadway, where she starred in “A Night with Janis”, earning a Tony Award Nomination for her incredible performance as Janis Joplin. Find her music, social links and more at www.reverbnation.com/marybridgetdavies.
“I had no idea who was dead or alive and I can’t tell you what that feels like, not knowing, do I even still have a family?” These are the terrifying words of Lisa Brodeur, author of the book A Mother’s Journey Through Faith, Hope & Courage. Twenty years ago, this mom’s life was forever changed when a drunk driver crashed into her family’s minivan, killing her husband, paralyzing her son, breaking her three-year-old daughter’s hip so badly she was in a body cast, traumatizing her 5-year-old daughter to the point where she could not speak and leaving Lisa disabled. You might ask yourself, “so how does a family come back from such a huge loss?” That’s what Lisa’s story is all about: the strength of a mother’s love. Don’t miss this very special episode of The Story Behind Her Success.
Learn more at Lisa’s website lisabrodeur.com or on FaceBook @amothersjourneylisa, Twitter @AMothersJourney and Instagram amothersjourney
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Flashback 20 years ago, and the confident, accomplished CEO of Xpressman Trucking & Courier in Randolph, Massachusetts was a skinny, scared victim of domestic abuse with zero self-esteem. In the spotlight, Michelle Cully. First, she hit rock bottom and then, she lifted herself up and made a plan to take her life back. Using her parent’s laundry room as an office, this exceptional woman created a multi-million dollar business in the male-dominated trucking and delivery industry. Featured recently in Harper’s Bazaar Magazine, Michelle is due to release a book about her life called High Heels in the Laundry Room this year. Learn more at michellecully.com.