The Story Behind Her Success Podcast

HOSTED BY CANDY O’TERRY

If you want to get someone’s attention, just tell them a great story. That’s what The Story Behind Her Success with Candy O’Terry is all about. Once a week, we’ll make your day and change your life by introducing you to a woman whose story is so powerful, you will never forget it. Program host and award-winning broadcaster Candy O’Terry has interviewed over 600 women from every walk of life, so there’s no stumbling around in this podcast! Success is so much more than the outcome. It’s about the journey. It’s the story of how you got there. Buckle up and come along for the ride.

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69 / IN THE SPOTLIGHT: SHARON KAN

Are you ready for a masterclass in entrepreneurship? Meet Sharon Kan. She has spent the last 20 years incubating and launching successful businesses in high potential markets. And we’re not talking about the small stuff. Sharon has nurtured and developed ideas that have been acquired by giants like Barnes & Noble, Microsoft, SSA Global, and Oracle. Born and raised in Israel, Sharon’s early life experience was shaped by five wars and countless terror attacks that left her feeling constantly on edge, but always resilient and hopeful for a brighter tomorrow. Educated in the UK and France, Sharon is also the co-founder of the WIN Lab at Babson College. Her latest project is a unique company called Pepperlane where she serves as CEO. The mission is to create a movement focused on 24 million stay-at-home moms in the United States alone. Sharon wants to build a thriving “mother economy” and her philosophy about entrepreneurship might surprise you because it is not about the money, it is always about the power of ideas. Get out your pen and paper for this episode because there is a lot of wisdom here!

#storybehindhersuccess    #16LifeLessons    #mydoveproductions  @bostonwomeninmediaandentertainment

68 / IN THE SPOTLIGHT: SHANNON O’MARA

Are you a mentor? Have you ever been mentored by someone? Passing on what we know for the betterment of someone else is a gift and this week’s guest is a big believer in the power of mentorship. Meet Shannon O’Mara, Vice President & Associate Director of credit research at Loomis Sayles and Founder of UWIN: the Undergraduate Women’s Investment Network. Raised in Upstate New York, Shannon earned a BA in economics as well as her management certificates in finance and accounting from the University of Rochester. The single mom of two teenagers, Shannon shares many life lessons including: “show up fully, whether you are at work or with your family” as well as her mentoring mantra: “If you can see it, you can be it.” For a quick shot of determination, drive and passion, this success story checks all the boxes.

#storybehindhersuccess    #16LifeLessons    #mydoveproductions  @bostonwomeninmediaandentertainment

67 / IN THE SPOTLIGHT: JACY DAWN VALERAS

This episode is for the dreamers and the doers. And most of all, it is a life lesson, because sometimes dreams come true in ways we never could have imagined. Meet Jacy Dawn Valeras, singer/songwriter and CEO & Founder of Platinum Circle Media in Nashville, Tennessee. Raised in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, Jacy started making money by singing at funerals when she was 13 and by the time she hit high school, she was performing all over New England. In 2009, Jacy and her boyfriend packed up their car and moved to Nashville where she created a career in a niche she never expected or even dreamed of. “Make good out of obstacles, says Jacy, they just might take you someplace better.”

#storybehindhersuccess    #16LifeLessons    #mydoveproductions

@jacydawnvaleras  @bostonwomeninmediaandentertainment

66 / IN THE SPOTLIGHT: ROBERTA SYDNEY

Meet a woman who’s outstanding career has had three chapters: one in finance/banking, one in real estate development and one as an independent director, executive and business builder. In this candid interview, Roberta Sydney shares her belief that relationships in business and in our personal lives are everything. Now the CEO of Sydney Associates, Roberta’s rise to the top has often included being the only woman in the room and at the negotiating table. She is guided by a tireless work ethic and a true passion for bringing out the best in every person she works with. A graduate of Wellesley College, Harvard Business School and MIT, Roberta is in a league of her own, and could easily sit on her laurels, yet this exceptional woman has made it a priority to help and guide the next generation of women executives. “I believe in finding the genius in others and allowing that to shine,” says Roberta. And if you think her life has been easy, think again. This is a story rooted in love of family, responsibility, and determination. For an entre into excellence in business and in life, download Roberta’s powerful life story.

#storybehindhersuccess    #16LifeLessons    #mydoveproductions

@robertasydney

65 / IN THE SPOTLIGHT: KIM WEILD

In this episode, we traveled to ArtsEmerson’s gorgeous Paramount Theatre in Boston to meet Kim Weild, director of American Moor written and performed by Keith Hamilton Cobb. Described as an “urgent solo work that examines the experience of black men in America” American Moor is the kind of play that asks the kinds of questions that jar the soul and make us think. Raised in Westchester County, New York, Kim spent the first part of her life as a ballerina, dancing with the New York City Ballet and attending a private high school for the performing arts. Her decision to leave the world of dance to pursue a career in theatre arts was a brave left-hand turn she remains grateful for to this day. In this interview, Kim shares the key to being a great actor, an inspiring director, a hard worker, and an effective college professor. Her views on success and what matters most in life are worth your download. “I think kindness is a super-power” says Kim. We couldn’t agree more.

#storybehindhersuccess    #16LifeLessons    #mydoveproductions

 @artsemerson   @kimweild   @keithhamiltoncobb

64 / IN THE SPOTLIGHT: LISA NICKERSON

Meet a woman who started showing the business community what she was made of in high school when she won her regional newspaper’s Entrepreneur of the Year Award! Lisa Nickerson has been steadily climbing the ladder toward success ever since and is now the CEO and Founder of Nickerson PR and Nickerson Real Estate Partners. Recently recognized as one of Boston’s most powerful women in real estate, Lisa is a big believer in philanthropy and serves on the boards of Boston Women in Media & Entertainment, Housing Families and the ULI Women’s Leadership Initiative. Her incredible climb to the top has not been without obstacles and roadblocks. The mom of three teenagers, Lisa shares her devotion to not only mothering but mentoring her children. Her boundless energy and tireless work ethic have been both a blessing and a curse, and her wise advice to rising female entrepreneurs and executives is worth your download.

#storybehindhersuccess    #16LifeLessons    #mydoveproductions

 @NickersonPR    @NickersonRE

 

63 / IN THE SPOTLIGHT: DANA SIEGAL

Meet a woman who has taken her skills and talents in the healthcare field and married them to her lifetime love of the arts and the fight against cancer. Dana Siegal is a wife, a mother, an RN, the Director of Patient Safety for CRICO Strategies and the Artistic Director for a non-profit called Voices of Hope. Founded in 2009, Voices of Hope is made up of 200 cast members who have all been impacted by cancer. Together, they sing, and dance, and entertain, all to benefit cancer research. But, as Dana will tell you, Voices of Hope is more than a theatre group, it is a cancer community and her role is to bring out the very best in every person who wants to share their talent. In this inspiring interview, Dana reveals a life story that has included a life-altering MS diagnosis in her 20’s and the decision to stay positive and resilient in the face of loss. A source of strength and hope to so many people, Dana Siegal believes that we can find reason and purpose in everything that happens to us.

#storybehindhersuccess    #16LifeLessons    #mydoveproductions

@danaewensiegal   @voicesofhopeboston

62 / IN THE SPOTLIGHT: SENATOR CYNTHIA STONE CREEM

Senate Majority leader Cynthia Stone Creem has spent over 30 years in public service. The daughter of two attorneys, she grew up in Newton, Massachusetts deciding early on that she wanted to follow in her parent’s footsteps. The road to the seat she now occupies has been long and in this very candid interview, Cindy Creem recalls knocking on doors to raise money for her first campaign and being asked the question: “are you tough enough?” Well, the answer is YES. The Story Behind Her Success producer Dan Thibeault and I interviewed the state senator in her office, just steps from the Senate chambers in the iconic gold-domed Massachusetts statehouse. And as we went through security and down the marble hallways, past murals of the American Revolution and sculptures of some of the state’s earliest leaders, I couldn’t help but wonder what this nation’s all-male founders would think of a female majority leader. She is strong, she is passionate, and she is on a mission to make a difference for the next generation of women.

#storybehindhersuccess    #16LifeLessons    #mydoveproductions

@senatorcindycreem

61 / IN THE SPOTLIGHT: DENISE HAJJAR

Welcome to the success story of Denise Hajjar, one of Boston’s most loved and respected fashion designers. The grandchild of a designer from Syria and a pattern maker from Lebanon, Denise started making clothes for her Barbie Dolls when she was a little girl. By the time she was ready to go to fashion design school, she had an entire wardrobe created for herself and for her mother. Known for her generosity toward non-profits, Denise has made giving back a cornerstone of her business with a focus on raising lifesaving funds for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. In this very candid interview, she shares her lifelong love of ballet and ballroom dancing, along with stories of the good times and the bad, like her decision early in her career to buy fabric instead of paying her electric bill! “I’m driven, I’m stubborn and I’m tenacious,” says Denise. “I will always do what it takes to make things happen.”

#storybehindhersuccess    #16LifeLessons    #mydoveproductions

 @denisehajjarboston 

60 / IN THE SPOTLIGHT: HEATHER ANNE COOK

Raised in the backwoods of Montana, completely off the grid, Heather Anne Cook learned the necessary skills to keep herself alive. In this interview, she shares the details of her adventurous life, including the many times she took 3 matches into the woods to see how long she could survive. Now a wife and the mother of twins, Heather is a pastor, a survivalist, a long distance runner, a bee-keeper, a chicken lady, a horsewoman, a gardener, a children’s book author, an illustrator, an international traveler, and the force behind Three Match Creations. Her next adventure is to run the Pacific Northwest Trail which spans 1200 miles through the wilderness, high desert, and coastline

#storybehindhersuccess    #16LifeLessons    #mydoveproductions

59 / IN THE SPOTLIGHT: NANCY GAUDET-AITTANIEM

Have you ever heard the expression: “love will find a way?” Meet Nancy Gaudet-Aittaniemi. A very successful senior vice president for a commercial real estate company, Nancy’s success story is not just about climbing the ladder to take on a leadership role in a male-dominated industry. It is about the power of a mother’s love for her child. You see, Nancy’s only child was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at only 9, and his chronic condition led her down a path that has been both terrifying and inspiring. Faced with the decision to stay stuck in her grief and hover over him or to let her son experience life to the fullest, Nancy chose to show Ryan that he could do anything he put his mind to. Now a sophomore in college, Ryan is a seasoned bike enthusiast who has ridden in juvenile diabetes fundraising challenges in the United States and Europe. As the leader of a monthly support group for Type 1 Moms, Nancy has taken other parents by the hand and has been a passionate volunteer and supporter of the JDRF, the leading global organization funding type 1 diabetes. She is currently training to ride in her 4th bike race: the Amelia Island Ride To Cure Diabetes and her coach? You guessed it, Nancy’s son Ryan.

#storybehindhersuccess    #16LifeLessons    #mydoveproductions

 #JDRFRide

58 / IN THE SPOTLIGHT: LAUREN BIRMINGHAM

Meet a woman with a fantastic second chapter. For decades Lauren Birmingham has been well known as a top-notch PR pro in the Boston area and beyond. But one day, on a whim, she had an idea. Lauren convinced a friend to fly to Italy with her, just for the weekend. What started as a one-time adventure turned into a love affair with the Amalfi Coast, a unique new business venture called Cooking Vacations Italy, a collaboration with American novelist Elizabeth Berg, a cookbook called It’s A Dream Place- Recipes & Stories of Food, Love and the Amalfi Coast, and a chance meeting with an Italian race car driver named Rino. You’ll have to listen to the podcast to find out what happened next!

#storybehindhersuccess    #16LifeLessons    #mydoveproductions

@laurenBirminghamPiscitelli

57 / IN THE SPOTLIGHT: WOMEN IN FILM

Welcome to Palm Springs, California…home of movie stars, snow-capped mountains, palm trees, and the Palm Springs International Film Festival. In this episode, we’re focused on women in film including Ruth Caudeli, a young director from Valencia, Spain whose movie Eva & Candela is breaking down barriers about gender, and who we choose to love. A surprise visit from co-star Silvia Varón sheds some light on Ruth’s innate ability to listen to her cast and to bring out the best in each actor’s performance. Cristina Gallego of the movie Birds of Passage shares how it has felt to step into the role of co-director for a film that features strong women and was selected as the Colombian entry for Best Foreign Language film at the upcoming Academy Awards. Cristina’s crime saga has received a score of 91% on Rotten Tomatoes and has been compared to The Godfather and Scarface by movie critics. Finally, with recording equipment in hand, we settle into the offices of Liliana Rodriguez, Director of Programming at the Palm Springs International Film Festival to find out how she turned an early love of horror films into a career that sustains and inspires her every single day.

#storybehindhersuccess    #16LifeLessons    #mydoveproductions

 #palmsprings    @PSFilmFest   

56 / IN THE SPOTLIGHT: MYRIAM CYR & PATRICIA JAMISON

When we tell our stories, we pass along life lessons and wisdom. The two women you are about to meet believe that the arts provide a unique opportunity to tell stories that matter. Meet Myriam Cyr and Patricia Jamison, two of the four founders of Punctuate4Productions, Inc. on Boston’s North Shore. With a mission to educate, entertain and promote the arts and culture in every form for all ages, not just in Massachusetts, but beyond, Myriam and Patricia are really enjoying this new chapter in their lives. An accomplished actress who has performed alongside A-listers like Al Pacino, Myriam is also a poet laureate and best selling author who has been developing 20 new plays over the last five years. Now a devoted mother whose family comes first, she has made the bold step from actress to director and is loving every single minute of it. Patricia has always loved live performance but is no stranger to acting for TV and film. She put her passion for acting on the back burner to raise her 5 children, and in 2011, returned to her craft with an even greater determination to explore being a producer. In this very personal interview, Myriam and Patricia share their career highlights, their devotion to their children, how they get around obstacles, and their definition of “star power”.

#storybehindhersuccess    #16LifeLessons    #mydoveproductions

 @PatriciaPetersonJamison  @MyriamCyr  @Larcomtheatre   @punctuate4     @Punct4P 

55 / IN THE SPOTLIGHT: LINDA DRISCOLL

Meet a woman who has made it her life’s work to give. Linda Driscoll has spent her career in leadership roles for organizations like the American Red Cross, Women’s Sports Foundation, the Massachusetts Amateur Sports Foundation, and the Special Olympics. She has also served as Past President of the Board of Directors for the New England Women’s Fund and on the NCAA Boston organizing committee for the Women’s Final Four. And if you see a pattern here, you are correct. Playing sports shaped Linda’s life and she wants to make sure that every girl gets the chance to play sports, too…even if her family can’t afford it. She is the Founder, President & CEO of Dream BIG! a non-profit that provides equipment, athletic footwear, uniforms, program fees, training expenses, and leadership training to girls and young women in low-income situations who want to play sports. Since 2010, DreamBIG! has directly impacted 35,000 girls. Linda’s idea for a non-profit, originally written on a napkin during a conversation in a restaurant is now an example to the world.

#storybehindhersuccess    #16LifeLessons    #mydoveproductions

@LindaDriscoll  @Dreambigld 

54 / IN THE SPOTLIGHT: JULIE FREEMAN

Meet a woman who believes that during the toughest times in our lives, there is learning, there is growth and there is always hope. I have known Julie Freeman for nearly 20 years and although I heard bits and pieces of her story, I never really knew the extent of it until we sat down for this interview in Palm Springs, California: 3000 miles away from where we first met in Wellesley, Massachusetts. A gifted singer at St. John’s Church, Julie sang like an angel, yet something told me that she had the weight of the world on her shoulders. And she did. Her book Sunflowers, Sapphires & Seraphim: A Story of Healing & Transformation chronicles a life that has been both devastating and triumphant. From an abusive first marriage to the tragic loss of her second husband to a brain injury to single motherhood, a cancer diagnosis and a nervous breakdown for one of her daughters, Julie Freeman is a survivor in the truest sense of the word. Her transformative work as a registered dietician with a focus on eating clean and organic, combined with an understanding of the mind/body connection has fueled another exciting new chapter in her life. Julie is blazing a new trail by blending her nutrition knowledge with the idea of reducing toxin exposure so that we can lower cancer rates and live healthier lives. For this exceptional woman, the road less traveled has led her to exactly where she knows she belongs

#storybehindhersuccess    #16LifeLessons    #mydoveproductions

juliefreeman.net  @feelgreatlookgreatnutrition

 

53 / IN THE SPOTLIGHT: AMANDA CARR

When I sing, I am in pure bliss and joy. These are the words of singer, songwriter, musician, and philanthropist Amanda Carr. Described by the Wall Street Journal as “a true jazz singer in a time of wannabes”, Amanda’s path from the little seaside town of Hingham, MA to stages around the world has not been easy. Her passion to create a life that has always been about and for the music is an inspiration to everyone who knows her. The daughter of a Big Band musician and singer, Amanda can’t remember a time when music wasn’t a part of her life. In this interview, she shares stories of her childhood, remembering a time when she carried her keyboard to the local restaurant and nailed her first gig at 14. As the founder of the American Big Band Preservation Society, Amanda’s mission has been to preserve this art form. Shortly after the Boston Marathon Bombings in 2013, Amanda captured the unbreakable spirit of the city when she wrote The Boston Anthem, tapping Boston rocker Charlie Farren to perform the song. Now the Executive Director of WICN radio, the NPR affiliate in Worcester, MA, Amanda is using her love of music and her unique brand of leadership to energize the legendary station. For this exceptional woman, it’s the lessons we take with us that make us who we are.

#storybehindhersuccess    #16LifeLessons    #mydoveproductions

amandacarr.com    @amandacarrlife    @AmandaCarrMusic     @AmandaCarrMusic FB

52 / IN THE SPOTLIGHT: ELISE BATES

Are you the mother of a child with a food allergy? If you are, this episode is for you. The statistics are astounding but true: 1 in 12 children in the United States has a severe food allergy. What was once rare is now commonplace, yet the constant worry food allergy parents endure can be overwhelming, because when their children are out of their site, they are vulnerable to foods that can kill them. So, what’s a mother to do? Meet Elise Bates, President & Co-Founder of Ending Allergies Together, aka EAT. Her non-profit has raised 1.7 million dollars to find out why food allergies are on the rise and what we can do to stop the epidemic. Hear Elise’s story and be informed AND inspired.

#storybehindhersuccess    #16LifeLessons    #mydoveproductions

 @endallergiestogether  @EndAllergies   @EndAllergiesTogether

51 / IN THE SPOTLIGHT: KERRY BRETT

Do you like having your picture taken? If the answer is no, you are not alone. Enter award-winning portrait photographer Kerry Brett. When she takes your picture, her goal is simple: to make you feel so comfortable, you forget that there is a camera in your face! The daughter of legendary Boston Globe photographer Bill Brett, Kerry grew up watching her father tell stories with his camera. A single mom with a work ethic that mirrors her father’s, Kerry has worked tirelessly to establish her own style and a client list that includes superstar athletes, A-listers and everyday people. Her keen eye, creative spark and open heart are what truly set her apart. A Master Photographer and staff photographer for The Improper Bostonian, Kerry’s distinctive portraits have graced countless magazine covers. It is fair to say that Kerry Brett aims for your face and captures your soul.

#storybehindhersuccess    #16LifeLessons    #mydoveproductions

@kerrybrettlifestyleportraits   @kerry_brett

50 / IN THE SPOTLIGHT: DAWN SCHOTTLANDT

If you want to kick off 2019 with a dose of inspiration, take a listen to this episode, featuring marathoner and MS survivor Dawn Schottlandt. Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1999 at only 23, the New Year marks this exceptional woman’s 20th anniversary as a survivor. Dawn fell in love with running because it empowered her to keep on going, even though she was confused, angry and scared. Doctors warned her about all the things she shouldn’t do, and Dawn made it her mission to do the things that brought her joy and running was at the top of her list. So far, she has run 15 marathons, including the World Majors, 12 half marathons and lots of local 5ks. When her MS progressed in 2015, Dawn experienced something called “drop foot” and had to teach herself how to run all over again through the use of a carbon fiber AFO. This year, she will return to Ireland to run the Dublin Marathon again and her secret wish is to see another rainbow at the end of the finish line, just like she did in 2005. We all experience roadblocks in our lives, but it is how you deal with them that matters. Dawn’s words of wisdom can be found on her popular blog: www.inmyrunningshoes.com where she says: Be active, fear nothing, and turn obstacles into opportunities.

#storybehindhersuccess    #16LifeLessons    #mydoveproductions

49 / IN THE SPOTLIGHT: ALYSSA NELSON-KAMALU

When we share our stories, we pass along something that is so precious its value cannot be measured. Do you know what that is? Wisdom. When Alyssa Nelson-Kamalu heard the words “you have breast cancer” she was far from being wise. After all, she had only been on this earth for 28 years. Married to her college sweetheart, the mother of a toddler, a victim advocate for the state of Massachusetts, and a brand new homeowner, Alyssa’s life came to a screeching halt. She was terrified. Alyssa wasn’t thinking about herself, she was thinking about her baby girl growing up without a mother. One year later, Alyssa shares what her journey was like as well as what advice she might give to a young woman faced with a similar diagnosis. This is a story about fear and courage, dread and hope, perseverance and success. Alyssa has made it through surgery, chemo, and radiation. This wise young woman’s views on life, love, parenting, and what really matters will inspire you.

#storybehindhersuccess    #16LifeLessons    #mydoveproductions

48 / IN THE SPOTLIGHT: LESLIE MUSSER

When Leslie Musser gave birth to her son, Colton, she thought about his soft, newborn skin, and decided she would do everything she could to keep that skin away from fabrics that had been treated with pesticides. That’s when she discovered how hard affordable, organic children’s clothing was to find. Once a PR and events pro, Leslie had an idea: to create her own children’s clothing line, made from cotton grown in the United States, without the use of pesticides. Enter: KinderCapsule.com: a line of children’s organic clothing that grows with your child. At the heart of KinderCapsule is a passion to put an end to child sex trafficking by donating a portion of the proceeds from every sale to Operation Underground Railroad which rescues innocent children sold into slavery worldwide.

@kindercapsule   #kinderkids   @OURrescue   #storybehindhersuccess   #16LifeLessons   #mydoveproductions

47 / IN THE SPOTLIGHT: KATE GENOVESE

The opioid crisis in the United States is shattering the lives of addicts and breaking the hearts of families every day. In this episode of The Story Behind Her Success, we meet Kate Genovese, the mother of a son she called her “golden boy” Christopher “Geno” Genovese. A gifted all-star athlete, Geno experienced 6 serious injuries on the ice as a hockey player and on the football field. These high school and college sports injuries lead to Geno’s addiction to painkillers, fentanyl and finally, heroin. Geno died of an overdose at only 30 and Kate’s journey, as his mother and a lifelong registered nurse, brings light and honesty to an epidemic that knows no bounds. Her book, Hat Tricks From Heaven follows the Genovese family through moments of hope to final heartache. Kate’s loss is eased only by her need to educate other parents by telling her story and finally, to fund a half-way house with proceeds from the sale of this inspiring book.

#storybehindhersuccess    #16LifeLessons    #mydoveproductions

46 / IN THE SPOTLIGHT: MARIA SALOMÃO-SCHMIDT

We all have stories to tell and that’s what The Story Behind Her Success podcast series is all about. Life has not always been kind to this week’s guest. In fact, she has known the deep grief of losing her baby girl Sophia when she was only 13 months old. This experience “broke her wide open” and that’s where the story begins. Welcome to the reimagined life of Maria Salomão-Schmidt. She is a wife, mother of 5, a Reiki Master, an expert in NLP, EFT, Chakra Balancing and Full Spectrum Healing. A former guest on The Oprah Show, this exceptional woman is the author of the best selling book: Finally Full of Yourself: Unlocking Your Spiritual DNA. But here is my favorite part: for all the pain and loss she has experienced, Maria is a passionate tsunami of love.

@coachmemaria  #storybehindhersuccess   #16LifeLessons   #mydoveproductions

45 / IN THE SPOTLIGHT: ROSEANN SDOIA-MATERIA

This story is perfect to post for Thanksgiving because it is about courage, hope, patriotism and the healing power of love. Boston Marathon Bombing survivor Roseann Sdoia is the author of the new book Perfect Strangers which chronicles four people whose lives intersected the moment the second bomb went off in front of the Forum Restaurant at the 2013 Boston Marathon finish line. Roseann would lose most of her leg that day. She recalls her experience in stunning detail including what it was like to lose a limb and her refusal to use a wheelchair. Make no mistake about it: Roseann’s recovery was hard work. You’ll hear about the college student who ran to her side to apply a tourniquet to her leg, the female police officer who hailed the ambulance, and the big, tall firefighter who lifted her into the ambulance and held her hand all the way to Mass General. The bond these perfect strangers created on that terrible day can never be broken. Spoiler Alert: Roseann marries one of them. Get a box of kleenex for this interview. You’re gonna need it.

#storybehindhersuccess    #16LifeLessons   #mydoveproductions   #dracut

44 / IN THE SPOTLIGHT: CHRISTINE SUAU

Meet a woman who has experienced what every parent dreads the most: the death of a child. Christine Suau’s son, Devin was only 6 years old when he was diagnosed with DIPG, a very rare form of brain cancer. Determined to do what she could to keep him alive, Christine conceived the hashtag: WhyNotDevin, hoping he would be the very first child to beat this fatal disease. It didn’t take long for the news of Devin’s cancer to travel around the world. He was visited by sports legends and famous actors and even blessed at a private audience with Pope Francis in Rome. But as prayers poured in for Devin, he left this world in his mother’s arms at only 6 years old. The youngest of Christine’s 4 boys, Devin continues to be an inspiration for this exceptional woman who has created the Why Not Devin Foundation.

 #whynotdevin    #storybehindhersuccess    #16LifeLessons  #mydoveproductions

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