EPISODE ONE: WINNIE HARLOW
For our premiere episode of #ThriverThursday, fashion model Winnie Harlow shares her inspiring story of thriving and being a trailblazer as the first model with vitiligo to walk in the Victoria Secret Fashion show.
#ThriverThursday celebrates their triumphs and ability to keep moving forward with a newfound purpose in life despite circumstance and setbacks. Watch new episodes every Thursday and join in the conversation with #thriverthursday
EPISODE TWO: DURONNE WALKER
BEHIND THE SCENES OF #THRIVERTHURSDAY
EPISODE THREE: CLAIRE GRIFFITHS
For our third episode of #ThriverThursday, We’d like to introduce you to Claire Griffiths. At age 13, Claire was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. During her darkest times, she developed an eating disorder, hallucinated and at her worst attempted suicide. Through treatment, Claire has gotten better and is now sharing her story and working to change the stigma of mental health.
EPISODE FOUR: CRAIG POLLARD
Our next #Thriver Craig Pollard was 15 years old when he was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. He survived that bout only to have it return when he was 19 years old. After receiving a life-saving bone marrow transplant, he devoted his time and energy to creating his organization, Cancer for College which provides college scholarships and mentoring services for young cancer thrivers.
EPISODE FIVE: ED PULIDO
Major Ed Pullido was part of a convoy going into hostile territory when they hit a road side bomb. He sustained serious injuries that not only affected him physically but also mentally. He started Warriors For Freedom to educate people on the stressors of war and help people understand the importance of peer to peer support.
EPISODE SIX: JENNY PACANOWSKI
Jenny Pacanowski was a combat medic driving a military ambulance. Her experience on the front lines left her with PTSD and to cope she turned to alcohol and heroin. Years later, once she finally got clean she found a new path forward through writing and theater. Jenny now is an advocate for other veterans and helps other female veterans with their experiences and the challenges of coming home through the arts.
Behind The Scenes: A Special Episode of Thriver Thursday
A very special episode of #ThriverThursday. It features fellow Thrivers who are making their mess a powerful message of hope and resilience!
EPISODE SEVEN: KJ FIELDS
When KJ Fields was six years old he was struck by a car and left paralyzed from the waist down. This tragic incident did not break KJ's spirits. He has a zest for life and did not let his circumstances stop him from his dreams. KJ helped form the first wheelchair basketball team in MS and is a decorated local athlete in track and field.
EPISODE EIGHT: SHAMERE MCKENZIE
January is #HumanTraffickingAwarenessMonth. There are an estimated 20.9 million human trafficking victims worldwide and according to the United Nations Office of Crime and Drugs the most identified form of human trafficking is sexual exploitation.
This #ThriverThursday we are sharing the story of Shamere McKenzie, a young woman who was a victim of sex trafficking and has now made it her mission to bring awareness and to advocate for those who have been forced into sex slavery.
EPISODE NINE: JULIE GUILLOT
Julie Guillot lost her 9-year old son, Zach, to acute myeloid leukemia. The pain and anguish of watching her son endure countless rounds of intense chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant made her determined to do what she could to find a cure. She realized there wasn't research being down on pediatric AML and has raised over 7 million for research and speaks across the country on the topic.
EPISODE TEN: KAREN MILLSAP
Karen Milsap is a young woman whose life was turned upside down when her husband was murdered in a random act of violence. Through all the pain and loss - loss of husband, job, house, and car - she was able to raise her 2-year-old son and now works as a grief consultant to help countless navigate tragedy and provide hope and inspiration.
We’re always inspired by the magnitude of people who’ve reached out to us at thriverthursday.com to share a story of a thriver they know. Karen received over 40 nominations from people who have been moved by her strength.
EPISODE ELEVEN: KAREN NEWMAN
Karen Newman is a decorated national triathlon competitor who is battling stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. Her joy for life is stronger than ever because of her faith, family and friends. She believes that all her struggles in life, including anorexia, bulimia, and cancer have all allowed her to grow and transform. Her story inspires us to help others realize that you are never too broken to be healed.
EPISODE TWELVE: SEASON 1 FINALE
Today we share with you the last episode of #thriverthursday season one. I cannot express how inspiring every story has been...Join us as we take a look back at the incredible individuals we've met along the way and share the stories of a few more.