Author, Speaker, Recording Artist
Just before her 11th birthday Paige Omartian found out she had cancer. She was immediately "thrown into an intense regimen of chemotherapies, and surgeries that terrified [her]" and says that "[t]he hospital became [her] home" and completely changed her world.
Paige's life changed drastically but God wasn't finished writing her story. Now 22 years old, Paige is happily married living in Nashville, TN and is a recording artist, public speaker and recently became an author releasing her first book "Wake Up" in August 2012.
Little Starla is a 3 year old girl who has a smile that can light up any room. Her life changed though when she was only 2 years old and she and her family found out she had a rare leukemia in children, Acute Myeloid Leukemia. It shocked and scared her family and turned their world upside down when they began Round 1 of chemotherapy that very next day.
She went into remission and started round 2 about two months later but the chemo begin to damage her heart and was put in ICU two months after that in December 2011. That January Starla went into cardiac arrest after a seizure and was placed on life support in a medically induced coma. Her parents were told she would not survive much longer.
As weeks passed, a miracle happened. Starla all of a sudden got better and eventually woke up. The doctors were amazed, her parents were floored and Starla began to regain strength. In February she went through her 4th round of chemotherapy and is currently recovering. She still smiles, loves, laughs, fights and holds close to her favorite thing to say, "just trust."
His story of resilience reached the hearts of millions when he auditioned for American Idol in Season 9. The guy with the big voice, big smile and the case of Tourette Syndrome became a voice for kids all across America.
With his passion for music in spite of his illness he showed us that everyone deserves the right to dream, and dream big. Dave continues to sing, write and recently released a new album Crazy Brave.
Surfer, Author, Speaker
||From Bethany's Website,||
"At the age of thirteen [Bethany] was attacked by a 14-foot tiger shark while surfing. [The] attack left Bethany with a severed left arm. After losing over 60% of her blood, and making it through several surgeries without infection, Bethany was on her way to recovery with an unbelievably positive attitude. Lifeguards and doctors believe her strong water sense and faith in God helped get her through the traumatic ordeal."
Years later Bethany's story is an inspiration to others as she continues surfing and motivating others through her book and the recent movie Soul Surfer that was made about her life.