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Overcoming Adversity:

Kevin  Pearce
Kevin Pearce

Champion Snowboarder & Traumatic Brain Injury Survivor

Pearce went from being a gold medal hopeful to suffering a brain injury that nearly took his life. Known for his contagious optimism, he delivers a powerful message of overcoming adversity.

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Dr. Alfredo  Quiñones-Hinojosa
Dr. Alfredo Quiñones-Hinojosa

World-Renowned Neurosurgeon & Neuroscientist

Mexican immigrant Quiñones-Hinojosa went from migrant worker to head of brain tumor surgery at Johns Hopkins. His incredible story is being developed into a movie by Brad Pitt and Disney.

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John  O'Leary
John O'Leary

Burn Victim, Author & Founder of Rising Above Programs

At the age of nine, John was severely burned on 100% of his body. No one expected him to survive the first night. But he did. From this tragedy, John received the greatest gift – embracing the truth and chosing how to.

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Wes  Moore
Wes Moore

NYT Best-Selling Author & Motivational Leader

Moore energizes audiences with his remarkable personal story of overcoming adversity through education, embracing personal responsibility and emerging as an inspirational leader.

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Gregory  Boyle
Gregory Boyle

Founder, Homeboy Industries

Father Gregory Boyle is the founder and CEO of Homeboy Industries, the largest gang intervention and re-entry program in Los Angeles County. 

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Patrick "Blake" Leeper
Patrick "Blake" Leeper

Olympic/Paralympic Games Medalist

Patrick “Blake” Leeper is an eight-time Paralympic Track and Field international medalist, world record holder and three-time American record holder.

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John F. Crowley
John F. Crowley

Subject of Extraordinary Measures

When his children were diagnosed with a rare and fatal disorder, John Crowley embarked on a journey to find a cure. His story was told in the film Extraordinary Measures.

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Jeff  Bauman
Jeff Bauman

Subject of the Movie Stronger, Boston Marathon Bombing Hero & Best-Selling Author

A survivor of the Boston Marathon bombing and a national hero, Jeff Bauman shares his story in a presentation that will inspire. He is the subject of the movie Stronger starring Jake Gyllenhaal, based on his best-selling book of the same name.

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