success

Janelle "Meant For More"

Janelle "Meant For More"

“...that part of my life really broke me. It broke my faith, it nearly broke my family. It broke friendships. It broke me financially. I nearly lost everything. But you know what else it did for me? It made me stop. It made me take all the masks off. It made me start being intentional with my daughters. It made me start putting my phone away. It stripped away all that didn’t need to be there, so I could truly see what was left. And it appeared there wasn’t much.

My heart longed for something more: it was broken. I was broken. Inside I knew I was meant for more … I just had to figure out what that was. And I needed to figure that out for me...no one else, just me.”

READ JANELLE’S STORY HERE

Jackie "Turn The Struggle Into A Positive"

Jackie "Turn The Struggle Into A Positive"

“I started noticing in basketball practices that I had to really focus in order to catch a ball coming from across the court. For a college basketball coach who had been playing the game my whole life, this was unusual. My depth perception seemed off…”

What started as a simple vision check, turned into a tumor being found in Jackie’s left eye and a rare cancer diagnosis. Through this difficult journey, Jackie has made it a priority to turn her struggles into a positive that can help others.

JACKIE’S STORY HERE

Jennifer "My Acoustic Neuroma Journey"

Jennifer "My Acoustic Neuroma Journey"

"I went in for a hearing test and was told I was completely deaf in my right ear. They gave me three options for suddenly becoming deaf; 1) bad luck, 2) past cheerleading incident that just surfaced, or 3) brain tumor. So of course, I only heard option 3 and began to panic. I had an MRI done immediately and was told that I had an acoustic neuroma (a tumor on the main nerve leading from the inner ear to the brain).

After much thought and discussion with my parents and boyfriend (now husband), we chose the surgery route (posterior auricular approach). I took a big risk in hopes my facial nerve could be saved so I could continue with my career dreams.

I woke up to find I had no movement in the right side of my face. I was weak and had no balance on the right side of my body either. My right eye couldn’t blink, my mouth could not close all the way, I felt like anything they said could go wrong with my surgery did go wrong.
...
My story is unique and I want others to see that a positive recovery is possible amongst those days when you feel the whole world is against you. I want to help in any way I possibly can, I feel as if it is my job to do so."

JENNIFER'S STORY HERE

Jennifer "The Pay-It-Forward Hero"

Jennifer "The Pay-It-Forward Hero"

"One year in college while at a Rugby tournament, I ended up attending my first ever women’s boxing match at one of the local bars. I was instantly hooked. I happened to be standing next to a boxing scout who, tickled by my enthusiasm, asked me if I would try out for boxing. Long story short, he had watched me play rugby earlier that day and said that I did not hit like a girl. I soon signed on and became a Women’s Professional Boxer for the WIBF. (Not bad for a girl who had to be the sports manager in high school)

In 2015, I realized how sick I was of being a struggling single mom. I wanted to do something to help others. I started a pay-it-forward group on Facebook called 'Kansas City Heroes'. My group was designed to help people with disabilities, senior citizens, and single-parent homes by providing acts of kindness. We are a grassroots organization that wants to get the “pay it forward” message out.

It does not take a lot of money to help someone in need, just a lot of love and compassion. We can all deal out some of that!"

Jennifer's story HERE.

Jeanne's Story "Honored and Humbled"

Jeanne's Story "Honored and Humbled"

Three female students from Glendale, two tremendous debaters and one athlete, took it upon themselves to address the Springfield Public Schools Board of Education and demand that girls in the five high schools be given the opportunity to participate in competitive and organized sports. The School Board listened and because I was a physical education teacher at Glendale I was given the responsibility to coach both the girls’ basketball and volleyball teams. Given my height as only five foot you might say that these were not two sports that I had ever participated in and only knew enough about them to teach them in physical education class.

Read Jeanne's amazing story HERE.

Robert's Story "The Addiction of Santa Clausdom"

Robert's Story "The Addiction of Santa Clausdom"

Four weeks later I was already searching the internet for costumes, boots, toys and anything else that could be used to further enhance my image as Santa Claus. I could not wait until next year. I was smitten, hooked and addicted, to the image of Santa and the magical effects that it had on children and adults of all ages.

Trina's Story "My Twisted Gift"

Trina's Story "My Twisted Gift"

The process of running connects me to my faith, gives me hope, and teaches me that life is a marathon and not a sprint. A few running milestones have blessed me in 2016. After the tragic Joplin tornado in 2011, I decided to participate in the Joplin Memorial Run and have every year. This year, at the Joplin Memorial Half Marathon, I set a PR for the 13.1 mile race with a time of 1:39:44. Earlier this year I was also grateful to have set the Missouri state record for the 25K and broke the 20K time for my age division.  I’m grateful every time I run and plan to do it for the rest of my life, God willing.

Read Trina's amazing story of success HERE.

Taylor's Story "No Expense Spared"

Taylor's Story "No Expense Spared"

"So in summary – YES, Hollywood is a very expensive town to live in. It will take everything from you, but if your heart is in the right place, you’ll consider it an even trade. And also YES, your parents are right – pursuing a career in the arts is a really really hard life. However, so is doing something you hate, but without all of the golden moments that come along only with following your heart."

Read Taylor's complete story HERE.

David's Story "Hope Dealer"

David's Story "Hope Dealer"

"Today I have four college degrees. I am a counselor who specializes in co-occurring disorders, working with the Greene County Drug Court program through Preferred Family Healthcare. I sit on multiple boards and coalitions. I have the great fortune to speak across the state in training sessions, groups, churches, schools, communities and conferences."


Read David's story of turning life around HERE.
 

Chloe's Story "Doors"

Chloe's Story "Doors"

"My senior year of highschool I knew exactly which two schools I was meant for. Either the Kansas City Art Institute or the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. I was accepted into both on scholarship..."

Read Chloe's full story HERE.

HOLLY'S STORY "SIMPLICITY"

HOLLY'S STORY "SIMPLICITY"

"I chose to leave the corporate world and went to work in a place where I could be just as successful..."

READ MORE OF HOLLY'S STORY ON SUCCESS HERE.