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Your Guide to Thrive

Improving the social and emotional wellbeing of kids impacted by chronic illness



Jessie’s JoyJars: How a Passion Inspires Others to Never Ever Give Up

In this week’s episode of The UpBeat Podcast powered by CoachArt, our Executive Director and host Greg is joined by Erik Rees, a former pastor at the world-renowned Saddleback Church in Orange County, an author, and the father of Jessie, who was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2011 at age 11. Immediately after her diagnosis, […]

Helping Others Is One of The Best Ways To Help Yourself

In this week’s episode of The UpBeat Podcast powered by CoachArt, our Executive Director and host Greg is joined by Kendell Hardy, a grandmother, HR resource professional, and last year’s CoachArt Bay Area volunteer of the year. Kendell has been a great friend of CoachArt, teaching many children sewing and cooking, two passions that she […]

With Laughter, There Is Hope

In this week’s episode of The UpBeat Podcast powered by CoachArt, our Executive Director and host Greg has the chance to chat with Derek Hughes, a “stand-up magician” who performs live all across the country and has appeared on numerous TV shows, including America’s Got Talent (where he was a finalist on season 10). Derek […]

We cannot keep teaching people who are sick that they need to be healthy before they can live their lives.

– Claire Wineland

Inspirational Stories: Families Impacted by Childhood Chronic Illness