Michel Varisco

Benefitting Team Gleason

Mom, wife, artist and one of my all time favorite people, Michel Varisco, cozies up with All The Wiser on a couch in her native New Orleans. Michel walks us through the day of her husbands terminal diagnosis, finding out she was pregnant a month later and what it was like to watch a documentary about her life in a packed theater at Sundance Film Festival. She opens up about the pressure of living up to false expectations, the realities of life as a full time caretaker to her husband and newborn baby, their decision to have a second child and how her darkest days inspired her work as an artist.

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Steve Gleason

Benefitting Team Gleason

Former NFL football player Steve Gleason founded a charity, Team Gleason, helped create the largest ALS research project in history, has a congressional medal of honor, a law passed in his name and is the star of a Super Bowl commercial and film about his life. Most importantly, he is a proud father of two kids -- Rivers and Gray. Steve accomplished all of the above and more while unable to walk, talk, eat or breath on his own.

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Monica Escobedo

Benefitting Give An Hour

Beloved television producer, Monica Escobedo, survived the unthinkable. For the first time, she shares the details of the day she lost her brother, mother and father in a murder-suicide. Monica courageously shares her story of loss, love, intuition and why she chooses to honor her mentally ill brother in spite of his final act. Her strength, honesty and life perspective will leave you astounded and inspired.

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Matt Pohlson

Benefitting Folds of Honor

In this conversation, Matt opens up about what changed everything for him: a near death experience that left him flatlining for over 4 minutes and spending days in a coma. He shares how his mom saved his life, what he experienced on “the other side” and how he views his relationships and company in an entirely new light.

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Laine Carlsness
Christopher Brune Horan

Benefitting Inspire

Christopher Brune Horan shares his remarkable journey of fostering to adopt. Christopher and his husband Jesse decided to marry, start a family and adopt within months of falling in love. Their story starts with a phone call that a little boy has been born to a mother addicted to crystal meth and has nowhere to go.

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Laine Carlsness
Matt Long

Benefitting I Will Foundation

Matt Long’s extraordinary life story is a lesson in the power of perseverance. The bestselling author, motivational speaker and former New York City firefighter has been to the brink and back. TWICE!

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Laine Carlsness