The ‘Mane’ Event Podcast
The Mane Event - ‘Super‘ Jack Foley

The Mane Event - ‘Super‘ Jack Foley

September 2, 2021

Born with a congenital heart defect - hypoplastic left heart syndrome - 10-year-old Jack Foley essentially has half of a heart. Doctors cautioned his parents that Jack might not survive, and that he likely would be VERY limited in his physical activity.

But with the support of a great network of doctors and family, "Super Jack" has proven them all wrong!


The Mane Event - Robert Anthony Rodriguez

The Mane Event - Robert Anthony Rodriguez

August 16, 2021

Robert Anthony Rodriguez was born with fibular hemimelia and had his right leg amputated below the knee at just 10 months old. Additional personal tragedies did not deter Robert as he grew up as a gifted athlete and positive role model.

He plays for the USA Amputee soccer team, is a sled hockey player and now a Paratriathlete!


The Mane Event - Daniela Ciriello

The Mane Event - Daniela Ciriello

August 5, 2021

Daniela Ciriello is a 9-year-old from Plainfield, CT who requires monthly transfusions to treat her Cooley's Anemia. Through an extraordinary group - Team Impact - she was 'adopted' by the women's basketball team at the University of Connecticut. Enjoy their inspirational story!


The Mane Event - Alena Galan

The Mane Event - Alena Galan

July 19, 2021

Alena Galan was diagnosed with a rare genetic disease (MPS – Maroteaux-Lamy Syndrome) at the age of 3. She has overcome her diagnosis to sing at Radio City and Carnegie Hall, and appear on the TLC reality show, “sMothered.” Enjoy a few minutes with this amazing dynamo!


The Mane Event - Jesse Buchanan

The Mane Event - Jesse Buchanan

July 9, 2021

Jesse Buchanan is a senior visual FX artist at SONY Video in Los Angeles. He has worked on some of the most popular video games over the last decade, including "God of War" and "Call of Duty." Many pediatric patients rely on video games to get them through lengthy stays.

Global video game revenue skyrocketed during the pandemic to almost $180 billion — making it larger than the $100 billion global film industry.


The Mane Event - Heather Simmons

The Mane Event - Heather Simmons

July 5, 2021

Heather Simmons is an authority on all things Lewis Carroll and "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland." Enjoy this review of all 12 chapters of the book and Heather's assertion that "Alice is Everywhere!"


The Mane Event - Dave Stevens

The Mane Event - Dave Stevens

June 23, 2021

The Mane Event features Dave Stevens, an athlete and 7-time Emmy winner, who is the only athlete to play football and minor league baseball, despite having no legs!

Dave spent 20 years at ESPN covering 11 Super Bowls, 3 World Series and 3 NCAA Final Four tournaments. Enjoy his inspirational story!


The ‘Mane’ Event - Brett Blomquist

The ‘Mane’ Event - Brett Blomquist

May 18, 2021

Brett Blomquist is a 36-year-old special Olympian with Down Syndrome. He plays center on a sled hockey team that has won 20 championships. He also just wrote a book of poetry - the sale of which will raise money for his team. Enjoy his inspiring story.


The ‘Mane’ Event - Dave Zaran

The ‘Mane’ Event - Dave Zaran

May 1, 2021

Dave Zaran is a pharmacist from Michigan. He will complete his 15th Ironman Triathlon later this year. He dedicates every race to pediatric patients and holds them near to his heart. He has been an advocate amongst members of his Triathlon club to giving back.


The ‘Mane’ Event - Pete Hawkins

The ‘Mane’ Event - Pete Hawkins

April 22, 2021

At age 17, star high school football player Pete Hawkins was paralyzed in a drunk driving accident. Faced with the consequence of never being able to have use of his legs again, he was presented two choices. Give up, or get busy living. His story is uplifting and inspirational.


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