Joe Torrillo, retired firefighter, describes his harrowing experience of being buried alive twice as a result of the collapse of the Twin Towers on 9/11. He grew through it with strength, courage, patience and significant medical care.
Mariela Shaker survived the war in Syria, got a full scholarship to study music at Monmouth College, IL, and was honored as a White House Champion of Change for World Refugees. Shaker believes in the power of music to remove barriers between people and nations.
Richard Williams, Oklahoma City Federal Building bombing survivor, describes being dug out of the rubble by first responders and healing with the support of family, faith and friends. He believes in doing something positive to have a sense of accomplishment.
Fay Malkin describes surviving the Holocaust through the kindness of a Polish woman and her daughter who hid her family. She also lived, miraculously, after being deliberately poisoned in order to silence her crying during their hiding.
Peter Miller tells his story of evacuating the World Trade Center twice — after the terrorist attacks of 1993 and September 11, 2001. He speaks about the importance of forming a support group and the benefits of meditation for PTSD.