Category: PFWA

Episode 37 – Diva’s Dialogue | Dr. Donna Walton’s Path to “Diva’s with Disabilities”


Published: Thursday March 7, 2024
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Dr. Donna Walton, founder of Divas with Disabilities Project, discusses her journey and mission with Alycia Anderson. Walton’s personal struggle with disability led to empowering others through representation and resilience. Divas aims to reshape perceptions of disability, especially for black and brown women, advocating for inclusive spaces and amplifying voices globally. Walton’s story of perseverance, from facing cancer to acting roles, exemplifies the importance of never abandoning dreams.

Episode 37 Transcript


Published: Thursday March 7, 2024
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In this heartfelt episode of “Pushing Forward with Alycia,” Dr. Donna Walton shares her transformative journey from aspiring dancer and actress to advocate for women with disabilities. Through the Divas With Disabilities Project, she champions representation and resilience. Walton’s story, marked by overcoming bone cancer at 18, inspires listeners to pursue dreams relentlessly. Her impactful work extends globally, advocating for inclusivity and meaningful representation. The episode encapsulates resilience, triumph, and unwavering determination.

Episode 36 – From Stunt Performer to Spinal Injury Ambassador | Jonathan Goodwin


Published: Thursday February 29, 2024
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Jonathan Goodwin, once a daredevil stunt performer turned spinal injury ambassador, shares his journey from a life-changing accident on AGT Extreme to his new roles as a hypnotherapist and keynote speaker. He emphasizes embracing challenges and transforming fear into knowledge. Goodwin’s advice to “say yes” before worrying encapsulates his resilient mindset and encourages listeners to push forward despite uncertainty.

Episode 36 Transcript


Published: Thursday February 29, 2024
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In Episode 36 of Pushing Forward with Alycia, retired stunt performer Jonathan Goodwin shares his journey from near-fatal accident on America’s Got Talent Extreme to becoming a Spinal Injury Ambassador. From his origins in magic to navigating a complete spinal injury, Goodwin’s story is one of resilience and reinvention. He discusses his work as a hypnotherapist, advocacy for spinal injury support, and his creative pursuits in screenwriting, inspiring listeners to embrace new opportunities with a “say yes” attitude.

Episode 35 – How a Vitiligo Diagnosis Changed Aiesha Robinson’s Life


Published: Thursday February 22, 2024
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Aiesha Robinson’s life transformed after a vitiligo diagnosis, leading her to advocate self-love and resilience. She founded Born to Rise, empowering others through storytelling. Despite struggles with identity and bullying, she now spreads positivity and educates on self-acceptance. Through her nonprofit, Aiesha provides a platform for diverse voices. Her message: “You were born to rise,” encourages resilience and self-belief, inspiring others to embrace their uniqueness and push forward.

Episode 35 Transcript


Published: Thursday February 22, 2024
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In a heartfelt episode of “Pushing Forward with Alycia,” Aiesha Robinson shares her journey from a vitiligo diagnosis at 18 to founding Born To Rise. Aiesha champions self-love and resilience, highlighting the transformative power of storytelling. Her global mission aims to inspire unity through vulnerability, emphasizing the strength found in embracing one’s true self. Aiesha reflects, urging others to embrace their uniqueness as their true source of power.

Episode 34 – Special Valentine’s Episode | Rolling in Love with Alycia & Marty


Published: Wednesday February 14, 2024
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Episode 34 of ‘Pushing Forward with Alycia’ celebrates Valentine’s Day with Alycia and Marty sharing their unique love journey. From youthful mischief to heartfelt proposals, they recount pivotal moments, reflecting on challenges that strengthened their bond. Candid discussions challenge stereotypes around disability and intimacy. The episode includes a poignant reading of Lily Grossman’s poem, resonating with their shared experiences.

Episode 34 Transcript


Published: Wednesday February 14, 2024
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In this Valentine’s Day episode of Alycia Anderson’s podcast, ‘Pushing Forward with Alycia,’ she highlights disability empowerment. With her husband, Marty, she explores love, resilience, and success against odds, challenging misconceptions about disabled relationships. They share their journey from young love to marriage, emphasizing mutual support and overcoming obstacles. The podcast advocates for inclusive love and perseverance.

Episode 33 – Sweet Ella | The Child Heart Warrior


Published: Thursday February 8, 2024
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In Episode 33 of Pushing Forward with Alycia, Regina and Shane share their journey with daughter Ella, born with Congenital Heart Defect. Highlighting Ella’s diagnosis, family strength, milestones, and empowerment through education, they showcase resilience and love. Ella, a true heart warrior, inspires with her zest for life, redefining strength daily.

Episode 33 Transcript


Published: Thursday February 8, 2024
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Alycia Anderson hosts Pushing Forward with Alycia, a podcast empowering the disabled. In a poignant episode, she interviews her twin sister Regina and brother-in-law Shane about their daughter Ella’s journey with Congenital Heart Defect. Shane emphasizes embracing challenges, finding strength in adversity, and advocating for heart warriors like Ella. Regina stresses openness, gratitude, and building supportive communities. Together, they inspire resilience and love.