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All over the country people Live Fearless every day. They fearlessly strive to live healthy lives, get healthy faster and stay healthy longer. Faces of Fearless celebrates these people — people like you — who are overcoming challenges with Blue Cross Blue Shield by your side every step of the way.

Dani-Do

Dani Kinert's cerebral palsy never stops her from achieving her goals

Her grandfather nicknamed her “Dani-Do.” Dani Kinert was born with cerebral palsy and needed surgery shortly after being born. In the years since then, and despite many physical challenges, Dani continues to accomplish remarkable things and inspire the people around her. From a silver medals at the Special Olympic World games to golf and living independently, Dani’s fearlessness will inspire you, too.

Dani Kinert

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina

Pedaling through adversity

Stacy Kohl returns to a favored childhood activity to find her fearlessness again

Stacy loved bicycling as a child and into young adulthood. It was more than hobby. Seizures prevented her from getting a driver’s license. In her thirties she had brain surgery, which ended the seizures. Stacy traded her bike for a car and all was well for the next few years.

Over the decades, cycling came back into and out of Stacy’s life, but after losing both of her parents, she was at a low. In Stacy’s words, “I lost my cycling mojo and found myself slipping into a different mental state. My own health began to slip.”

Then Stacy’s personal health issues introduced challenges of their own. She lost two-thirds of her pancreas and became diabetic almost overnight, requiring insulin and pills to manage her blood sugar. It was the wakeup call that sent her back to cycling, the hobby that has always been there for her.

Her goal was bold and truly fearless: log 2,014 cycling miles in 2014. Within the first few months, Stacy came off insulin. By August, she had already met her 2,014 mile target. Shortly after, test results came back: no longer diabetic, and she had lost 25 pounds in the process.

Final tally: 2,600 miles logged in 2014. Stacy Kohl is definitely on a roll!

Stacy Kohl

Regence BlueCross BlueShield

Not scared to get their hands dirty for better health

Meet Myranda and Mee-Jean, who use the desire to be healthy for their children and Faces of Fearless as an opportunity to get in shape through a "mud run"

Sometimes it’s the little things that hold us back. Facing smaller fears teaches important lessons that can lead to greater confidence when future challenges arise. Meet Myranda and Mee-Jean, who use the desire to be healthy for their children and Faces of Fearless as an opportunity to get in shape through a “mud run”. As Mee-Jean says, “I want to do this because it’s time for me to get back in shape after having a baby four months ago.!”

Myranda and Mee-Jean

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of South Carolina

Split-decisions

Louise Gooche didn't let a cancer diagnosis deter her from becoming a cheerleader in her sixties and did her first full split at the age of 62

Louise Gooche became a cheerleader in her sixties and did her first full split at the age of 62. Then she was diagnosed with colon cancer. If you think that stopped her, then you don’t know Louise’s amazing and fearless spirit. Now she cheers again to promote active and healthy living for seniors.

Louise Gooche

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina

Fearless is... becoming a father

Entering parenthood later in life takes fearlessness to a new level.

I got married at age 48 and at 54 just had my first child. That may not be the norm, but I couldn't feel more blessed. As my son's life begins, I feel young again, not to mention fearless.

Steven Sochay

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan

Fearless is... a state of mind

In early 2016 my leg had to be amputated. I was not a star pupil during rehab, but doing my exercise regime diligently produced results. The greatest day was the test walk with my new leg. I knew everything was going to be better in an overwhelming way, and I would learn to walk again. Plus I was surrounded by my family’s love and never stopped feeling that love throughout my medical adventure. The picture was taken on my first day back at work, and the video shows my physical therapist helping me learn to climb steps again.

Ellen Schieber

Independence Blue Cross

Finishing fearless

Meet Keyisha, who uses Faces of Fearless as an opportunity to get in shape through a 5k run

Sometimes it’s the little things that hold us back. Facing smaller fears teaches important lessons that can lead to greater confidence when future challenges arise. Meet Keyisha, who uses Faces of Fearless as an opportunity to get in shape through a 5k run. As she says, “My goal is to not finish last while losing weight and living fearless!”

Keyisha

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of South Carolina

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