The Grief of Losing an Idol

On November 27th, 2017, Charlie Ruderman interviewed his mother Catherine Smith to learn about her childhood and what it was like to lose a loved one. Throughout the interview, Catherine describes her childhood in the 1970’s San Fernando Valley. This...

Jenifer Ihm, Robert Donatelli, and Maureen Donatelli

Jenifer "Jeni" Ihm (48) interviews her parents, Robert "Bob" Donatelli (87) and Maureen Donatelli (86), about the death of the brother she never met, their parents and grandparents, how they met, and their lives in the past.

Peggy Emert and Toby Emert

Toby Emert (49) interviews his mother Peggy Emert (69) about her relationship with his father.

Sara Saltzman, Zachary Saltzman, and Jake Saltzman

Sara Fay Saltzman (85) talks to her grandsons, Zack Saltzman (21) and his brother Jake Saltzman (25) about growing up in Chicago, her husband's business on Maxwell Street, her career as a teacher, and motherhood.

Interview with Eve Small

Talking to my big sister about the hardships in her life.


We talked a lot about my dad’s changing career path and how his life changed after his brain tumor.

Terrence Adams and Morgan Routson

Megan Routson (29) interviews her fiancé, Terrence Adams (30), about his brain tumor. He speaks about how it has affected his life, how their relationship has changed, and his hopes for the future.

Winston Dunn

Winston Dunn tells his story about life after 27 operations on a brain tumor when he was 10. Now, 31 years later, Winston wishes to someday continue learning how to be a mechanic, and to one day be able to...

Ernestine Krehbiel and Rose [No Name Given]

One Small Step partners Ernestine Krehbiel (83) and Rose [No Name Given] (45) share a conversation about their children, abortion, faith, and their personal political values.

Sarah Houseknecht and Valerie Lawson

Friends Sarah Houseknecht (36) and Valerie Lawson (50) talk about their shared experiences with brain tumors and hearing loss, their favorite memories with one another, and how the First Light Community has impacted them both.

Ann Fisher and Sandeep Garcha

Sandeep "San" Garcha (43) discusses his life choices, addictions, and goals with his friend, Ann Fisher [no age given].

Shannon Bear and Amanda Bear

Shannon Bear (37) speaks to his wife, Amanda Bear (37), about losing his wife of 10 years to a brain tumor, learning not to sweat the small things in life, and his love for his children. They speak about remarrying...