S3 Ep. 11: “Hope For the Holidays” Guest Kate Glaser

SEASON 3 Ep 11: “Hope for the holidays” Guest Kate Glaser


            In 2019, in a quaint coffee shop, Kate and I sat chatting about our careers, our lives, our families. Kate had been working for Make A Wish Foundation but was also running her passion project Hope Rises, a global good news network aimed at spreading hope nationally but also right here in WNY. At the time, Kate had been stretched in every direction, working full time, balancing children, husband, and trying to find a way to bring her dream of Hope Rises main stream. I remember the fire in her eyes as she spoke about the work Hope Rises does and how much their fundraising helped others. Yet, she was on the brink of walking away. After nearly six years of running Hope Rises, she was tired and wasn’t sure she could keep balancing both her job and her passion. Hope Rises was known, but it wasn’t what it is today. I remember asking her, “What is it you love so much about Hope Rises? If you let it go, how do you think you’ll feel?”

Needless to say, she kept going. And, within six months Hope Rises exploded on social media when one of their good news video stories went viral. That was the tipping point (and for those who don’t know the reference–read the book- The Tipping Point, linked below).

Kate went full time into Hope Rises, and now, they spread hope-filled news every single day, as well as hosting powerful giveback projects. To date, they have raised over $300,000+ and change countless lives through charitable efforts of love like their Shine Gold fundraiser for pediatric cancer and supporting veterans at WNY Heroes.

In this episode, Kate sits down with me to discuss the power of hope, faith, family, and never giving up–even when you think all hope is lost.

As we head into Thanksgiving and the holiday season, this is an episode that will fill you with magic and love. You can watch this interview below or hear it via episode link above.

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Resources from SEASON 3 Ep. 11:


Hope Rises Blog: Couple transforms hospital rooms into holiday wonderlands for sick children

Biola University- Hope Changes Everything,

Hope + Wellness Blog- Understanding Grief and Chronic Illness,

Psychology Today- Hope and Faith as a Healing Concept,

Clinical Trials:

CURRENTLY RECRUITING! Imvax Inc. IGV-001- Phase 2b Clinical Trial Combination Immunotherapy in Newly Diagnosed Patients With Glioblastoma,

CURRENTLY RECRUITING! Roswell Cancer Center (plus 15+ other centers)- SurVaxM Vaccine-Brain Cancer Immunotherapy,


CURRENTLY RECRUITING! Ivy Brain Tumor Center- Phase 0 Clinical Trial for Recurrent Glioblastoma,

CURRENTLY RECRUITING! Lenox Hill/Northwell Health- Tissue autograft to bypass the blood brain barrier (BBB) in human glioblastoma multiforme,

CURRENTLY RECRUITING! BSW Health- Treatment of Recurrent GBM With APG-157 Via Expanded Access,

CURRENTLY RECRUITING! MD Anderson Cancer Center (includes GammaTile Therapy)- Phase 3 Clinical Trial for Newly Diagnosed Metastatic Brain tumors

CURRENTLY RECRUITING! UCSF and Ivy Brain Tumor Center- Phase 2 trial of Sonodynamic Therapy Using SONALA for DIPG

Episode 11 Video:


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