The outdoors can be a source of adventure for some, and danger and risk for others.
And the USA TODAY network Storytellers Project will bring five first-person true stories about the outdoors to salons across America as part of its virtual season, which has garnered hundreds of thousands of views on shows airing on Facebook and Youtube.
David Cicotello of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, is one of the storytellers. He will share a tragic and poignant personal story about hiking in Utah with his brother. Cicotello’s older brother, whom he idolized as a child, has passed away and Cicotello nearly lost his life while waiting to be rescued for six days.
“I am thrilled and humbled to be on this show because the stories of overcoming adversity and loss help to comfort and inspire others,” said Cicotello, who will share the story on his 67th birthday. birthday.
As America wraps up its third month of #StayatHome, the Storytellers Project will present its fifth virtual storytelling show “LIVE, In Your House” at 5 p.m. ET on May 28 as part of the USA TODAY Network’s work to help Americans to feel connected, comforted and united during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The series launched on April 2 live broadcast on the Storytellers Project Facebook page and YouTube channel, with tens of thousands of people across the country watching and listening.
Cicotello’s story, first told on a Storytellers stage in Nashville, is remarkably resilient.
“I hope my story shows how relationships unite us forever. And that it’s not just about surviving a life-changing experience, but also thriving afterwards with increased resilience, faith, love and purpose, ”he said.
Julia King Kohn, 27, from Phoenix, Arizona, will share a light story about her love for dogs and her obsession with the Iditarod which, at 19, took her miles from home in Quebec, Canada .
“It’s the story of a kid from Arizona who grew up wanting to be a dog musher in Alaska. So it’s a story of dreams, but also of plans that don’t turn out the way you think and how that’s OK, ”Kohn said.
Barry Karcher, who had a near-death experience in the Arctic as a contestant for the sixth season of “Alone” on the History Channel, will share his story with his wife, Constance.
Karcher, 42, left his 38-year-old wife and two young children behind in Fort Collins, Colorado for the solo adventure, all for a chance of $ 500,000. It’s a story from two perspectives – Barry’s adventure in the desert and Constance’s months without her husband.
“What I’ve learned from my 69 days alone in the Arctic is that your ‘why’ should be the main focus to stay motivated in an otherwise less challenging situation,” said Barry Karcher. “Do that and appreciate what a unique opportunity these days present for personal growth.”
Megan Finnerty, Founder and Director of the Storytellers Project, will also tell a story about dark skies and the Grand Canyon. Kaila White, breaking news producer at The Republic of Arizona, will host the show.
The May 28 program
- Barry Karcher, 42, of Fort Collins, Colorado, applies to compete in an Arctic reality TV survival competition. He has a newborn daughter, but he and his wife, Constance, think the half-million dollar price tag is worth it. Barry is selected from 22,000 applicants. He survived 69 days before starving to death, losing 82 pounds and 32% of his body weight.
- David Cicotello, 66, of Murfreesboro, Tennessee, experiences the death of his brother as the two travel through a slot canyon in Utah. Cicotello is trapped in the canyon alone with barely any food or water. He faces his own mortality by waiting six days before rescuers find him.
- Julia King Kohn, 27, of Phoenix, Arizona, grows up idolizing dogs, and once she gets to know the Iditarod, she knows she has to find a way to be part of the famous race. So, she accepts unpaid work to care for and feed a team of 35 dogs, 22 miles from the nearest village outside of Quebec for a man named Stan. Although life intervened in the form of marriage and children, Kohn still hopes to be the first Arizona to participate in the famous race.
- Erick Cedeno, 46, of Phoenix, Arizona, is a Panamanian-American immigrant and model who decides to chart the Underground Railroad route on his bike from Alabama to New York City. People are generous, others are cruel, and he confronts his own preconceptions about race and class, and who he is when cycling over 1,000 miles.
- Megan Finnerty, 40, of Phoenix, Arizona, a story about dark skies and the Grand Canyon – and the meaning of life.