A Place of Yes | A Grief Podcast

A Place of Yes | A Grief Podcast

“A Place of YES” is a podcast about using your grief to create something good. The non-profit Jake’s Help From Heaven releases weekly episodes showcasing the good that has been done in the 13 years since Jake’s death. You’ll meet mothers who know Heather’s grief and her joy. You’ll get to know the children that have been helped by Jake and you’ll meet the people who have helped make all of this joy possible.

Episodes

July 18, 2024 49 mins
Daniel DeFabio turned his personal tragedy into a mission to support others. After losing his son Lucas to Menkes syndrome at just 11 years old, Daniel dedicated himself to the rare disease community, now serving as the Director of Community Engagement for Global Genes. Learn about Lucas’s journey, from his premature birth to his brave fight with Menkes syndrome. Hear Daniel’s story of grief, resilience, and the milestones that m...
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"Dear God, I just want to live..." was the last journal entry made by 18-year-old Olivia Allen. The Saratoga Springs teen was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), a rare form of cancer, and passed away within the same year - shocking her community. In this episode, her mother Mellisa Allen takes us into her mindset during that last year and those final days. We learn about her daughter's resilience and positive outlook even...
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In this episode, we sit down with Heather to discuss the devastating murder of Philip Rabadi in 2022. Philip's father, Shaw Rabadi, discovered his son's brutally tortured body, marking the beginning of an intense investigation that revealed a chilling tale of stalking and violence. Heather, a longtime family friend, shares her insights and the emotional toll this tragedy has taken on the Rabadi family and their close-knit communi...
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June 27, 2024 40 mins
Jessica Fein is the author of Breath Taking: A Memoir of Family, Dreams, and Broken Genes and host of the "I Don't Know How You Do It" podcast. She's a seasoned media contributor, with forums including Newsweek, Psychology Today, The Boston Globe, HuffPost, Scary Mommy and more. Heather and Jessica connect on child loss, friendship and when people say the wrong thing. Get the book: Breath Taking: A Memoir of Family, Dreams, and B...
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June 20, 2024 38 mins
Join us on A Place of Yes as we interview Kayla, mother of Jax, who was diagnosed with autism. Kayla shares their journey as special needs parents, detailing how they support and love Jax through his struggles. She also discusses a pivotal moment when a doctor administered the wrong dose of a vaccine to Jax, highlighting the importance of advocating for your child. Tune in for an inspiring story of resilience, love, and the power ...
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Father and son, Shaun and Shamus Evans have inspired the nation with their running achievements. From a 3,200 mile run across America when Shamus was nine, to the prestigious Boston Marathon now that Shamus is 18. Shamus was born with Cerebral Palsy – a condition which limits his primary means of mobility to a wheelchair, but does not limit his ability to dream and inspire others.  Right before Thanksgiving 2013, Shamus said “Dad,...
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In this inspiring episode of "A Place of Yes," we interview Skip Carlson, the renowned Vice President of External Affairs at Saratoga Casino. With a career spanning several decades at the same organization, Skip shares his unique insights on the importance of community involvement and the impact of steadfast dedication to one’s profession. We delve into his experiences giving back to the community, his role in supporting local no...
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Join Heather & Perrier as they share their journeys as parents of children with disabilities, including Wolf-Hirschhorn Syndrome. In this heartfelt episode, they discuss societal struggles, balancing work and caregiving, and coping with grief. They highlight the importance of empathy, self-care, and strong support systems. Heather and Perrier also emphasize recognizing and celebrating the individuality of children with special need...
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May 30, 2024 38 mins
In this heartfelt episode of A Place of Yes, Heather interviews Jennifer F. Hendricks-Fogg, who shares the inspiring story of her son Logan. Diagnosed with a brain tumor at just three months old, Logan beat the odds and survived but now faces ongoing medical struggles. Jennifer talks about the grief of letting go of her envisioned life and the resilience required to embrace a new reality. She and her husband became fierce advocates...
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May 23, 2024 46 mins
In this heartfelt episode of A Place of Yes, host Heather sits down with Jen and Mike, parents of Lizzie, a child who has faced numerous disabilities since birth, including a tracheostomy. They share their journey of navigating grief for the life they imagined alongside the unexpected joy and humorous moments that come with traveling with a disabled child. Jen and Mike also discuss the deep bond between Lizzie and her sister, Emily...
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May 16, 2024 41 mins
In this week’s A Place of Yes episode, Heather sits down with Marcy, Andy's Mom, host of the Always Andy’s Mom Podcast. Together, they delve into the journey of grief as bereaved parents, discussing its stigma and cherishing cherished memories with their sons. Tune in to A Place of Yes for an insightful dialogue on honoring lost loved ones and harnessing grief to fuel meaningful discussions. Always Andy's Mom Podcast: FIND HEA...
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May 9, 2024 39 mins
Join Heather and Brian in a personal Q&A session as they navigate the grief of losing their son, Jake, at just four years old. Follow us on Instagram for future participation opportunities! In this emotional dialogue, they share the raw emotions, challenges, and reflections of their journey through grief. Despite the pain, their resilience and love shine as they support each other through the darkest days. Explore the complexitie...
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May 2, 2024 42 mins
In this episode, join Heather as she chats with Cait, the beloved nanny of the Straughter family. Cait quickly became integral to their lives and bonded with Jake. At just 21, Cait embarked on a journey of caring for Jake, sharing his joys and challenges. Tune in as we explore Jake's birthday festivities, Cait's deep commitment to his well-being, and her reflections on motherhood. FIND HEATHER & JAKE'S HELP FROM HEAVEN ❤️ Heather'...
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April 25, 2024 32 mins
Join host Heather Straughter on A Place of Yes Podcast as she interviews Mark Mulholland about his journey through loss. Mark shares the emotional story of losing his wife, Kelly, to cancer and raising their two children alone. He also opens up about his podcast, "The Upbeat," where he shares his loss experience and his fundraiser, "Kelly's Angels," in honor of his late wife. Tune in for a powerful conversation about resilience...
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April 18, 2024 52 mins
In this emotional episode, Tara, Sofia's mother, shares their journey. From Sofia's healthy birth to the virus that altered her life forever, Tara discusses the challenges of raising a child with special needs. Tragically, Sofia passed away at seven years old in 2019, leaving Tara to navigate life without her beloved daughter. Join us as Tara opens up about grief, resilience, and finding hope in the face of profound loss. FIND HEA...
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April 15, 2024 27 mins
Charlie Wait, Jr. was born with a rare heart condition and had emergency surgery as a baby. He is now the president of Adirondack Trust Company, a bank that has been part of Saratoga Springs, NY’s history since 1901. In this episode of A Place of Yes, Wait opens up about his personal struggles with grief and how the bank works with their customers as they also experience grief – specifically by providing excellent customer service,...
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April 11, 2024 36 mins
In this poignant episode, host Heather sits down with Tabitha to delve into the realities of raising a child with severe cerebral palsy. Through heartfelt conversation, they explore the profound challenges and triumphs of caring for a disabled child, shedding light on the importance of awareness and advocacy. Together, they candidly share the highs and lows of motherhood, navigating the unexpected twists and turns and grieving th...
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April 4, 2024 40 mins
In today's episode, Heather engages in a heartfelt conversation with Kristin, a mother who has been part of the Jake’s Help From Heaven community for years. Kristin shares her journey as the mother of Milana, a child facing challenges similar to those faced by Heather’s son, Jake. Together, they delve into the profound struggles of parenting a disabled child in a society often lacking in understanding. Their conversation touches on...
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In today's episode, author Jillian Benfield, mother, and disability advocate, discusses her book The Gift of the Unexpected with host Heather. Jillian speaks about her son’s Down Syndrome diagnosis and how it shifted her life and allowed her to remove the masks she was wearing. She talks about how the unexpected made her a better, more open-minded person. Find Heather and Jake's Help from Heaven: ❤️ Heather's Instagram: https://ww...
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March 21, 2024 40 mins
Today, Heather sits down with Crystal, the mother of Austin. Austin's story hits close to home, as their work with Jake's Help From Heaven was something that deeply touched the team. Reminiscing with Crystal on their unpredictble, yet fun journey of building Austin his very own wheelchair platform swing, brought laughter, tears, and joy. Tune in to learn more about Austin's life and passing, as Heather and Crystal discuss some of t...
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