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August 10, 2021 24 mins

In this episode of Adversity to Inspiration: The JTD Coaches Me Podcast, Joann Tierney-Daniels, has a conversation with Jon Lynch.

Jon tragically lost his father in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. Jon's father, Robert Henry Lynch, Jr., was the 2 World Trade Center property manager. Although he initially called his family to say he was outside and OK, Robert went back inside to help others escape the terror. He didn't make it out a second time.

Although difficult, Jon agreed to share his story with me in honor of his father and in remembrance of the 20th anniversary of September 11.

Jon's story and many other 9/11 surviving children inspired Jon's wife, Payton Lynch, to write a book detailing their tales of trauma to triumph. Jon's story is one of 3,000 stories (not including the 2,000 adult-age people who lost a parent that day and the countless others who have gone on to lose a parent due to 9/11 illnesses) that need to be told.

To learn more about Joann Tierney-Daniels, visit  You can find additional information about Jon, Payton Lynch, or her book, Rise from the Ashes: Stories of Trauma, Resilience, and Growth from the Children of 9/11, on her website at 

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