With more than 10 million albums sold, movie soundtracks to their credit and having had the honour of playing New York City’s Times Square on New Year’s Eve, heavy metal band P.O.D. has done it all. But behind P.O.D. frontman Sonny Sandoval’s success is the story of a mother’s love. “You should really get down here … your mom doesn’t look too good,” said the voice on the other … [Read more...]
It took a mother’s dying wish to get P.O.D. frontman Sonny Sandoval to finally hit the right note.
May 15, 2013 by William J. Bruce III Leave a Comment
In order to save a young mother from flesh-eating disease, her doctors had to make a fearful decision.
May 9, 2013 by Diane Stark Leave a Comment
"We’re going to have to amputate your wife’s hands and feet,” the doctors said. “If we don’t, she’ll die.” Marc Wilkens thought of his vibrant, energetic wife, Cyndi Desjardins. After a failed in vitro fertilization attempt, they’d adopted their daughter in 2005. From the time little Cienna could speak, she’d asked for a little brother. Marc and Cyndi tried adopting several more … [Read more...]
Tony Stark does some soul searching in Iron Man 3
May 3, 2013 by Chad Bonham Leave a Comment
As the new summer blockbuster Iron Man 3 opens, billionaire industrialist Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) has just about everything he could ever need. “I build neat stuff, I’ve got a great girl and, occasionally, save the world,” he observes. But when he nearly loses it all (most notably his high-tech collection of armoured suits) to the Mandarin (Ben Kingsley), a mysterious … [Read more...]
As one of four hockey-playing brothers, Eric Staal is stickhandling his way through the NHL.
May 2, 2013 by Jayne Thurber-Smith 1 Comment
Eric Staal is living the Canadian dream. He has everything that really matters: a loving wife, two young sons, supportive parents and siblings. On top of that, he gets paid to play hockey for a living. In 2003, the 18-year-old was selected second overall in the NHL Entry Draft by the Carolina Hurricanes, and in 2009 he re-signed with them for another seven years. Eric led his team in points … [Read more...]
Oil-rig specialist James McIntyre’s addictions almost consumed him. Would he ever find peace?
April 25, 2013 by Ken Ramstead Leave a Comment
“I’d always known God was watching over me, but I refused to acknowledge Him,” says James McIntyre. “I had it all, but I was messed up. I had to hit rock-bottom before I let Him into my life.” Escape to Alberta Born in Kingston, Ont., James grew up on the wrong side of town. Most of his friends had either served a stint in one of the city’s prisons or had family serving … [Read more...]
Rita MacNeil overcame adversity and hardship to become one of Canada’s most beloved singers.
April 17, 2013 by Paul Weigel 1 Comment
To mark the untimely passing of Rita MacNeil this week, Faith & Friends is reprinting the cover story we published on her in February 2004, written by Paul Weigel: When Rita MacNeil was 12 years old, making music was a dream. Exceedingly shy and born with a cleft palate, the odds seemed stacked against her. Growing up in the backwater town of Big Pond, Nova Scotia, didn’t help either. But … [Read more...]
Over a decade after being diagnosed with retinoblastoma—cancer of the eyes—Rhianna Martin is still overcoming obstacles
April 11, 2013 Leave a Comment
Five years ago, Faith & Friends profiled Rhianna Martin. The young 11-year-old was diagnosed with retinoblastoma—cancer of the eyes—when she was four and lost her sight a year later. But Rhianna did not let blindness get in the way of her life. An award-winning student, she wrote poetry, rock-climbed and even learned how to bike. “At one point, it seemed like our world was crashing … [Read more...]
As a member of The Salvation Army and Miss Bermuda, Rochelle Minors is determined to show the world the wonders of her island
April 4, 2013 by Ken Ramstead Leave a Comment
The big night had arrived. The finals of the Miss Bermuda Pageant were being held at the Fairmont Southampton Princess hotel in Southampton Parish. It was a balmy island evening but Rochelle Minors was hardly aware of her surroundings. Though only 22, Rochelle was a veteran of other beauty pageants, not to mention numerous fashion runways, so she should have been used to all of the pre-show … [Read more...]
NFL quarterback Kurt Warner hosts a new reality show that gives contestants a second chance to live their dreams.
March 28, 2013 by Ken Ramstead Leave a Comment
Do you look back on your life with regret? Do you wonder how things might have turned out if you had taken another path? Are there any unfulfilled aspirations you wish you had acted on? Do-overs rarely happen in life, but what would you do with a second chance? That’s the premise behind The Moment, an intriguing new reality show premiering next month and hosted by former NFL quarterback … [Read more...]
A barely remembered childhood dream was the key to one woman’s salvation.
March 21, 2013 by Ken Ramstead Leave a Comment
As Professor Debora Herb-Sepich stands at the lectern in front of her marketing and management students at George Fox University in Newberg, Oregon, a necklace glints in the classroom light. The jewelry portrays a carefree girl on a swing. For Debora, that necklace represents a past—and a promise—that has come full circle. A Dream Born and raised in Oregon, Debora was the oldest of nine … [Read more...]