Mutual Rescue™

About Mutual Rescue™

About Carol Novello


Byline BIO: Carol Novello is Founder of Mutual Rescue, a national initiative that highlights the life-changing power of human-animal relationships. The initiative’s first short film, “Eric & Peety,” went viral around the world with nearly 100 million views, prompting an influx of submissions to be considered for inclusion in the ongoing Mutual Rescue film series. For more information, visit www.MutualRescue.org.

Broadcast BIO: Carol Novello heads up a unique initiative called Mutual Rescue and they’re showing the world the impact animals can have on human lives. Carol, what was the inspiration behind creating Mutual Rescue?

Full BIO: Carol Novello is Founder of Mutual Rescue, a national initiative that highlights the life-changing power of human-animal relationships. The initiative’s first short film, “Eric & Peety,” went viral around the world with almost 100 million views, prompting an influx of submissions to be considered for inclusion in the ongoing Mutual Rescue film series. A former senior software executive at Intuit, Carol earned her MBA from Harvard Business School and is proud to include three rescue animals in her family: a German Shepherd dog named Tess and two cats, Langley and Bodie. For more information, visit www.MutualRescue.org.

About Eric O’Grey


Byline BIO: Eric O’Grey went from 320 pounds down to 180 pounds thanks to the love of a dog named Peety who inspired him to exercise and make dietary changes. In 2010, Eric’s doctor told him he would likely die within the next five years if he didn’t lose weight. A nutritionist recommended he adopt a shelter dog and walk 30 minutes each day and set him on the right eating path. Eric adopted Peety and both of their lives were forever changed, as documented in the Mutual Rescue film “Eric & Peety,” an Internet sensation with nearly 100 million views. For more information, visit www.MutualRescue.org.

Broadcast BIO: Mutual Rescue is an initiative that is helping to highlight the life-changing power of human-animal relationships. One such relationship is that of Eric and Peety. Our guest today is Eric O’Grey, a man who went from 320 pounds to 180 pounds through the love of a shelter dog. Eric, how did you come to meet Peety?

Full BIO: Eric O’Grey went from 320 pounds down 180 pounds thanks to the love of a dog named Peety who inspired him to exercise and make dietary changes. In 2010, Eric’s doctor told him he would likely die within the next five years if he didn’t lose weight. The last straw came when his flight was delayed because the airline didn’t have an extra seatbelt extension to fit him. The man sitting beside him in the terminal commented that he had to miss his flight because Eric was too fat. Eric decided to contact a nutritionist to help him lose weight. Her first recommendation was to head to the shelter to adopt a dog and start walking 30 minutes every day. Eric adopted Peety and both of their lives were forever changed, as documented in the Mutual Rescue film “Eric & Peety,” an Internet sensation with nearly 100 million views. For more information, visit www.MutualRescue.org.

About Robin Myers


Byline BIO: Robin Myers is the mother of Kylie Myers, the brave girl featured in the Mutual Rescue™ film, “Kylie & Liza.” The film tells the story of Kylie’s battle with childhood cancer. Adopting a young kitten in need of a home brought comfort to Kylie and her family. Since Kylie passed, Robin and her husband Mark have been working to call attention to these two underfunded causes that are near and dear to their hearts: childhood cancer and animal welfare. They are providing a voice to the voiceless—children and animals—in Kylie’s memory. For more information, visit www.MutualRescue.org.

Broadcast BIO: Our guest today is Robin Myers, a mother who is honoring the life of her daughter Kylie by championing the causes of finding a cure for childhood cancer and ending animal homelessness. Welcome to the program, Robin.

Full BIO: Robin Myers is the mother of Kylie Myers, the brave girl featured in the Mutual Rescue™ film, “Kylie & Liza.” The film tells the story of Kylie’s battle with childhood cancer. Adopting a young kitten in need of a home brought comfort to Kylie and her family, even on the toughest days. When Kylie passed, Liza the kitty provided an ongoing source of support and love to loved ones left behind. Now, Robin and her husband Mark are working to call attention to two these two underfunded causes that are near and dear to their hearts: childhood cancer and animal welfare. Cancer is the number one cause of childhood death by disease. 1 in 285 children in the United States will be diagnosed with cancer by the age of 20. The National Cancer Institute has an annual budget of approximately $4.9 billion, yet childhood cancer receives only 4% of that amount. 2.7 million homeless animals are euthanized in the U.S. every year. Less than 2% of the approximately $380 billion given annually to charity in the U.S. goes to animal-related causes. Robin and Mark Myers are providing a voice to the voiceless — children and animals — in Kylie’s memory. For more information, visit www.MutualRescue.org.

About Tracy Campion


Byline BIO: When Tracy Campion experienced a life-altering fall from horseback in 2013, it turned her world upside down. Going through that painful injury and long recovery inspired Tracy to adopt a special needs shelter dog, lab mix Jack. The two are featured in the moving Mutual Rescue™ film, “Tracy & Jack,” which tells the story of how they helped each other heal. For more information, visit www.MutualRescue.org.

Broadcast BIO: Many of us have a soft spot in our hearts for rescue animals. Our guest today, Tracy Campion, adopted a special needs rescue dog at a low point in her life when she was recovering from a life-altering fall from horseback. Tracy, tell us a little bit about life before Jack and how he helped change things.

Full BIO: When Tracy Campion experienced a life-altering fall from horseback in 2013, it turned her world upside down. Her recovery was long and arduous and she spent months confined to a wheelchair. Going through that painful injury and long recovery inspired Tracy to adopt a special needs shelter dog. Lab mix Jack had been hit by a car, losing a front leg and an eye and barely escaping with his life. When Tracy saw Jack at the shelter, she knew he was the dog for her. Together, they have both regained their confidence and health, walking and even running together and sharing their joy with those they encounter. The two are featured in the moving Mutual Rescue™ film, “Tracy & Jack,” which tells the story of how they helped each other heal. For more information, visit www.MutualRescue.org.

About Josh Marino


Byline BIO: Purple Heart military veteran Josh Marino was wounded in battle in Iraq during his time in active duty and developed extreme anxiety, depression and PTSD. Suffering in silence from these “invisible wounds,” Josh reached the point where he had decided to end his life. That’s when a small mew from the bushes outside his barracks changed everything. Josh and the kitten he named Scout are featured in a new film, “Josh & Scout” from animal-welfare initiative Mutual Rescue™. For more information, visit www.MutualRescue.org.

Broadcast BIO: Long after the battle is over, PTSD is the silent killer of our soldiers. Our guest today is Purple Heart veteran Josh Marino, whose PTSD, anxiety and depression became overwhelming after he was wounded in Iraq. He is featured in a new film, “Josh & Scout,” from animal-welfare initiative Mutual Rescue. Josh, how did Scout the cat impact your life when your PTSD made you most vulnerable?

Full BIO: Josh Marino is a decorated military veteran, having earned multiple commendations, medals and awards during his 8+ years of active duty, including the Army Achievement Medal, the Combat Action Badge, the Army Commendation Medal, several Good Conduct Medals and a Purple Heart. Josh was wounded in battle in Iraq when an explosive detonated within feet of him. Multiple concussions sustained from the attack led to constant headaches and he developed extreme anxiety, depression and PTSD. Suffering in silence from these “invisible wounds,” Josh reached the point where he had decided to end his life. That’s when a small meow from the bushes outside his barracks changed everything. Josh named the kitten Scout, and the two are featured in a new film, “Josh & Scout” from animal-welfare initiative Mutual Rescue™. For more information, visit www.MutualRescue.org.

About Jessi Burns


Byline BIO: Jessi Burns and her boyfriend were in love and actively planning their future together. When he took his own life, it sent her reeling into self-doubt, isolation and anxiety. Adopting 8-month-old shelter dog Andi helped Jessi reconnect to life again. For more information, visit www.MutualRescue.org.

Broadcast BIO: Our guest today is Jessi Burns, a young woman who lived through the pain and isolation of her boyfriend’s suicide thanks to the playful energy and unconditional love of a shelter dog named Andi. Their story is featured in the new film “Jessi & Andi” from national animal-welfare initiative Mutual Rescue™. Jessi, what first drew you to consider bringing Andi into your life?

Full BIO: Jessi Burns and her boyfriend were in love and actively planning their future together. When he took his own life, it sent her reeling into self-doubt, isolation and anxiety. She didn’t know how she could recover from this heartbreak. That’s when she found a photo of 8-month-old shelter dog Andi online. Andi’s sad brown eyes spoke to Jessi and she knew this was the dog for her. Thanks to Andi’s playful spirit and unconditional love, Jessi slowly became more active and began to reconnect to life again. Now, the two go on regular hikes in the beautiful Rocky Mountains in Colorado. They enjoy meeting new people and relish in the new life they’ve created together. For more information, visit www.MutualRescue.org.
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