May 1, 2023
Lyndsey Sprinkle introduces herself as “an addict in long-term recovery.” She grew up in the Puget Sound area and came from a well-off family. When she was 15 years old, her boyfriend’s sister who was driving hit black ice on the pass between Wenatchee and Seattle. The vehicle went off the road, rolled into the river, and smashed into a tree. “They had to cut me out of the car with the jaws of life. I was in a coma and on life support and they airlifted me to Wenatchee Valley.”
Meet Izzy Boring. Between the incarceration of her father and her mom’s journey raising 5 kids while battling cancer, Izzy was no stranger to suffering growing up. In freshman year, Izzy met her boyfriend Cade. As they started dating, they began to plan a life together- the dream was to go to the same college, play basketball together, and eventually get married. But all those plans suddenly shattered when Izzy lost Cade to suicide during their senior year of high school. Although Izzy’s story is one she would have never chosen for herself, she knew she wanted to use her story and her voice to bring hope to other people by reminding them that they aren’t alone and life is worth sticking around for.
Izzy Boring was born in a small town north of Spokane, Washington. Izzy began playing basketball when she was four years old – in part because she was the only girl in a family of four brothers. Life took a turn for Izzy, when as an eight year old, Izzy’s father was sentenced to six years in prison for theft.
Growing up in a town of 500 people, Ethan experienced a tight-knit family and community. In his words, his no-stoplight town, Pateros, WA, “revolved around sports.” “My basketball team was like one of the things that brought a lot of people together, because we were pretty dang good.” In Ethan’s freshman year of high school, […]
Meet Ethan Wall. If you’ve been around the Only7Seconds world in the past few years, chances are you’ve probably heard a bit of Ethan’s story. But in this episode, Ethan shares about the experience that led to inspire his mom, Kristin Wall to start Only7Seconds. He reflects on what he’s learned about friendships, the importance of asking for help, and navigating differences in friendships.
n her early years as a middle and high schooler, Mariah describes herself as a mean girl. Having the upper-hand gave her the sense of security she desperately needed, but often left her disconnected and unsatisfied with her relationships and connections. As she shares her story, she shares how she learned the importance of being open-minded towards others, because you may never know what is going on their lives.
From experiencing racism, to having a major sports injury, losing a close friend to suicide, and then having covid end his freshman year of basketball at his dream college, Danny Rigsby shares how he’s learned to overcome the adversity life has faced him with so far.
Born and raised in Kalama, WA, thirty mins north of Vancouver, WA, Mac grew up in a busy family. “We did everything in Vancouver, everything. My dad worked in Vancouver. All my siblings went to school in Vancouver. I went to school in Vancouver. I went to a blindschool. We did extra extracurricular activities in […]
“I wish somebody had told me that it’s okay to almost give up, because I think I would’ve realized in that moment that I’m almost giving up right now and it’s okay. I can almost give up and I can start fresh.”
Meet Mac & Hailey Potts, our double storytellers this month for the I KNOW LONELY Project. Born totally blind, Mac discovered his love for music as a young child. While music quickly became a big part of his life, he shares that he often felt like a kid who struggled to find a place of belonging. But when he discovered he could just be authentically himself, he also discovered music could be used as a tool for connection. That connection with music is how he met Hailey, his now wife.