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THE I KNOW LONELY PROJECT HARNESSES THE POWER OF STORIES, CULTIVATES EMPATHY & UNDERSTANDING, INSPIRES MEANINGFUL CONNECTIONS, AND HELPS PEOPLE FEEL LESS LONELY.

I KNOW LONELY PROJECT

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Weaving its way through our stories, loneliness is a shared human experience. These experiences form the narratives we share. And listening to the stories of others forms connection. Neuroscience has found that our brains are shaped by stories. Stories move us toward empathy. Stories connect us together. 

Stories remind us that we are not as alone as we may feel.

September

October

December

NOVEMBER

January

February

March

April

May

MEET our storytellers

Kealani Yamamoto

Mario Gonzalez

Vik Chopra

Mac & Hailey Potts

Danny Rigsby

Mariah Paz

Ethan Wall

Izzy Boring

Lyndsey Sprinkle

VIK CHOPRA

My name is Vik! I am a gay and formerly incarcerated film-maker. I believe that connection is essential for grounding into our true, authentic selves. There was a time in the not so distant past that I almost lost my life to addiction. But today, my life is a blessing, as I am deeply connected with some of the most amazing people who inspire me and make me...me!

story Themes:

Drinking, drugs, addiction, homelessness, illegal acts, suicide

view vik's story

Mario Gonzalez

Meet Mario Gonzalez. He is a creative who loves photography, filmmaking, and documenting people and stories. Losing one of his parents at 13 years old deeply impacted his life, but he has learned the importance of seeking out community and mentorship. Now as a first generation high school graduate and a senior in college, Mario reflects on the decisions— and more importantly, the people— that shaped him into who he is today.

story Themes:

Drugs, alcohol, grief, loss of parent, anxiety, depression, mentorship

view mario's story

KEA YAMAMOTO

Meet Kealani Yamamoto. Kea’s story shares about her experience being diagnosed with bipolar disorder as a young teenager and learning to thrive on the other side of her diagnosis. She was a superstar athlete and runner in high school and college. Now she runs a small business, where she shares her love for the outdoors and art through custom jewelry pieces.

story Themes:

Bipolar disorder, friendship, in-patient treatment

view kea's story

MAC & HAILEY POTTS

We are Mac and Hailey Potts! We both grew up as musicians and music connected us. We ended up getting married and now we both do music full time. Mac is a blind recording artist and Hailey is a music teacher. We started a family with two kids (and one on the way), but we still love to connect with each other and others through music!

story Themes:

Physical disability, fitting in, interests and hobbies

Danny Rigsby

My name is Danny. Ever since I was a little kid, I have played basketball and I currently play basketball in college. From the outside, I sometimes looked like I had it all together, but there have been plenty of times I felt lonely. Everyone at times is lonely. But you have to reach out to people you trust and they will give you support. Life is a marathon and you have to keep on running until the end.

story Themes:

Adoption, Race, Racism, Injuries, Suicide, Making someone proud

Mariah Paz

I am Mariah! I am a high school junior and used to be a mean girl. Since then, I have learned to see people for who they really are and build relationships with them. I have experienced some difficult times in my life, but finding connection with others has helped me through those hard times. I love wrestling for school. And I enjoy connecting with my community while working at my Aunt’s coffee shop! 

story Themes:

Bullying, suicide, abuse, fitting in, runaway

Ethan wall

Hey! My name is Ethan! I love to play music and sports. I’m currently pursuing a college degree in music. I have learned to not judge a book by its cover and to connect with people that are outside my normal friendship circles. Every single person matters and has a purpose!

story Themes:

Loneliness, isolation, physical health challenges, mental health challenges, depression

Izzy Boring

Hello! I’m Izzy! I am a recent high school graduate and basketball player. A hard piece of my story has been losing my boyfriend to suicide during my senior year, but through that I have learned to connect with people supporting me. I have learned that it is okay to not be okay and it is okay to be vulnerable! 

story Themes:

Loneliness, suicide, mental health, religion, faith, cancer, incarceration, grief

LYNDSEY SPRINKLE

Hey! I am Lyndsey. I am a recovery addict and ex-convict. I have gone from a life of active addiction, a prison sense, ego and pride to a life of recovery, redemption, and a fulfilling career. I enjoy traveling throughout the states and sharing my experience, strength and hope to show individuals anything is possible if you reach out and connect with those around you. 

story Themes:

Loneliness, physical injury, isolation, drugs and substance abuse, incarceration, recovery

September

October

December

November

January

February

march

april

may

MEET our storytellers

Meet Mac and Hailey Potts. Mac & Hailey Potts grew up as musicians and music connected them. They ended up getting married and now they both do music full time. Mac is a blind recording artist and Hailey is a music teacher. While they have started a family and now have three kids, they still love to connect with each other
and others through music!

december's story:

mac & Hailey Potts

story Themes:

Physical disability, fitting in, interests and hobbies

Kealani Yamamoto

Mario Gonzalez

Vik Chopra

Mac & Hailey Potts

Danny Rigsby

Mariah Paz

Ethan Wall

Izzy Boring

Lyndsey Sprinkle

view their  story

KEA YAMAMOTO

Meet Kealani Yamamoto. Kea’s story shares about her experience being diagnosed with bipolar disorder as a young teenager and learning to thrive on the other side of her diagnosis. She was a superstar athlete and runner in high school and college. Now she runs a small business, where she shares her love for the outdoors and art through custom jewelry pieces.


story Themes:

Bipolar disorder, friendship, in-patient treatment

Kealani Yamamoto

Mario Gonzalez

Vik Chopra

Mac & Hailey Potts

Danny Rigsby

Mariah Paz

Ethan Wall

Izzy Boring

Lyndsey Sprinkle

Mario Gonzalez

Meet Mario Gonzalez. He is a creative who loves photography, filmmaking, and documenting people and stories. Losing one of his parents at 13 years old deeply impacted his life, but he has learned the importance of seeking out community and mentorship. Now as a first generation high school graduate and a senior in college, Mario reflects on the decisions— and more importantly, the people— that shaped him into who he is today.

story Themes:

Drugs, alcohol, grief, loss of parent, anxiety, depression, mentorship

Kealani Yamamoto

Mario Gonzalez

Vik Chopra

Mac & Hailey Potts

Danny Rigsby

Mariah Paz

Ethan Wall

Izzy Boring

Lyndsey Sprinkle

MAC & HAILEY POTTS

Meet Mac and Hailey Potts. Mac & Hailey Potts grew up as musicians and music connected them. They ended up getting married and now they both do music full time. Mac is a blind recording artist and Hailey is a music teacher. While they have started a family and now have three kids, they still love to connect with each other and others through music!

story Themes:

Physical disability, fitting in, interests and hobbies

Kealani Yamamoto

Mario Gonzalez

Vik Chopra

Mac & Hailey Potts

Danny Rigsby

Mariah Paz

Ethan Wall

Izzy Boring

Lyndsey Sprinkle

VIK CHOPRA

My name is Vik! I am a gay and formerly incarcerated film-maker. I believe that connection is essential for grounding into our true, authentic selves. There was a time in the not so distant past that I almost lost my life to addiction. But today, my life is a blessing, as I am deeply connected with some of the most amazing people who inspire me and make me...me!

story Themes:

Drugs and addiction, homelessness, crime & illegal acts, incarceration

Kealani Yamamoto

Mario Gonzalez

Vik Chopra

Mac & Hailey Potts

Danny Rigsby

Mariah Paz

Ethan Wall

Izzy Boring

Lyndsey Sprinkle

Danny Rigsby

My name is Danny Rigsby. Ever since I was a little kid, I have played basketball and I currently play basketball in college. From the outside, I sometimes looked like I had it all together, but there have been plenty of times I felt lonely. Everyone at times is lonely. But you have to reach out to people you trust and they will give you support. Life is a marathon and you have to keep on running until the end.

story Themes:

Adoption, Race, Racism, Injuries, Suicide, Making someone proud

Kealani Yamamoto

Mario Gonzalez

Vik Chopra

Mac & Hailey Potts

Danny Rigsby

Mariah Paz

Ethan Wall

Izzy Boring

Lyndsey Sprinkle

Mariah Paz

I am Mariah! I am a high school junior and used to be a mean girl. Since then, I have learned to see people for who they really are and build relationships with them. I have experienced some difficult times in my life, but finding connection with others has helped me through those hard times. I love wrestling for school. And I enjoy connecting with my community while working at my Aunt’s coffee shop! 

story Themes:

Bullying, suicide, abuse, fitting in, runaway

Kealani Yamamoto

Mario Gonzalez

Vik Chopra

Mac & Hailey Potts

Danny Rigsby

Mariah Paz

Ethan Wall

Izzy Boring

Lyndsey Sprinkle

Ethan wall

Hey! My name is Ethan! I love to play music and sports. I’m currently pursuing a college degree in music. I have learned to not judge a book by its cover and to connect with people that are outside my normal friendship circles. Every single person matters and has a purpose!

story Themes:

Loneliness, isolation, physical health challenges, mental health challenges, depression

Kealani Yamamoto

Mario Gonzalez

Vik Chopra

Mac & Hailey Potts

Danny Rigsby

Mariah Paz

Ethan Wall

Izzy Boring

Lyndsey Sprinkle

Izzy Boring

Hello! I’m Izzy! I am a recent high school graduate and basketball player. A hard piece of my story has been losing my boyfriend to suicide during my senior year, but through that I have learned to connect with people supporting me. I have learned that it is okay to not be okay and it is okay to be vulnerable! 

story Themes:

Loneliness, suicide, mental health, religion, faith, cancer, incarceration, grief

Kealani Yamamoto

Mario Gonzalez

Vik Chopra

Mac & Hailey Potts

Danny Rigsby

Mariah Paz

Ethan Wall

Izzy Boring

Lyndsey Sprinkle

LYNDSEY SPRINKLE

Hey! I am Lyndsey. I am a recovery addict and ex-convict. I have gone from a life of active addiction, a prison sense, ego and pride to a life of recovery, redemption, and a fulfilling career. I enjoy traveling throughout the states and sharing my experience, strength and hope to show individuals anything is possible if you reach out and connect with those around you. 

story Themes:

Loneliness, physical injury, isolation, drugs and substance abuse, incarceration, recovery

Kealani Yamamoto

Mario Gonzalez

Vik Chopra

Mac & Hailey Potts

Danny Rigsby

Mariah Paz

Ethan Wall

Izzy Boring

Lyndsey Sprinkle

As part of the I Know Lonely Project, we release a monthly podcast featuring a candid conversation with each storyteller along with a bonus episode from a special guest. Hosted by executive director, Luke Wall.

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Meet Vik Chopra, our third storyteller for the I KNOW LONELY Project. Vik shares his journey with addiction that led to the loneliest and darkest place of his life. He recounts how his story begins as a straight-A student in high school to experiencing a successful career in his early twenties and then eventually becoming someone he couldn’t recognize in the mirror. Being trapped in a cycle of opioid and meth addition eventually led to crime as a way of survival. When Vik was arrested and charged with 26 felonies, he decided this was a chance to change how his story ends.

Vik’s Story: I Know Lonely Project

November 1, 2022

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“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.”

Hailey’s Story: embracing the hard parts of your story and finding your voice

December 1, 2022

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We know it takes courage to share about the life experiences you've walked through, especially the ones that are marked with difficulty and loneliness. Thank you for trusting us with your story. It matters, because you matter.

Thank you for bravely sharing your story with us.

Throughout each of our lives, we have all experienced trials, heartbreak, success and victories. One of the most powerful tools we posses is the ability to connect with others by sharing our experiences. We believe every person has a story that is worthy of being told. So here's your chance- what's your story?

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