Growing Bolder, WKMG Local 6, MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlando Team Up for ‘Surviving & Thriving’

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'Surviving & Thriving,' a new show that tells the stories of those who overcome cancer, health scares, trauma and adversity, debuts Dec. 21 on WKMG Local 6.

It's unlike anything else on TV. It's real people fighting real battles and achieving real success.

Three Central Florida companies are partnering to launch “Surviving & Thriving,” a new television show that tells the stories of those who not only survive life’s most serious setbacks but actually thrive in the aftermath.

“Surviving & Thriving” is produced by Bolder Broadcasting, the team behind the nationally syndicated “Growing Bolder,” with support from WKMG Local 6 and MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlando.

“It’s unlike anything else on TV,” says Marc Middleton CEO of Bolder Broadcasting and Executive Producer of “Surviving & Thriving.” “It’s an upbeat, entertaining program with a message of hope, inspiration and possibility. It’s real people fighting real battles and achieving real success.”

WKMG Local 6 will air a “Surviving & Thriving” special each quarter for the next year. The first 60-minute episode airs in prime time on Friday, Dec. 21 at 9 p.m. Wendy Chioji, a longtime Central Florida anchor and breast cancer survivor who recently completed the Ironman World Championship triathlon in Kona, Hawaii, is a show host along with WKMG Local 6 anchors Lauren Rowe and Gaard Swanson. Middleton and Bill Shafer, Executive Vice President of Bolder Broadcasting, will be contributing correspondents.

“This is the kind of compelling local programming that we’re passionate about bringing to Central Florida viewers,” says WKMG Local 6 General Manager Skip Valet. “The storytelling is powerful and the message will inspire and empower our viewers.”

“Surviving & Thriving” features stories on men, women and children who are survivors of cancer, cardiac disease, traumatic head injury, drug addiction, loss of a spouse, paralysis and more.

“Nearly every family in our community has been touched by cancer or another type of health challenge,” says Mark Roh, M.D., president of MD Anderson - Orlando. “It’s important that they know they are not alone in this fight and that there is reason for great optimism as they fight their disease and as they embark on life as a survivor. This new show delivers that message loud and clear.”

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About Bolder Broadcasting Inc.
Bolder Broadcasting is among the world leaders in active lifestyle content creation and delivery across multiple platforms. Its products include the “Growing Bolder” TV show, which is currently in its third national season and airs on more than 590 public television stations; the “Growing Bolder” radio show, presented by 90.7 WMFE-FM; the “Surviving & Thriving” TV show, currently airing on WKMG Local 6; Growing Bolder Magazine and a network of community websites, anchored by

About WKMG Local 6
WKMG Local 6 is one of the foremost television stations in the Central Florida area. Serving nine counties, WKMG Local 6 provides award-winning daily-newscasts, in-depth investigations, local entertainment and network programming to the community. Local 6 has received numerous accolades for their work including the prestigious Edward R. Murrow Award and multiple Emmy and Associated Press awards. The station signed on-air in July 1954 making it Central Florida’s first television station. Owned by Post-Newsweek Stations, Inc., a division of the Washington Post Company, WKMG Local 6 is Central Florida’s source for CBS. Local 6 serves the public through the Good Neighbor 6 community outreach program, bringing important, life-saving information to Central Floridians through special events and programming. Additionally, Local 6 exclusively broadcasts RetroTV, which brings viewers all their favorite television classics. Visit for continuous updates on local news, weather & sports.

MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlando
MD Anderson Cancer Center Orlando, part of Orlando Health, is affiliated with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston. U.S. News & World Report recently ranked MD Anderson Cancer Center as the top cancer treatment center in the U.S. and has ranked it as one of the top two cancer centers for the past 13 years. Orlando Health, a 1,983-bed community-owned, Florida not-for-profit organization established in 1918, annually serves nearly 2 million Central Florida residents and more than 4,500 international patients. More information is available at

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