Meet 8 People Who Got A Second Chance

What did they do with them?

They say everyone deserves one. Each of the people featured on the following pages has suffered in some way. Each has had a change of fortune. And each, whether due to prayer, perseverance, medicine, luck, or a simple twist of fate, has learned, grown, and emerged stronger. What are they doing with their second chances? 

A Second Chance At…Health

When doctors gave Bailey O’Brien a terminal cancer prognosis, the high school athlete and her family refused to accept her death sentence.


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A Second Chance At…Freedom

Reverend Nathaniel T. Grady Sr. spent a decade behind bars before his conviction on child molestation was overturned. At 78, he’s still trying to make up for lost time—in the pulpit.


A Second Chance At…Sobriety

With the tough love of his family and his own steely determination, Robert Anderson transformed his out-of-control life as an addict. Now, as head of a Westchester counseling center, he helps others do the same.

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A Second Chance At…Motherhood

In the early 1960s, Carolyn Ressler (née Smith) was an 18-year-old unwed mother who was forced to give up her son for adoption. After 35 years of wishing, wondering, and longing, she found him.


A Second Chance At…Redemption

Actor Lillo Brancato made a name for himself early on playing a tough-talking teen with a heart in A Bronx Tale, and a wiseguy thug in The Sopranos. After serving hard time for a real-life crime, he’s hoping to redeem himself—and to make his family proud. 


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A Second Chance At…Life

Glenn Vogt was delayed getting to a meeting on 9/11, and that twist of fate saved his life. 


A Second Chance At…Love

How a stolen car and a dinner party helped bring an unlikely couple back together after 13 years


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