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· On March 1, 1978 - survived a fiery DC-10 plane crash that transformed her life in seconds and inspired her to testify to change airline safety regulations.
· On March 1, 2002 - was diagnosed with Stage III Melanoma and today is cancer free.
· On March 1, 2006 - triumphed over unexpected open heart surgery to replace a faulty aortic valve.
During these life-threatening –and life-changing- events Donna experienced other types of hardships and setbacks that threatened to stop her in her tracks. When her goal of being an Olympic skier racer was cut short, because of her health, she bounced back by becoming a surfer. She has been suicidal, broke, and has raised a daughter on her own, overcoming these challenges with her relentless energy and unbreakable spirit. Faced with unsurmountable odds and with the tools gained from a master teacher she met at a crucial point in her life, she learned to be persistent during challenging times and evolve from ordinary to extraordinary. From these experiences Donna was inspired to help others, and developed Fire Up Your Life! a transformative presentation about how to triumph over trials and conquer change. She delivers an inspirational message with a twist of drama and humor. You will laugh, cry, and become energized to ignite your Firepower! Her style is entertaining, memorable, and impactful.
Donna has been an organizer for the Special Olympics Winter Games in Northern California: fundraiser for Think Kindness, an organization to empower the youth: a supporter and participant in the Relay for Life Cancer Charity Walk Events, and an advocate for the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women Campaign.
A former Miss Hawaii and television actress, Donna Hartley has shared her compelling story on NBC, ABC, PBS, and in The New York Times. A sought-after expert on surviving challenges and developing heart centered leadership. Donna is a member of the National Speakers Association, Screen Actors Guild and the owner of Hartley International. In addition, she is the author of Fire Up Your Life!, Fire Up Your Intuition!, Fire Up Your Healing! and the Healing Meditation CD and accompanying Insights workbook and has published six stories in the Chocolate for a Women's Soul series and two stories in the Chicken Soup series.
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