Guest post by Melissa Andersen, CousinsTV
When life hands you lemons, make lemonade… or in the case of Johnny Volpe, chicken cordon bleu. The now 11-year-old did not let his cancer diagnosis define him. Rather, Johnny redefined what it means to be a cancer survivor by turning his misfortune into something truly spectacular, as you’ll see on this Sunday’s new episode of Cousins Undercover.
“Johnny is the perfect example of how positivity helps you overcome some of the hardest challenges in life…and now that he has overcome his cancer, at just 11 years old, he shares his positivity with others in the same situation he was in to try and help them through. He is a pretty remarkable kid.” – Anthony Carrino
Since his diagnosis, Johnny and his family have worked tirelessly to raise awareness and funds for pediatric cancer charities and cancer research, and have participated in over 20 fundraising events this year alone. But as a budding young chef, Johnny’s favorite way to raise awareness for his cause is through his love of cooking for others, and his dishes serve up much more than just inspired cuisine.
During Johnny’s two-year battle with cancer, all of the Volpe family’s time, energy, and money were spent helping him beat his cancer into remission – the battle of a lifetime won by a fighter barely out of his first decade. In the process, their house was neglected and no longer reflected physically the love and warmth that defines the Volpe family. This chef-in-training, with an appetite for giving back, needed a place to hone his skills and perfect his specialty – chicken cordon bleu. After years of giving, it’s finally his time to receive.
“Even though Johnny Volpe is only 11 years old, he inspires children and adults of all ages by showing them that a disease like cancer can be overcome with the support of family and the faith in yourself to succeed.” – John Colaneri
This Sunday on an all-new episode of Cousins Undercover, Anthony and John – with the help of over 70 volunteers, all of whom have been touched in some way by the Volpes – give Johnny and his family the home of their dreams (including a true chef’s kitchen for Johnny and a dedicated workspace where his mom can organize their fundraising efforts)… all in just three days. A renovation of this magnitude on that kind of deadline is a massive undertaking, but as you’ll hear the volunteers on Sunday’s episode tell you, this is but a small dent in repaying a young man and his family who have already done more for their community than could ever possibly be repaid.
Want to chat with John and Anthony about the show and hear their thoughts on Johnny and the Volpe family? Join our live Twitter chat during the episode @CousinsTV, @CarrinoAnthony, and @ColaneriJohn with the #CousinsUndercover hashtag. New episodes of Cousins Undercover air Sunday nights at 8/7c on HGTV.
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