The Theresa Sareo Story
Theresa Sareo, singer/songwriter/trauma survivor, has a powerful story to tell; one that affirms the saving power of following your dreams. After surviving a horrible accident on a Manhattan street corner that claimed the loss of her entire right leg, Theresa’s courageous dedication to her recovery has inspired the amazing journey of her life and career.
She has since become an in-demand motivational performer for audiences throughout the entertainment, medical, corporate, educational, political, faith-based and military communities. Theresa was recently featured on NBC’s Today with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb, click here to view, CNN’s Larry King Live, in New York Magazine, appeared on NBC’s Law and Order, and was the keynote speaker on healthcare issues with NY Senator Charles Schumer and Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.
By sharing her personal story through her music, Theresa aims to teach, heal and inspire awareness regarding the physical and psychological effects of trauma, and how to navigate through personal life challenges. She proudly made history in becoming the first civilian performer to sing the National Anthem at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington D.C., and also the first to perform at the U.S. Army’s Warrior Transition Units; European Command, through their Department of Ministries, making her a popular trauma-survivor advocate and supporter of wounded military world-wide. She has visited and performed at VA Hospitals and Army Bases throughout the country including the Brooklyn and Manhattan VAs, James A. Haley VA in Tampa, Tennesse Valley VA, Hudson Valley VA, and at Forts Bragg, Lee, Eustice, Gordon, Drum, Monmouth, Hamilton, MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa, FL and the Fighting 69th Regiment in Manhattan. She continues and on-going partnering with Supporting America’s Finest, Inc. and will headline their third Military Appreciation Concert in Tampa, FL on February 8, 2014.
Theresa’s documentary film “Theresa Sareo: Alive Again,” directed by first-time film maker, Rye Joseph, and produced by Ms. Sareo, Evan Ginzburg (associate producer of “The Wrestler” with Mickey Rourke) and Rye Joseph, chronicles her survival of the life-threatening accident in Midtown Manhattan on June 11, 2002. This moving and inspiring film offers an up-close and personal look into her physical and emotional recovery and how it affected her life and music career. The movie has won Best Documentary: Audience Choice at the 2012 Gasparilla Film Festival in Tampa and Best Director of a Documentary at the NY International Film Festival—Los Angeles Edition. It was nominated for Best Documentary at the 2012 Reel Independent Film Extravaganza in Washington, D.C.
Theresa was also awarded the Friends of the United Nations’ 2012 Human Rights Award for Courage and Leadership for Empowering and Enabling the Disabled in New York City.