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The CURE for the Chronic Life

Overcoming the Hopelessness That Holds You Back

Deanna Favre and Shane Stanford were both raised in small towns in Southern Mississippi where they first met several years ago.  Aside from sharing a distinct Southern drawl, they both share a deep faith in God and experience with life-threatening illness.  They have combined their strengths and stories to craft The CURE for the Chronic Life a new book that encourages readers to live beyond their chronic hopelessness and experience joyful living.

DEANNA FAVRE is an American activist and New York Times bestselling author of Don’t Bet Against Me: Beating the Odds Against Breast Cancer and in Life. She is also the wife of Minnesota Vikings quarterback and NFL legend Brett Favre.

Deanna, with her husband Brett, founded the The Brett Favre 4Ward Foundation in 1995, to help give back to the communities in which they live. Deanna, a breast cancer survivor, began the Deanna Farve 4 Hope Foundation to provide grants to breast cancer patients in Mississippi and Wisconsin.

In 2010, the two charities merged to form the Favre 4 Hope Foundation, to provide financial assistance to various 501c3 non-profit partners offering support to disadvantaged and disabled children and under-insured or uninsured breast cancer patients. Deanna serves as CEO/President of this new entity.

She has been featured on ESPN’s Monday Night Football special, ABC’s Good Morning America and The 700 Club. Deanna is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi.

Deanna and her husband, Brett, are the parents of two daughters and one grandson.

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SHANE STANFORD is a teacher, speaker and the author of seven books. An ordained elder in The United Methodist Church, Shane serves as Senior Pastor of Gulf Breeze United Methodist Church (Gulf Breeze, Florida near Pensacola) one of the largest Methodist churches in the U.S. with more than 5000 members. He is the Chief Vision Architect and Teacher for Making Life Matter Ministries.

His books include: You Can’t Do Everything . . . So Do Something: Small Ways to Change the World; The Seven Next Words of Christ: Finding Hope in the Resurrection Sayings; The Eight Blessings: Rediscovering the Beatitudes (all Abingdon Press); When God Disappears (Regal Books); his memoir A Positive Life: Living with HIV as a Pastor, Husband, and Father (Zondervan, 2010) and Making Life Matter: Leadership Lessons for Life (Abingdon, Summer 2011).

Stanford is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi and Duke University and has completed two years of advanced training in Marriage and Family Therapy and Ministry Issues. Stanford travels extensively sharing his journey as an HIV+ hemophiliac and Christian minister.

However, if you ask Shane, he will tell you the most important job in his life is being a husband and father. Stanford is married to Dr. Pokey Stanford, an Associate Professor of Education at the University of Southern Mississippi. They are the parents of three daughters, Sarai Grace, Juli Anna and Emma Leigh.

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