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Storytellers Inspire the Audience in 2020 performance of “S.T.A.R.S.: Survivors Take a Real Stage” Event
Storytellers Inspire the Audience in 2020 performance of “S.T.A.R.S.: Survivors Take a Real Stage” Event

A 2nd Act Hosting Performance Sunday, March 22, 2020, at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts

Phoenix, AZ — Every life has challenges. The best way to overcome them is to find the treasure in the wreckage, thereby giving the challenges purpose.

A 2nd Act’s live, curated storytelling performance, S.T.A.R.S.: Survivors Tell A Real Story, does just that. It features eight Arizona women who have faced a terrifying diagnosis and are using their gifts of life and experience to give back to the greater good in their 2nd Acts. The event will take place at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 22, at Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts (7380 E 2nd St., Scottsdale).

“There is tons of research supporting the theory that healing in helping. Our amazing storytellers are doing wonderful things in the world,” said Judy Pearson, founder of “And the value of a 2nd Act isn’t defined by size. Giving time one-on-one is just as valuable as creating foundations and building hospital wings.”

The intriguing research Pearson is referring to involved cancer survivors. Nearly 90 percent acknowledged that volunteering (what the organization that bears its name calls a “2nd Act”) helped boost their well-being, while nearly three-quarters of those surveyed reported that doing so helped lower stress levels. Almost a third of those surveyed who had chronic medical conditions, meanwhile, reported that helping others helped them manage their illnesses.

“Neither does a 2nd Act doesn’t have to have a specific focus,” Pearson continued. “Animals, the environment, and education could all be fabulous 2nd Acts. And let me assure you, this performance is thought-provoking, humorous, and motivating as well as inspiring.”

Produced by an organization raising the bar in storytelling, the cast is professionally coached, and each in the eight woman cast redefines courage and human potential.The performance will be emceed by Olivia Fierro, anchor of 3TV’s Good Morning Arizona.

The performance – A 2nd Act’s fifth annual – is the organization’s only annual fundraiser. Money raised by the S.T.A.R.S.performance supports the organization’s programs, including workshops and micro grants. The grants provide seed money for local women survivors ready to launch or grow their 2nd Acts, allowing them to follow their dreams, give back to the world and give purpose to their cancer journeys. All money raised stays in the Valley of the Sun.

Tickets are $22 (plus a $4.50 theatre surcharge) and available at the Box Office, 480-499-8587 or online at For a limited time, a Buy 2-Get 2 ticket offer is available, as patrons can receive 4 tickets for the price of 2.

Recognizing that helping is healing, the mission of is to celebrate and support women survivors of all cancers who are using their gifts of life and experience in a 2nd Act for the greater good. is an Arizona non-profit corporation and a 501 (c)(3) organization. All donations are tax deductible. To learn more please visit