Broadcasting pioneer Lisa Thomas-Laury speaks at Rydal Park’s Women’s History Month series

March 28, 2018

The Philadelphia news icon spoke to the packed audience about her groundbreaking career and her battles with the mysterious disease that threatened her life.

Philadelphia news and 6ABC broadcasting icon Lisa Thomas-Laury was the latest presenter at Rydal Park’s Women’s History Month speaking series on Tuesday afternoon at Rydal Park’s auditorium.

Thomas-Laury spoke to a delighted audience about her groundbreaking news career, which included her unique start in the industry and her longtime friendship with Oprah Winfrey, among other things.

She also spoke about her battle with life-threatening POEMS Disease, a battle that included misdiagnosis after misdiagnosis.

“You never, never know how resilient you can be with what life is going to be until something happens like that,” she said. “When you go through something like that, you see things from a new perspective. And I began to see things I did in a new perspective.

“Keep pushing. Keep asking questions. Never stop asking questions.

“Faith, determination and family — those were the keys for me. They can be the keys for you, too.”

After her moving presentation, Thomas-Laury answered questions from the audience and raffled off and signed copies of her new book, “On and Off Camera,” all while chatting with and getting to know those in attendance.

At Presby’s Inspired Life’s annual Inspired Service Event in 2015, 6ABC’s Art of Aging series, which Thomas-Laury helped pioneer, was honored with the Inspired Service Award. Thomas-Laury was unable to attend, but was presented with a replica award on Wednesday.

Thomas-Laury joined the all-women Villanova Haveners music group and Penn St. Abington physchology professor Dr. Judith Newman as presenters in Rydal Park’s Women’s History Month series.

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