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Press Release: Against All Odds - Lindsy Matthews, Local Mother with Stage 4 Cancer Wins Speaker Slam

Apr 27, 2023

Local Mother with Stage 4 Cancer Wins Speaker Slam: North America's Largest Inspirational Speaking Competition

Lindsy Matthews won a $10,000 prize package beating out 9 other competitors in front of a sold-out audience of 200 at Lula Lounge on April 25th, 2023 at Speaker Slam!



Toronto, ON - Speaker Slam®: North America's Largest Inspirational Speaking event has crowned its latest champion, Lindsy Matthews. Lindsy, a mother of two, won the "Against All Odds" competition with her powerful speech about living with stage 4 cancer. The competition, which took place at the iconic Lula Lounge in Toronto, featured 10 local and international speakers sharing their stories of perseverance and determination in the face of adversity. [Recap of Event]

Despite the devastating news of her diagnosis from her doctor last year, Lindsy chose to maintain a positive mindset and hold onto hope. She is motivated to make the worst year of her life, the best year of her life, as an example for her children when they face hard times. Lindsy's message left the audience in awe and earned her the top prize at Speaker Slam: Against All Odds. [Video of her speech]

"Lindsy's story is truly inspirational, and her message is especially important during these challenging times," said Dan Shaikh, Co-Founder of Speaker Slam. "Her determination and positivity in the face of adversity is a reminder to all of us that we can find hope and inspiration, even in the darkest of times."

Lindsy Matthews is now heading to the Grand Slam: Inspirational Speaking Finals on November 18th, 2023 at the CBC Glenn Gould Studio to compete for a prize package worth $50,000 and for the title of Inspirational Speaker of the Year!

Speaker Slam aims to foster empathy and inspire positive change through its competitions, while also contributing to the creation of a better world for all. Since 2016, Speaker Slam has built up a rich history of spreading inspiration for social issues and launching successful speaking careers from their competitions. Past speakers have gone on to feature in TEDx talks, book deals, documentaries, create viral movements and events, and more.

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About Speaker Slam

Speaker Slam® is a Speaker Development Agency that helps cultivate the next generation of changemakers & thought leaders. The agency is best known for creating North America's largest inspirational speaking competition, where participants share their life stories to inspire their communities to take action. The competitions have a history of launching many speaking careers, including paid speaking gigs, TEDx talks, book deals, press, documentaries, movements, and more. In addition, the agency runs training programs, which empowers people to find their voice so they can make an impact in their communities with speaking.

About Dan Shaikh

Dan Shaikh is an event producer and system strategist who helps heart-centered entrepreneurs, coaches, and authors get on stage and launch their speaking careers. He has partnered with dozens of viral media companies and his speakers have over 500 million views across global social media. Dan is the host and producer of North America’s Largest Inspirational Speaking Competition, which has provided a platform for over 1000 speakers to share their messages of inspiration. His events have helped raise over $10,000 for various charities and have been featured on Global News, CBC Radio, and CTV News.

About Lindsy Matthews

Lindsy Matthews is a Master Life Coach, fitness entrepreneur, and author based in Canada. She is a wife and mother navigating life with autoimmune disease and stage 4 metastatic breast cancer. Despite her health challenges, Lindsey maintains a positive mindset and resilience, and her purpose is to help others overcome their own health obstacles. She strongly believes in the power of the mind-body connection achieved through an active life and meditation. Lindsey shares her perspective and expertise through her blog and Instagram handle, @lindsymatthews


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