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ORLANDO, Fla. – Solutionaries is a bit of a departure from the traditional reporting of common tasks. It’s a longer form of storytelling about solving problems that affect us all, hence the name “solutionaries”.

It’s not a new program. Solutionaries premiered as a digital news show in 2021 and has covered everything from policing America to inflation to school safety and climate change.

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“We’re taking on issues that we’re all facing here in Central Florida, and perhaps the nation, and trying to find the things that will help solve the problem. More importantly, we’re putting a spotlight on what’s working and what might work if there were a bigger push behind it,” said News 6 investigative reporter Erik Sandoval.

Sandoval and fellow News 6 investigative reporter Louis Bolden host the show and delve deep into solution-based stories.

“One of the most memorable stories I’ve worked on recently was the story of Sebastian DeLeon. He contracted the brain-eating amoeba while vacationing with his family here in Orlando. He was quickly brought to AdventHealth and luckily they knew the questions to ask and what to do,” said Sandoval.

The brain-eating amoeba Naegleria fowleri can kill in a matter of days.

“The only drug available that kills the brain-eating amoeba and saves a patient’s life is being distributed for the whole nation here in Orlando. We put the spotlight on the man behind it on South Orange Avenue,” Sandoval said.

DeLeon was one of only four people to survive the brain-eating amoeba after taking the drug.

It was the collaboration between the drug manufacturer, doctors and researchers that produced results for future patients.

“Because of Sebastian and another Central Florida youth, Jordan Smelski, who died from the brain-eating amoeba, AdventHealth has taken it upon itself to find a faster way to test for the brain-eating amoeba, since the test currently says it is It takes seven days to get a result. From the time you contract the brain-eating amoeba you will kill seven days, so due to the COVID-19 testing, AdventHealth used this technology to develop a new test to test for the brain-eating amoeba and within getting results in four hours is life-saving time,” said Sandoval.

DeLeon has undergone physical therapy to learn to walk again and is doing well. His recovery brought greater awareness to the brain-eating amoeba and helped create successful treatment plans.

“It’s been really nice to see solutions being born and nurtured here in Central Florida that can save lives around the world,” said Sandoval.

Solutionaries is not only based in Central Florida, but is made up of journalists from our sister stations across the country, covering diverse problems and uncovering solutions from every angle.

Each episode will explore a different topic and feature the solutionaries that devote their time and energy to these causes.

We know so many of our News 6 viewers are among the solutionaries we’d like to feature. If you meet these requirements, you can send your ideas to [email protected] for a chance to be featured.

Even if you don’t fit that description, we still hope to hear from you.

We will routinely ask viewers to comment on topics they would like to see covered in upcoming episodes and solicit feedback on those topics.

To keep up with all things Solutionaries, download the News 6 app on your smart TV, subscribe to our YouTube channel and bookmark SolutionariesNetwork.com.

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