STEPHANIE HOLLMAN Real Housewives of Dal­las

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Our fam­ily’s motto for char­i­ta­ble giv­ing is to pick your pas­sion and make a big im­pact rather than spread your­self thin and do lit­tle for a bunch of or­ga­ni­za­tions. Right now, we are heav­ily in­volved with The Fam­ily Place, the largest do­mes­tic vi­o­lence agency in Texas, as well as Big Broth­ers Big Sis­ter which is all about men­tor­ing. Women and chil­dren’s is­sues are the fo­cus of our fam­ily and com­pa­nies’ char­i­ta­ble con­tri­bu­tions. I also re­cently do­nated bone mar­row and through that I de­vel­oped a pas­sion for speed­ing aware­ness on bone mar­row reg­istry with DKMS.

You are prob­a­bly best known for be­ing a re­al­ity star in The Real Housewives of Dal­las. Please talk us through the film­ing of such a se­ries – is it gru­el­ing, lots of fun – what re­ally goes on be­hind the scenes?

It is a bless­ing and a curse, just as most things are in life. There are def­i­nitely things that I en­joy about the show such as some of the fun trips that I get to take with my girl­friends or film­ing silly scenes with my boys, but there are also for­ever long par­ties that we have to at­tend, and what seem like never-end­ing con­fes­sion­als. With the con­fes­sion­als, I think you can tell when I start to get rest­less, and that’s usu­ally when I say things that get me in trou­ble. Over­all, I ab­so­lutely love the ex­pe­ri­ence and I am very thank­ful that I get to call this my job!

You do­nated stem cells ear­lier this year to save some­one’s life. That could be seen as the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice. What hap­pened and how did it make you feel?

Four years ago I was at a can­cer walk with Chance, my old­est son, when DKMS ap­proached me and asked me to swap. I did it with­out re­ally think­ing, but 4 years later I got a call that I was the per­fect match for a pa­tient in need! I was on va­ca­tion at the time with my fam­ily, in the car when I got the call and Travis was sit­ting right next to me just pick­ing up con­text clues from what he could hear and when I got off the phone, be­fore I could say any­thing he said “If you want to do it, we sup­port you 100%”. It wasn’t be­fore a sec­ond thought crossed my mind that I called DKMS back and started to make ar­range­ments. Hav­ing the sup­port from my fam­ily was every­thing for me. DKMS made the process so easy; they helped me through ev­ery step of the process and re­ally made me feel at ease about my de­ci­sion to donate. I can’t say enough good things about my ex­pe­ri­ence!

You seem to have a per­fect fam­ily life – an ador­ing hus­band and two gor­geous chil­dren. We would like to know more about them.

It is so funny to me that you say that be­cause I def­i­nitely do not try to por­tray that I have a per­fect life what­so­ever! When I agreed to film a re­al­ity show, Travis and I sat down and agreed that if we were go­ing to

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