Heidi Hamels, formely known as Heidi Strobel found fame as a contestant on Survivor: The Amazon, which aired back in 2003 as the 6th season of the show. Heidi finished 5th out of the 16 contestants on the show, but it was an episode where her and fellow tribe member Jenna Morasca stripped off their clothes to receive peanut butter and Oreos that really got her a lot of attention and that stripping would later land her and Jenna a spot in Playboy.
Heidi also had quite a few health problems associated with going so deep in the show. She was bitten by a spider and temporarily paralyzed from the waist down. Her weight dropped to 87 points and she has severe hair loss. All-in-all it took her 4 months to recover after the show.
Heidi meeting Cole stemmed from her participation on the show. Heidi was throwing out the first pitch at a minor league baseball game in Florida in 2004 when she met Cole. Two years later the two were married on New Year’s Eve in Missouri.
The time Heidi spent in the hospital after Survivor also turned her on to wanting to help out with the spread of AIDS in Africa and the United States. She and Cole started the Hamels Foundation which now hosts charity events to raise money for awareness and research.
Just this year Heidi and Cole adopted a baby from Ethiopia, which goes along with the charity work the Hamels Foundation has done in the past. This new child will join Caleb Michael and Braxton Grady in the family.