daughter Kara is one of the most beautiful, bravest, caring girls I have ever
met. She encourages me to be as amazing
- Kara, age 18, Williamstown KY
"Sara grew up in an upper
class, small town with high expectations.
She spent a significant part of her childhood feeling she was judged by
her classmates. Each day she tried to
carry herself with confidence, and ignore the criticism of her peers. Her father was a drug addict, and in her life
for only a short time. She lived in her
mother’s boyfriend’s house, which was an unstable environment. As Sara grew older, she developed emotional
conditions and was in and out of the hospital.
As Sara’s best friend,
I realized our lives were very different.
I have tried to be her best supporter.
I have seen her life improve, and seen her improve her grades in
school. She has big dreams to one day
live a happy life."
- Sara, age 18, Cincinnati Ohio
"Karita mentors her 14
year old niece and assists her with homework.
Karita also helps her extended family with baby-sitting nephew, nieces,
and great-nephews and nieces. Her mom’s
goal is for Karita to develop as her own person, and is a current joy to her
mom. Karita attended a summer enrichment
program and received an award.
In the past year, her
grandmother and aunt passed away. Karita
wishes they were here to see her in this beautiful prom dress and witness her
high school graduation."
- Karita, age 17, Cincinnati
"Jamila was born in 1996,
a healthy baby girl. She began to walk
at 9 months. She is sweet and loving to
all. At 9 years old, she fell at school
and I received a call that it looked like she had a stroke. She was rushed to the hospital and diagnosed
with hydrocephalus (water on the brain). She had brain surgery the next
day. Since that time she has been
through therapy and has been blessed to not have a setback. She has a goal of
being a pediatric physician. She is hard working and loves to help others."
- Jamila, age 18, Cincinnati
"She is a senior in high
school. She is a leader and gets good
grades. She helps everyone, even if she
doesn’t know them. Her junior and senior
years were difficult due to financial problems.
She hasn’t let that stop her from reaching her goals."
- Supreme, age 18, Cincinnati
"My Jasmine is an extra
special young lady. She has had a
difficult childhood, but has been strong and faithful. She how now made it to the point of prom,
graduation, and college! I am so proud of her and love her. Thank you – she deserves to feel like a
age 18, Cincinnati
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