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Against All Odds: The Triumph of Christine Carter Love

Marguerite Grace King was a domestic worker from the deep South who cleaned office buildings for a living. For many, this meager job was merely an income, but for me,…

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Empire Dragons NYC Changes Life for Cancer Patients

As a nurse, I had always been interested in the importance of movement and exercise for patients.  The idea was reinforced when I began working with cancer patients at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC). …

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Gretchen Biedl Foster Care

A Passionate Champion of Foster Children

I moved to New York City from a small town in Oklahoma when I was 18 because I thought I wanted to be in theater. I was drawn to theater because it was what I…

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From Voiceless to a Voice for Others

Every woman has a story in her heart. She deserves a voice to share that story. As a young child, I was silenced by sexual abuse. It took me 54 years to find my voice….

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Theresa Roden

A Personal Transformation Inspires a New Program for Girls

I was an overweight kid who never felt athletic. I hated gym class and was always the last one picked for the kickball and volleyball games.  Although I loved to swim (I was in the…

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Susie Barry Roden

Surviving Life Passages Leads to A Career of Compassion

At the age of 38, I was single and living a kind of fast and loose restaurant industry life in Long Island, New York. I had just bought a house and moved in on a…

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Childhood Trauma Leads to Advocating for Children with Differing Abilities

On the first day of summer vacation, when I was six years old, I was playing with Barbie dolls at my best friend’s house. When I left to walk home, I was hit by a…

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Ilene Lainer

Improving the Lives of People with Autism

As a young woman growing up in New Jersey, I would not have imagined that in my 50s, I’d be President of NEXT for AUTISM, a non-profit organization focused on building and supporting innovative programs…

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Ilene Rainer

One Mother’s Poignant Campaign After Losing Her Son to Overdose

I grew up in New Jersey, in a close-knit Italian family.  My husband, Tito, is from Argentina.  I have three sisters and a brother and between us we have nine kids who are all very…

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Overcoming Tragedy To Realize Her Dream of Motherhood

I grew up in suburban Middletown, New Jersey, one of four siblings born into a strict, working class Catholic family. After graduating from Kean College, I began a successful sales career at MCI and for…

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Turning the Loss of Her Son Into a BIGVISION For Sober Life

I was born in Brooklyn, New York in the 60’s where I had a very nice, normal childhood in a modern orthodox Jewish family. My family included a brother and a sister, great parents, and…

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