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Liz Murray’s Inspirational Story: Homeless to Harvard

20 Jan

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I recently had the opportunity to hear Liz Murray at the National Council of Jewish Women Palm Beach Section luncheon. Murray has a compelling story. As the child of drug addicted parents , she was living on the streets as a teenager. When her mom died, she realized she needed to make a change and take charge of her life. She tried to enroll in many high schools and found an alternative school with a mentor.  She finished high school and with the encouragement of her mentor applied and was accepted to Harvard.   But, Murray had a secret — she was homeless. After winning a New York Times scholarship, her homelessness was revealed and her story became known.

Her journey was made into a Lifetime TV movie, and she is the author of the best selling book Breaking Night.

Murray spoke without notes and told her riveting story to more than 400 one afternoon with a standing ovation.

She asked the question “What does it take to make a difference in one person’s life?”

For Murray’s triumph over adversity is was a mentor.  And for you?

Angels & Cakes

24 Jul

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Meet the amazing Imerman Family.  Brothers Jon and Jeff are creative and inspiring. Jon (left) is the founder of Imerman Angels. A cancer support nonprofit that partners cancer patients with survivors. Jeff is a founder of  the Imerman Cake Company with his mom, Jane Imerman. When Jon was diagnosed with cancer, Jane began cooking all organically.

“We learned how our food choices and what we put in our bodies impact our health and well-being,” says Jane.   “In my home kitchen, we started developing recipes using only the purest natural and organic ingredients.”

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