“We all have struggles in life, and at times, heavy burdens to carry. Often, we have no control over our circumstances. However, we do have control over our reactions to those circumstances. When you look to God, he carries you through your struggles with grace, strength, and perseverance.”
ABOUT ALICIA SMITH
Alicia was a young and vibrant woman, on scholarship as a dancer, at The University of Arizona when she was caught in the middle of a gang related shooting. She was shot through the liver with an AK-47.
For many years, she was damaged physically, mentally and emotionally. She had no hope in life.
Alicia was at her lowest point in life when she came to the realization that she had a choice in allowing this to make her a bitter person or a better person. She chose to allow it to make her better.
Alicia learned that her inner attitude didn't have to reflect her outward circumstances. The initial gunshot wound left her with a less than 1% chance of survival, but she didn't just survive - she fought, overcame, and thrived.
She now inspires and motivates others with personal storytelling of her journey to persevere through adversity, and turn tragedy into triumph.
She now lives in Colorado with her husband and four children and is an author, speaker, dance and music teacher.
"I live for people like Alicia. To be able to help someone like her is indescribable.
Congratulations, and keep surviving, Alicia. We will never forget you. You are the fuel for all those in my profession."
Dr. Peter Rhee (Professor of Surgery and the Chief of Trauma, Critical Care, and Burn and Emergency Surgery at the University of Arizona, College of Medicine)
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