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Real Teens. Real Challenges. Real Solutions.

Posts by Heidi McIvor-Allen

Andrea Stroud

Andrea Stoud - The Real Winning Edge

Meet Andrea Stroud. You’ll see a remarkable young lady that faced an abusive father on top of having to heal from a physical deformity. Please pay close attention to how Andrea was able to move away from the role of ‘victim’ and moved into the role of a truly successful dancer. Andrea Stroud has been…

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Stephen Bradshaw

stephen bradshaw - overcoming family issues

Meet Stephen Bradshaw. Steve has overcome difficult times in his family relationships, his education and his sport. Although his father’s alcohol addiction strained their relationship, he learned to accept his dad’s imperfections and built a stronger connection to him. The lessons he learned through the process helped him become a leader in his classes and…

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Natnisha Bowens

natnisha bowen

Natnisha Bowen who is from Atlanta GA had a tough beginning. Left abandoned with her little brother on the doorstep of a neighbor’s house, she knows first hand about being an outsider. She was only 8 years old when she began being shuttled from one foster home to another. She was then placed in the…

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Doug Hall

Doug Hall - Bronco Riding

Native American Doug Hall began bronco riding when he was 16, as he and his family recovered from the car accident (caused by a drunk driver) that took his mother’s life when Doug was only 14. Doug’s mother had made him promise to never let alcohol become a part of his life. Picking up the…

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Molly Lewis

Molly Lewis - Skateboarding

Molly grew up with severe asthma, needing four breathing treatments and prescription medication every day. Through her walk with God, she gained strength and eventually became able to breathe freely. Now Molly is an artist and videographer, as well as a skateboarder, surfer, lacrosse player, and longboarder (downhill skateboarder). Besides touring with the Original Skateboard…

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Sky Siljeg

Sky - Skateboarding

Sky found skateboarding to be a natural escape from his family’s troubles, including his father’s frequent absences due to an addiction. But when his mother was diagnosed with cancer, he began spending time in prayer, learning to trust God totally. This relationship has strengthened Sky to stand against the temptations of the partying lifestyle in…

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Julie Finley

Julie Finley - Lymes Disease

Meet Julie Finley. “I started to get these insane headaches but only on the right side of my head,” said Finley. “I went to the doctor and then went through all kinds of tests, MRI’s and even specific tests for headaches. But they couldn’t give me any answers. I went to other doctors and had…

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Rob Kelly

Rob Kelly - The Real Winning Edge - Surfing

Surfing Above Temptation ​Rob Kelly is a competitive surfer who is consistently challenged by the party scene in his sport and community. However, Rob is committed to staying above the influence and to stay focused on his surfing and remaining a positive influence in the lives around him. With his determination and dedication, Rob went…

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Jessica Iwata

Jessica Iwata - University of Hawaii Softball

College Athlete Dealing with the Loss of a Friend Jessica Iwata is a student-athlete at the University of Hawaii. She dealt with the loss of a close friend who was in a car accident due to drunk driving. During her time of grieving, she was in shock and hurt. She then reached out to her…

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