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Overcoming Family Problems

Andrew Johnson

Andrew Johnson - The Real Winning Edge

Overcoming a Different and Difficult Upbringing Andrew’s dad left his mother when she was pregnant with him. Left alone with his mother, Andrew felt ostracized by others since he didn’t have the same skin color as his mom. Feeling out of place, Andrew began to act out when he was 16. This lasted until he…

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Dakota Bracey

Dakota Bracey - The Real Winning Edge

Not Giving Up When All Seems Against You Dakota had a difficult childhood. His mother worked 12 hour shifts at night while his father would beat her. When his father left the family, Dakota became the man of the house at 9 years old. He ended up falling to social pressures until he went to…

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Keyara Criner

Keyara Criner - The Real Winning Edge

Losing So Much But Believing For More Keyara lost her father when she was young and ended up losing her mother not long after to illness. She then lost her brother to gun violence. When Keyara found herself questioning why she was even here, her friend stepped up and encouraged her. He helped her see…

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D’Naysia Stonick

D'Naysia Stonick - The Real Winning Edge

Finding Forgiveness In Face Of Addiction D’Naysia’s mother struggled with drug addiction. She and her sisters were placed in foster care while their mother was placed in a rehab institution. After about a year, her mother did get better, but only for a little while. Her family’s reunion was shortened after a fire claimed their…

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Sierra Becker

Sierra Becker - The Real Winning Edge

Diving Into Depression, But Bounding High Out of It Sierra Becker plays three Varsity sports: Gymnastics, Diving, and Soccer. When she was young her parents got divorced. Once this happened her father abandoned her and ceased to be a part of her life. During this time, she also had trouble with her friends and sports.…

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Keia Pinnick

Using Prayer To Get Through The Hard Times Keia is a heptathlon athlete who competes at a very high level. Growing up, Keia’s mother was an alcoholic, which led to her brothers and her being placed in a foster care program until they were adopted. Their adoption was not a pleasant experience. Their adopted parents…

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Joshua Rodriguez-Irons

Joshua Rodriguez-Irons - The Real Winning Edge

Abandoned By His Family But Never Abandoned By God Joshua Rodriguez-Irons suffered in a foster home after losing his father and being abandoned by his mother. Learn how his new adopted mother and God gave him the strength to persevere and find joy in life.

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