From Trauma Comes Hope: The Stories of Two Extraordinary Women

Ellie Roozdar is a cancer survivor who has dedicated her life to helping others find their own strength. Christine Lunanga grew up in the shadow of war and now pulls other children out of the cycle of violence and poverty.

What do these two women have in common? They have both endured staggering trauma and become stronger from it. They both recognize the difference they can each make in the lives of others. And they are both featured as this month’s Spotlights on, in honor of Women’s History Month.

We hope the stories of these two incredible women will encourage you to continue your great work, to find ways to make a difference in your community, and to appreciate the women in your life who inspire you.

Ellie Roozdar

Ellie Roozdar survived cancer, and now helps others find their own power and strength.Ellie’s desire to help others inspired her to find her own strength. Now she passes this power along to the patients she meets as a volunteer for the American Cancer Society.

Read Ellie’s story.

Christine Lunanga

Christine Lunanga started CAMME to help children escape the trauma of war in Congo.Inspired by her own traumatic childhood, Christine founded CAMME to help children pull themselves out of the cycle of poverty, violence and abuse that runs rampant in the war-torn country of Congo.

Read Christine’s story.



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