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Last updated: 2010
“I am no longer a victim of my obstacles. I am a survivor!” Erica remembers dreaming as a little girl of being loved, living in a safe environment, and being told that she was beautiful. Instead, Erica endured what no child should: years of parental neglect and severe abuse. With her father telling her she was “meaningless” to the family, she often felt invisible and alone. She was kicked her out of the house at the age of 15 and is now under the State’s care.
A strong work ethic, optimism, and resiliency are Erica’s signature traits. Despite the abuse and lack of support, Erica pledged to herself that she would excel in high school and attend college. She has maintained a 3.4 GPA, received honors and a student-government award all while taking Advanced Placement English and Environmental Science courses. Erica is active in JROTC, the Environmental Science club, band, and the Bright Prospect Academy, a non-profit organization that prepares students for college. Somehow she still has time to tutor students in course work and college preparation. “Now, as a survivor of so much,” Erica says, “I encourage people every day. . . to believe in yourself. As long as you know who you are, there is no one in this world that can take that away from you.” The Children’s Defense Fund proudly honors Erica Limón as a 2010 Beat the Odds Award recipient.
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