Rachell Le

Last updated: 2007

Rachell Le

2007 Beat the Odds Honoree

Giving up is not an option for Rachell Le. She eloquently describes herself as “a blank canvas.” In Rachell’s case, every brush stroke tells a story. Tragedy loomed large in her tumultuous childhood with her parents arguing often and the loss of her mother, whom she calls her hero and her angel. Rachell’s mother suffered from severe depression and eventually committed suicide. After her death, Rachell and her younger siblings were sent from Nevada to California to live with their eldest sister. This move marked the third school for Rachell in two years. From this point on, Rachell had to take responsibility for her younger brother and sister and it was a daily struggle for the young family to get enough food to eat. In spite of her difficult family responsibilities, education has remained the number one priority for Rachell and her GPA has remained over a 3.0. Diane Bustamande, a counselor at Rachell’s high school, says “It’s amazing to see the strength of the human spirit, even though it may at times get overlooked because Rachell never complains about the circumstances of her life.” According to Rachell, “I still have so many hopes and dreams and ambitions that I still want to fulfill that giving up is out of the question.” Rachell dreams of going to art school to pursue a career in interior design, a passion of hers since she was little. Rachell vows that every project that she works on will symbolize the love between her and her mother. It is with great pride that the Children’s Defense Fund recognizes Rachell Le as a 2007 Beat the Oddsâ recipient.