Wednesday, January 6, 2016

A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story

What would you do if you were called, “The Ugliest Person” on the Internet and people were posting horrible things like, “kill yourself” or “kill it with fire?”  This is what happened to Lizzie Velasquez.  You may not know that name, but by the time you finish this movie, you won’t forget her name.  She is a 25 year old woman born with a very rare syndrome that went undiagnosed until just recently.  She is only 1 of 3 people with a rare syndrome called Adipose Tissue which means, she is unable to gain weight.  So through her childhood, she looked different than other children.  She experienced many forms of bullying and it wasn’t until she was in high school that the bullying went cyber.  She was called the “ugliest woman” and had very hateful, hateful things said against her.  But, instead of listening to the haters, she opened her heart and took a stance against bullying.  With her desire to show the world a different side of her and who she was – she stood up and proclaimed she is a somebody – that we are all a somebody.  In 2012, she did a Ted Talk program and become an overnight sensation! Her story has made her somewhat of a celebrity where she has had the opportunities to go to many countries, schools, and even the White House to have others join her in the fight against bullying.  She has partnered up to help push “The Safe School Improvement Act” in Congress.  This is the first federal bill on bullying with the potential to reach the floor for a Congressional vote.  For more information on Lizzie herself and her cause, go to any of her websites.  This film can make a difference in children’s, youth and adult lives.  Very strong, very emotional and very personal – don’t miss it!!


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