“From Victims to A-List Celebrities: Beating the Bullying Culture”
Bullying is an epidemic that many of our Wish Kids know all too well due to their life-threatening illnesses. Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center states that children facing life-altering medical situations or a life-threatening illness are two to three times more likely to be bullied. They are not alone. Many of their favorite idols and role models can relate to being bullied.
Several of Kids Wish Network’s female celebrity Guardian Angels know exactly what it is like to be brutally bullied. Their childhoods weren’t quite as glamorous as fans would expect, and they faced struggles with fitting in similar to our Wish Kids. Now world-renowned actresses, singers, and businesswomen, these celebrities prove that no matter what happened in your past, your future can still be bright. Here are Kids Wish Network’s Guardian Angel celebrities’ stories to take as a token of inspiration. No matter what adverse situation they faced, each woman used their experiences to fuel their desire to reach their dreams. They are stronger for having imperfect beginnings and are currently living their own versions of happily ever after.
Demi Lovato, Singer
Wish Kid: Evelyn – spina bifida
Taylor Swift, Singer/Actress/Businesswoman
Wish Kid: Madison – sacral agensis syndrome
Eva Longoria Parker, Actress/Businesswoman
Wish Kid: Katie – plane crash survivor
Christina Aguilera, Singer/Actress
Wish Kid: Kayla – leukemia
Jessica Alba, Actress/Businesswoman
Wish Kid: Alina – heart condition (mitral valve regurgitation)
Wish Kid: Amanda – pulmonary hypertension
Tyra Banks, Model/Actress/Businesswoman
Wish Kid: Molly – spastic quadriplegia, cerebral palsy
Wish Kid: Xavier – sickle cell disease or CVA (cardiovascular accident)
The key message to take away from all of these celebrities’ stories is one of hope. Each of them was once a regular kid stumbling their way through being bullied, but their determination and perseverance in pursuing their dreams catapulted them to success. They refused to let bullies dictate their futures. From Taylor Swift to Beyonce, their stories prove that anything is possible and no goal is too far- fetched. With unfailing hope and strength of mind, your dreams are within your grasp.
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