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YOUNG SUCCESS STORIES
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Published: May 01, 2009

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AUTUMN STRIER
Executive director of Miracles for Kids

Since Autumn Strier assumed the lead role at Miracles for Kids in 2005, the nonprofit’s revenue has increased by almost 800 percent, from $76,000 to $600,000 last year. And under her leadership, the organization – which aims to improve the lives of children facing cancer and other life-threatening illnesses – developed a grant program at CHOC Children’s Hospital and the Basket of Miracles Program to assist families in medical crises.

Most important lesson learned:
Forgiveness

Next big step:
Launching the Miracles for Kids assistance programs at all children’s hospitals throughout Southern California

Advice for other young professionals:
Find something you love to do, and do it well.

What you do for fun:
I love to spend time with my husband and our three children. Whether it is catching tadpoles at O’Neill Regional Park or simply playing in the back yard, the time we spend together is always filled with laughter. Seeing the world through their eyes and being a part of their lives is the most fun I have ever had.

If you could have dinner with anyone – alive or dead – who would it be and why?
Over the years, I have turned to words of Maya Angelou when I am looking to find inspiration. Her wisdom and candor, and the beauty she finds in the uniqueness of our world, are inspiring to me. I would love to spend an evening with such an incredible person who has gained so much from her life.

 

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Readers Feedback:

Autumn Strier is my beloved neice. I can say without a doubt she is for real (and that comes from one who knows her, not just as a relative). Her goal has always been "to make a difference" and I think that she (and her husband, Keith) have succeeded far beyond anyone's expectations. I'm so proud to not only know them well but to claim them as "our own"!
Comment at 12/8/2011