(WOIO) - After years of abuse a Rocky River woman turns personal tragedy into something good for northeast Ohio kids.
43-year-old Liz Ferro is like a little ray of sunshine.
Her story starts with a dark journey through sexual abuse as a foster care kid.
This is the reason she started Girls with Sole in August 2009.
Each of the now 350 girls in the program gets a new pair of running shoes to lace up for a lifetime of achievement following the trail forged by Ferro.
"The running shoes help me to come to the light and that's what I'm trying to show them...and it's working," said Ferro.
"We give girls free fitness and wellness programs to empower them and create self esteem and it's for girls who are at risk or who have experienced any type of abuse," said Ferro.
Ferro has run 17 marathons and done four Iron Mans.
Ferro has just penned a book about a life spent getting to the spiritual and emotional finish line.
She's making a difference in the lives of young girls.
For more information about Girls with Sole click HERE.