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Elizabeth Smart shares her story with Acadiana

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Fundraiser for Hearts of Hope

Friday, May 3, 2013 - 3:45pm

"I think it's important for people to know that there are good things happening, and that there are so may more good people out there who care and who want the right things to happen, and they want the good guys to win," says Elizabeth Smart, the victim of one of the most high profile child abductions of our time.

The message that Elizabeth Smart hopes the world can take away from her story.  Her nine month abduction at the age of fourteen was one of the most followed child abduction cases of our time.  Two things have helped her to overcome her traumatic experience.

"My family certainly has been a huge part of that.  Also, my faith in God.  I don't know where I'd be without it.  I know he's there, and I know that he loves me.  He'll never abandoned me, so whatever I have to face I'll at least have the most powerful person on my side," says Elizabeth.

With one phone call, Hearts of Hope in Acadiana was able to get in touch with Elizabeth, who was more than willing to share her story and the lessons she learned.

"We all have worth, and that we should never give up.  I mean miracles do happen.  As many terrible stories as we see in the news, I mean everyday if it's not one thing it's another.  It's just tragedy after tragedy after tragedy, it makes you sick," she says.

Recently married, Elizabeth has become an advocate for change related to child abduction, recovery programs, and national legislation.  She is spreading the hope of not allowing your past to dictate your life's future.

"I think that's important for people to know and to realize that this world isn't all doom and gloom.  There is sunshine in it as well," she says in her message.

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