SheLift is a 501 (c)3 organization that empowers girls with physical differences to improve self-acceptance and confidence through outdoor adventures and body-positive mentorship. SheLift provides experiences to young women with disabilities to help them live authentic lives and connect with others. SheLift aims to normalize differences while developing, challenging, and nurturing girls’ physical and emotional abilities.
SheLift was founded by Sarah Herron, the Colorado native who gained her notoriety on ABC’s The Bachelor for being the first contestant with a physical disability. Sarah was born with Amniotic Band Syndrome, but it hasn’t stopped her from climbing mountains, skiing double black diamonds and even searching for love on television. It was the outreach of young women who watched and related to Sarah on the show that inspired her to start SheLift.
SheLift aims to share Sarah's love for outdoor adventures – specifically in the mountains – and the transformative powers of adventure. Sarah wants to share with other women that whether it's on the slopes, on a trail or on a show... finding love is possible, and it starts with yourself.
“Sport, specifically skiing has been a profoundly transformative sport for me which is why I wanted to share it with SheLift girls. Growing up, I never took an interest to sports or outdoor activity because my confidence was so low that I always assumed I would look foolish attempting activities designed for “able-bodied” people. I was so concerned with perceptions and my image, that I missed out on experiences that had the ability to change my life completely. I was 25 years old when I decided to face my fears and attempt skiing for the first time – despite how ridiculous I thought I was going to look. I was instantly hooked by the adrenaline of realizing I was actually GOOD at something. As I began to progress, I started to care less and less about what others thought of me on the mountain and began to push myself more. I soon realized that with each new run I came down faster and better, my confidence skyrocketed. This confidence translated into a new-found self-acceptance that didn’t come from anyone else’s approval or acceptance of me, it was 100% self-made. That’s when I knew I had to share this magic with others. I wanted to create a program that challenged girls to take risks in order to overcome something that’s held them back in life, and I wanted the risks to be designed around outdoor adventure sports.”
How we work
Provide a safe, supportive environment for girls to connect with peers facing similar life obstacles.
Motivate one another to try things that take us out of our comfort zones in an effort to grow and overcome personal insecurities.
Bridge the gap between girls and influential mentors who have the ability to change lives.
Create a more accepting society that inspires young women to live authentically and be proud of their bodies.
"This organization has made me feel confident and encouraged in following my dreams and not letting limb loss stand in the way of achieving whatever it is that I want- whether it is to ski again or to lead full and positive life with lots of adventure!" – Clare Scheller