Our goal is to change the way girls see themselves; by inspiring self-acceptance and authentic living. Hear from some of the girls we've been working with this year.

 
 
Alexis is a twenty something student studying marketing and will be graduating in spring 2017. She was born with a birth defect that resulted in her having only seven fingers, but that has never stopped her from living life to the fullest. She enjoys rocking out at concerts, catching the newest movie release, and trying new restaurants around Kansas City.

Alexis is a twenty something student studying marketing and will be graduating in spring 2017. She was born with a birth defect that resulted in her having only seven fingers, but that has never stopped her from living life to the fullest. She enjoys rocking out at concerts, catching the newest movie release, and trying new restaurants around Kansas City.

Alexis, 24

"The five days of the retreat were some of the  best days of my life. To challenge myself to do something I've never done before with skiing. And to meet some incredible ladies who are similar to myself. I know I've gained lifelong friends through this retreat and I'm so grateful. I hope to take what I learned from SheLift and implement it in my daily life and encourage other women and girls to conquer their personal mountains.”


Kim, 24

"Before SheLift, I didn't know any girls with unique physical differences like my own. The SheLift retreat gave me the opportunity to connect with girls who understand what my "basic-bodied" friends cannot. 

In five days, we bonded over our everyday challenges, accomplishments, insecurities, relationships and uniquenesses. It was an indescribable feeling, being able to connect so easily and relate so strongly with girls I'd never met before. 

Spending the week with these ladies and learning to ski was an experience I'll never forget. The retreat encouraged me to live authentically, be kinder to myself, and not be afraid to share my story. I not only left the retreat with a new found love for the mountains, but with the most encouraging and supportive group of friends.”

Kim was born with a congenital limb deficiency resulting in the absence of her left arm below the elbow. Kim graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Madison with a BS in Psychology and background in business. After spending a summer abroad interning at a local nonprofit in London, she realized her desire to lead a purposeful life and her enthusiasm for giving back to others. Now living in Chicago, she is an Analyst of Corporate Social Responsibility at a global investment and advisory firm pursuing her interest in social impact. Kim is a lover of travel, music, and an avid foodie. 

Kim was born with a congenital limb deficiency resulting in the absence of her left arm below the elbow. Kim graduated from the University of Wisconsin - Madison with a BS in Psychology and background in business. After spending a summer abroad interning at a local nonprofit in London, she realized her desire to lead a purposeful life and her enthusiasm for giving back to others. Now living in Chicago, she is an Analyst of Corporate Social Responsibility at a global investment and advisory firm pursuing her interest in social impact. Kim is a lover of travel, music, and an avid foodie. 


Lillian is 23 years old and originally born in Sonora, Mexico but moved to Chandler, Arizona at age 10. Lillian graduated from Arizona State University and currently works at a marketing firm as a Bilingual Analyst. "I was born without half of my left arm and I feel like there are times were I would feel really self conscious and just hide it you know? But I am trying my best to learn how to love myself and all of my imperfections."

Lillian is 23 years old and originally born in Sonora, Mexico but moved to Chandler, Arizona at age 10. Lillian graduated from Arizona State University and currently works at a marketing firm as a Bilingual Analyst.

"I was born without half of my left arm and I feel like there are times were I would feel really self conscious and just hide it you know? But I am trying my best to learn how to love myself and all of my imperfections."

Lillian, 24

"I was incredibly blessed to have had the opportunity to go on such an amazing trip with a group of amazing girls. It's beyond words to describe the amount of fun I had on this journey. From skiing to playing games and laughing till we had tears running down our faces. I got to learn more not only about myself but from the other women as well. It was incredible sharing all this with them. A million times thank you to Sarah for all the hard work and for allowing me to go on such a life changing adventure!"


Chris was born without half of her left leg to Amniotic Band Syndrome as well as congenital defects in her fingers. Despite living her life looking a little different from everyone else, she has never let it stop her from doing what she loves and chasing her dreams. She is a lover of fashion and makeup and having lived in the city of Toronto her whole life, she is a big enthusiast for great restaurants, concerts and the big city life. Growing up, she had a goal of working in public relations and communications

Chris was born without half of her left leg to Amniotic Band Syndrome as well as congenital defects in her fingers. Despite living her life looking a little different from everyone else, she has never let it stop her from doing what she loves and chasing her dreams. She is a lover of fashion and makeup and having lived in the city of Toronto her whole life, she is a big enthusiast for great restaurants, concerts and the big city life. Growing up, she had a goal of working in public relations and communications

Chris, 24

"The retreat was a life changing experience. I am so grateful to Sarah Herron and everyone at SheLift for giving me the amazing opportunity to overcome my inner fears and personal mountains. 

I now have a new found confidence, a new passion for snowboarding, and a group of lifelong friends that I can depend on to continue to push me to grow and encourage me to love myself everyday. 

I left the retreat feeling empowered and confident and I am so excited to see what is next in store for my future with SheLift!"


Katherine is 20 years old and is from Vernon Hills, Illinois. Like Sarah, Katherine was born with amniotic band syndrome and has faced many insecurities because of it. She studies psychology at The University of Texas at San Antonio. Katherine has a passion for volunteering and spending time with close friends. She is involved with her sorority Alpha Sigma Alpha.

Katherine is 20 years old and is from Vernon Hills, Illinois. Like Sarah, Katherine was born with amniotic band syndrome and has faced many insecurities because of it. She studies psychology at The University of Texas at San Antonio. Katherine has a passion for volunteering and spending time with close friends. She is involved with her sorority Alpha Sigma Alpha.

Katherine, 20

"Leaving the trip I feel more confident than ever...something that was not expected for me going into it. Meeting girls that can relate to me in person has changed the way I feel about myself” 


Kimberlee lost her right leg below the knee due to complications at birth when she was 10 days old. She has had many surgeries for revisions on her amputation that affected her throughout childhood. She is now a college student in St. Petersburg, Florida, majoring in prosthetics and orthotics, with a long term goal of being a practitioner and helping others live life to the fullest with the best prosthetics and braces available to them.

Kimberlee lost her right leg below the knee due to complications at birth when she was 10 days old. She has had many surgeries for revisions on her amputation that affected her throughout childhood. She is now a college student in St. Petersburg, Florida, majoring in prosthetics and orthotics, with a long term goal of being a practitioner and helping others live life to the fullest with the best prosthetics and braces available to them.

Kimberlee, 21

"The retreat was incredible. I surprised myself with my ability to pick up skiing so quickly, and I now have lifelong friendships with the girls.I saw each of them gain confidence in themselves and their ability to try new things and conquer some of their daily struggles. I can't adequately express how grateful I am to have been apart of something so awesome. I can't wait to see where the future takes SheLift and all of us"


Michelle was born with Thrombocytopenia Absent Radius (TAR) Syndrome which causes her arms to curve inward at the elbow due to the absence of the radius bone. Currently, Michelle is completing her Masters degree in Occupational Therapy at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, MI.  Undeterred by her physical limitations, Michelle loves running and lifting weights, shopping, and spending time with her family and friends. Her passion for advocating for individuals with disabilities has been reflected through speaking at local hospitals and universities in West Michigan.

Michelle was born with Thrombocytopenia Absent Radius (TAR) Syndrome which causes her arms to curve inward at the elbow due to the absence of the radius bone. Currently, Michelle is completing her Masters degree in Occupational Therapy at Grand Valley State University in Grand Rapids, MI.  Undeterred by her physical limitations, Michelle loves running and lifting weights, shopping, and spending time with her family and friends. Her passion for advocating for individuals with disabilities has been reflected through speaking at local hospitals and universities in West Michigan.

Michelle, 26

"Strength, courage, acceptance, and empowerment, four words I never thought I would ever achieve. It all changed after five days in Aspen, CO, when I attended the first SheLift retreat with seven other beautiful women, all with a different uniqueness: missing arms, missing legs, missing fingers, and missing bones. We bonded over  what makes us unique and how it has contributed to who we are as people, discussing the things we love, hate, and wish we can could change. I came to the conclusion, that we are all the same despite the differences in our unique physical appearance, we want love, acceptance, and to feel empowered, to do that we need each other. It was the mountains that brought us together, but our stories of success, heartbreak, love, achievement, and friendship that will forever connect us. This retreat taught me that I am worthy of love, beautiful inward and outward, and that I can move mountains. Thank you SheLift, you have empowered me to help change the lives of others.”