The personal growth Sandy has had through her American Ninja Warrior journey has been transformational. When it comes to Adverse Childhood Experiences, ACE's, Sandy is a perfect 10/10; physical neglect, emotional neglect, physical abuse, emotional abuse, sexual abuse, divorce, family member incarcerated, substance abuse, domestic violence and mental health issues in the home. But, in some incredible way Sandy's journey on ANW has been like therapy for her and it has helped her heal some old wounds. The journey has also helped Sandy grow in courage and confidence and she has finally found her voice; the strong, courageous voice we all have inside us. Sandy has spent the last 5 years impacting lives by sharing her story to various schools, groups, churches, business and organizations. Hanging in her office for over two decades Sandy has a framed quote from Jackie Robinson that says, "A life is not important except in the impact it has on others' lives." and now today that passion and purpose remains stronger than ever.
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We have two chances at life. The first is as a child and you don't have a lot of say over that life but your second chance is the life you create. You have the power to change your family tree.
Life is a team sport and people matter most. We just never know when we will give or receive those life changing moments from each other. Show up.