Girls with Sole running towards a mission - KAIT Jonesboro, AR - Region 8 News, weather, sports

Girls with Sole running towards a mission

(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.

Copyright 2012 WOIO. All rights reserved.

  • Region 8 News</span><a class="customMoreLink" href="/Global/category.asp?C=4391" target="_top">More >></a>Region 8 NewsMore>>

  • breaking

    1 killed in Blytheville accident, another killed in shooting

    1 killed in Blytheville accident, another killed in shooting

    Tuesday, May 30 2017 12:00 AM EDT2017-05-30 04:00:53 GMT
    Tuesday, May 30 2017 1:27 AM EDT2017-05-30 05:27:24 GMT
    (Source: Raycom Media)(Source: Raycom Media)

    Blytheville police have confirmed two people have died Monday night at two separate scenes.

    Blytheville police have confirmed two people have died Monday night at two separate scenes.

  • breaking

    Suspect named in Kennett shooting

    Suspect named in Kennett shooting

    Monday, May 29 2017 2:51 PM EDT2017-05-29 18:51:21 GMT
    Monday, May 29 2017 11:38 PM EDT2017-05-30 03:38:53 GMT
    Braylon Johnson (Source: Kennett Police Department)Braylon Johnson (Source: Kennett Police Department)

    According to Detective John Higgins of the Kennett Police Department, authorities are looking for a suspect in connection with a shooting Monday on South Jackson Street. 

    According to Detective John Higgins of the Kennett Police Department, authorities are looking for a suspect in connection with a shooting Monday on South Jackson Street. 

  • Motorcyclists bring awareness to veterans cemetery

    Motorcyclists bring awareness to veterans cemetery

    Monday, May 29 2017 10:35 PM EDT2017-05-30 02:35:39 GMT
    Monday, May 29 2017 11:06 PM EDT2017-05-30 03:06:16 GMT
    (Source: KAIT)(Source: KAIT)

    The second annual Memorial Day Honor Ride was hosted Monday.

    The second annual Memorial Day Honor Ride was hosted Monday.

Powered by Frankly