As President and CEO of Cleveland Rape Crisis Center, I have learned that every survivor of sexual violence has a unique journey to healing. Liz Ferro candidly takes the reader along her journey beginning with early trauma from foster care and child sexual abuse through to her triumph as a marathon and triathlon runner and founder of the nonprofit organization Girls With Sole. While moments of her story are challenging to read, Liz’s writing style evokes chatting with a friend and she finds ways to inject humor throughout her memoir.
Liz is an amazing role model for the girls she works with through Girls With Sole and for the girls she has worked with in Camp Create, a Cleveland Rape Crisis Center summer program for girls ages 12-17. Through swimming and running, Liz developed her self-esteem and sense of empowerment and control. She shares her coping skills with each young woman she works with and shows them that they are stronger than they knew.
Liz has written an amazing narrative of transformation as a girl who ran from her challenges and trauma to a woman who knows she can accomplish any goal she sets. “Finish Line Feeling” will leave the reader wanting to lace up running shoes and start training, and every book purchase helps girls develop that same drive. Liz and Girls with Sole are tremendous assets to Northeast Ohio and I am excited to watch her reach goals in the years to come.
President and CEO
Cleveland Rape Crisis Center