About Shining S.C.A.R.S.
Growing up Krystian experienced first-hand the trials and self-esteem issues associated with visible scars. Bullied and taunted, she found the strength she needed to overcome her self-image and decided at the age of 14 to make a change in how she perceived herself. One year later she entered in her first preliminary teen pageant.
As part of her application Krystian was to choose a platform for which she would become an advocate for. She wanted to choose a platform that she could be passionate about, and thus Shining S.C.A.R.S. was born.
Krystian continues to prove that she is more than the stigmas left by her scars and bullies, and has made it her life's mission to help others heal so they, too, can say “no matter what my scars say to you, they hold a meaning of Strength and Character, showing I have Accepted who I am and prove I can Rise above the Stigma of my scars.”
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About Krystian Leonard...
Krystian Leonard is a 22 year old college student, and award-winning author and advocate with an adventurous spirit. She dedicates countless hours volunteering and supporting various charities annually. Since her journey into self-acceptance began, Krystian wrote her first children's book at age 15, titled Shining Scars, a Mom's Choice Award recipient, which was published by Headline Books, as a way to meet the need of children just like herself, who are healing and living with visible scars.
Krystian founded and now serves as the President of her 501(c)3 organization Shining S.C.A.R.S. as an outreach to help others. With the help of local sponsors and fundraising events, Krystian has been able to travel spreading her message of self-acceptance both near and far. She donates copies of her children's book Shining Scars, and partners with other non-profits like Cuddles for Clefts. Currently Shining Scars has reached children in over 30 countries worldwide, thru the cuddle packs that Cuddles for Clefts sends out monthly. Krystian’s dream to make an positive impact is becoming a reality. You can help her continue her work by shopping online thru Amazon Smile, choosing Shining S.C.A.R.S. Inc., or donating any gift amount. 100% of your donation will be used to provide children with a copy of Shining Scars children’s book.
“Krystian, I just want to personally thank you for what you are doing and for your beautiful book Shining Scars.”
“The world is always brighter and a lot more blessed when people like you share your love and talent! God bless!”
Krystian has shared her scars and story on a multitude of platforms, including in the Indie Award winning book Who I Am: American Scar Stories, by Jenny Cutler Lopez. Krystian is a featured co-author for two best selling books, The Better Business Book and Contagious Optimism book 2 - 10 Habits of Truly Optimistic People by David Mezzapple. Krystian was a keynote speaker at Contagious Optimism Live event in Jupiter Florida, as well as TEDxBocaRaton New Beginnings, and Next Gen Summit, Austin Texas, all before graduating high school.
Inspiring teens with her story of perseverance, Krystian hopes to change the definition of perfection and beauty. Every child is beautiful, and should feel beautiful from the inside out.
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