10 Most Beautiful 2012

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Charity: Child Advocacy Center
For three-time marathon runner Rachel Happel, mile 19 always presents a struggle. When she hits this wall, she has to remind herself why she’s doing this and focus on feeling good at the end. Similarly, Happel works hard in her professional life to overcome obstacles as an advocate for children who are victims of abuse. While her work consumes a lot of her time, she loves what she does and knows that supporting children is a beautiful thing. To her, family is a top priority. Losing her father at a young age, she learned a lot about strength and resiliency from her hardworking mother who had to continue to raise three children alone. Where she was once more concerned with her external beauty, as she has gotten older, she has become a much more confident woman who is proud of the internal qualities she possesses that make her beautiful. As both an instructor at Missouri State University and a therapist, Happel is inspired by younger generations and finds beauty and peace in helping others grow and mature into self-assured adults. Her life is a work in progress, and each day she makes strides to be a positive, generous and strong woman.—M.M.

 

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