10 Most Beautiful 2014
We’re so excited to introduce you to the 10 winners—every single one of them gorgeous both inside and out thanks to their giving natures, goodwill, inspiring personalities or community involvement.
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Family advocate at the Arc of the Ozarks
Charity: Dynamic Strides
When Elizabeth Obrey talks about her five children, she glows with pride. She’s so proud of everything Nicole, 21; Brooke, 19; Samantha, 14; Nathan, 12; and Chase, 9, have accomplished so far in their lives. And Nicole, Nathan and Chase have faced more than most.
“Nicole was a fighter,” Elizabeth says. “She was diagnosed with classic autism and didn’t speak well until her fifth birthday. Chase is high-functioning now with his autism diagnosis, but he didn’t start out that way. It took a lot of intense therapy, and he also has a form of epilepsy. Nathan is considered nonverbal, and he has a lot of other diagnoses that inhibit him. But I’m teaching him how to type, so he can communicate through technology. We haven’t given up on him.”
Elizabeth hasn’t given up on her family or other families struggling with a disability. She uses her unique experience of raising three children with autism to inspire others at the Arc of the Ozarks and online with her blog, The Bailiwick Project. “I really want to give hope to families, to show them that families with disabilities still have lives,” she says. “The glowing smiles in our family pictures are the same as theirs.”