#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Donna Denson, 42, of Fort Campbell, KY

Reared in a family ravaged by alcoholism, Denson escaped home only to end up in an unhealthy marriage. After 13 years, she escaped again, finding sanctuary with friends. Today, Denson is the mother of six and remarried to a soldier who recently re-enlisted and is scheduled to be shipped out for a 15-month deployment. She says caring for a child with Noonan Syndrome, a genetic disorder that prevents normal development in various parts of the body, and seeing the compassionate care lavished on her daughter and her family during the long hospital stays led to her desire to become a nurse in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

“After seeing my daughter and what she went through, I want to help families… I want to make a difference,” said Denson.

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