#1 NYT bestselling author Linda Lael Miller

Shannon Beecher, 29, of Englewood, CO

Four years ago, Shannon Beecher was a drug addict living on the streets of Mesa, Ariz. She overcame her addiction, moved to Colorado and began taking classes at Arapahoe Community College. Her award is destined to pay for a year-round bus pass.

“A bus pass will go a long way in helping me to get to school and work and in continuing on the path I have begun to help my fellow man,” said Beecher, who hopes to one day open a homeless shelter.

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