Audrey is an inspiring young mother of two boys (ages 4 and 1) who is currently in a fight unlike any she has ever faced. She is an inspirational, passionate, and caring woman here in the Tampa Bay Area.
On November 17, 2009, Audrey’s estranged husband struck her in the head with a hammer, doused her in gasoline, and set her on fire. With burns over 80% of her body, what the future holds for her is truly unknown.
Prior to this act of domestic violence, Audrey was working diligently at the local Chili’s restaurant in Brandon and was also enrolled in college to try and provide a better future for herself and her family. Her love for her family, friends, and her zest for life is what truly illuminated her path towards a brighter tomorrow.
Prior altercations with her husband caused Audrey to remove her boys from the home for fear of the potential harm that might come to them. However, in the face of all of this, she remained focused and committed to rising above what others might have viewed as limiting circumstances.
After 3 months in the Intensive Care Burn Unit, Audrey was transported to the hospital’s rehabilitation center from where she has recently been released, but visits three times per week for rehab. In the face of all of this adversity, Audrey finds her inspiration in other women who have stepped forth and spoken about their ability to find strength and success despite their experience as victims of domestic violence. Audrey is committed to reaching the goals she had set prior to this incident, but struggles each day to return to the life she previously knew. Audrey is genuinely one of the most inspirational people, and is even spending time with other burn victims, helping them find the courage and strength to move forward in their healing process. Even in her most challenging of moments, she manages to be an inspiration to others. Her passion for life and love for family motivates those around her to live each day to the fullest.
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