Cool Girls: Project HEAL Founders Liana and Kristina

ProjectHeal-Feature-1024x682Liana Rosenman and Kristina Saffran (pictured, L to R) met while undergoing treatment for anorexia nervosa. Each girl has inspiring words to share about how she recovered (readLiana's story, and Kristina's story), and both girls have joined together to do an incredible thing: Help a lot of other people recover, too. Project HEAL was founded in 2008, when both girls were 15 years old. It's a not-for-profit organization that has a two-fold mission: 1. To raise money to help people who suffer from eating disorders but cannot afford treatment and 2. To support kids who return to the "real world" after treatment through raising awareness about the dark reality of eating disorders.

The girls are a testament to recovery, which surprises and encourages them both. "When we were in treatment, we really lacked hope," they've said. "And when we heard stories of girls who had recovered, it sparked that hope a little bit. We really wanted to serve as role models and mentors to girls who thought, 'I can never get better' because we once were those girls who thought, 'I can never get better.'"

Some numbers: Project HEAL has raised over $300,000, it has 30+ global chapters and has sent eight applicants to treatment. Want to get involved? Go for it.