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Impact Saginaw Area Credit Unions Sponsor Speakers Elizabeth Smart and Travis Mills

On Sept. 21, nationally-renowned speakers Elizabeth Smart and Travis Mills delivered impactful messages of overcoming adversity and never losing hope to more than 1,100 Saginaw County High School students sponsored by Impact Saginaw at the Dow Event Center.

In 2002 at the age of 14, Smart was abducted from her Utah home and held captive for nine months. From her experience living through that experience, she shared valuable insight with the students in attendance.

“When something terrible happens to you, it doesn't have to define you”, she said. “It may shape you, it may mold you, but ultimately you define who you are.”

United States Army Staff Sergeant Travis Mills speaks across the country, motivating others to live by his motto: "Never give up. Never quit."  He was a member of the of the 82nd Airborne on his third tour of duty in Afghanistan, when he was critically injured on April 10, 2012 by an IED l while on patrol, losing portions of both legs and both arms. He is only the fourth quadruple amputee, from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, to survive his injuries.

Thanks to Mills’ amazing strength, courage, incredible will to live, the heroic actions of the men in his unit and the prayers of thousands, Mills has returned to the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, near Washington D.C., where he is on the road to recovery. He continues to astound friends and family alike with his progress and with his amazing spirit.

Impact Saginaw Area Credit Unions is celebrating 5 years of positively impacting the community and was proud to be able to provide high school students from Arthur Hill, Frankenmuth, Freeland, Swan Valley, Merrill, Saginaw High, Heritage, Vassar, Millington, Reese, Valley Lutheran and Nouvel the opportunity to experience in person presentations by Smart and Mills.

Impact Saginaw Area Credit Unions include: Catholic Federal Credit Union, Copoco Community Credit Union, Family First Credit Union, Financial Plus Federal Credit Union, First Area Credit Union, Frankenmuth Credit Union, Generations Family Federal Credit Union, Lake Michigan Credit Union, Saginaw Medical Federal Credit Union, Team One Credit Union, United Financial Credit Union, Wanigas Credit Union and Wildfire Credit Union.

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