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Born in New Yorker in 1980, Liz Murray did not have the best start in life. Both her parents were drug-addicted with HIV. They tried their best to look after her, however at the age of 15 Liz lost her mother to AIDS and became homeless after her father moved into a homeless shelter.

Fending for herself and looking after her sister, Murray battled on to earn a living in an attempt to keep a roof over their heads.

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Thora Birch played Liz Murray in the 2003 movie about her life: Homeless to Harvard

Her life began to move forward after she began attending the Humanities Preparatory Academy in Chelsea, Manhattan. Murray managed to graduate in only 2 years and was subsequently awarded a New York Times scholarship for needy students so that she could afford to accept the position she had achieved at Harvard University.

Further obstacles came her way when her father became sick in 2003. She left Harvard to care for him and resumed her education at the much closer Columbia University until 2006.

Her father succumbed to AIDS in May 2008, and before long she was back at Harvard once again working towards her degree.

HOMELESS-TO-HARVARD-Now fully graduated, Liz Murray works as a professional speaker, representing the Washington Speakers Bureau.

The incredible inner strength that she has demonstrated throughout her entire life is now put to further good work, transforming the lives of others. Individuals, student groups and business audiences all gain inspiration from her story and words of motivation as she travels the country talking to those that need to overcome their own personal obstacles.

In 2011, her autobiography Breaking Night: My Journey from Homeless to Harvard became a New York Times Bestseller.

[Images: Huffington Post, Sunyocc.edu]

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