Heather Egeland, Columbine survivor and advocate for peace.

Heather Egeland was a senior at Columbine when the school shootings occurred in April 1999. After years of feeling alone, she co-founded The Rebel Project to help support people who’ve experienced similar trauma.
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Heather Egeland was a senior at Columbine when the school shootings occurred in April of 1999. Experiencing this traumatic event led to years of feeling isolated and misunderstood.

Following the 2012 theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado, Heather realized other people must also be trying to cope with similar feelings. So Heather and another Columbine survivor founded The Rebels Project, which is dedicated to helping people impacted by mass tragedy or struggling with the lasting effects of trauma. Heather and other members of The Rebels Project meet with survivors from mass shootings across the country.

Heather also serves as the Director of Community Outreach for Phoenix 999, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting survivors of tragedy in ways that only other survivors can understand. Today, Heather has a rewarding career teaching high school English in Aurora, Colorado. She lives with her rescue pup and her husband, Shaun.

*A charitable donation was made on behalf of the author of this letter.

Heather Egeland was a senior at Columbine when the school shootings occurred in April of 1999. Experiencing this traumatic event led to years of feeling isolated and misunderstood.

Following the 2012 theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado, Heather realized other people must also be trying to cope with similar feelings. So Heather and another Columbine survivor founded The Rebels Project, which is dedicated to helping people impacted

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