Rebecca is also the founder of ClaimRED, a non-profit organization dedicated to bringing dignity, hope and healing to victims of human trafficking. She continues to speak out for the oppressed, to educate communities on the plight of millions in bondage, and to inspire individuals and organizations as to the power of one person to change the world. “Believe in the possible,” says Rebecca. “You may not have all the answers to your predicament, but you DO have the ability to rise above it. Regardless of the situation you are in, you can find a productive way out. I know this, because I not only survived tyranny — I overcame it. It is possible to be victorious over challenges.”
Another challenge recently in Rebecca’s life has been her daughter Natalia’s journey with the medical world. Natalia was born with a congenital nevis on her face. After a long and emotional search, we finally found a “Pediatric Reconstructive Specialist” who was able to treat her. With this type of birthmark, laser therapy would lighten the color, but would not reduce the risk of it turning cancerous. After careful consideration, it was decided that the skin needed to be removed all together. The surgeon would insert special expansion balloons around the exterior of the birth mark as well as behind her ear. The balloons would be expanded each week until there would be enough extra skin to remove the entire birthmark and graft in the new skin.
When Natalia was 7 months old, she had a biopsy done to insure that there was no abnormal or cancerous growth. Her specialist continued to check her consistently to monitor the skin, until her body was big enough to begin the surgery process. Natalia has been in and out of surgery every few months from November 2009 through April 2012. Just over a month ago, she had her last, and final skin graft done. All of the nevis has now been removed.
Rebecca grew up in a society that taught so much fear of the outside world, clearly making it understood that it wasn’t IF, but WHEN the outside world would hurt her. Ten years ago she hoped that there was any goodness in the world outside the FLDS. Witnessing the miracle that has been given to her daughter through the hands of those she once thought would hurt her, has been one of the most tender, inspiring, and precious experiences of her life.
She is thankful to all those who have worked behind the scenes to make the miracle for her daughter possible, to the doctors and staff who so lovingly care for so many, her daughter included. Rarely do those who give so much see the faces of the families whose lives are forever changed by their kindness and contribution. With all her heart, she thanks you…..