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The story of Victoria Ruvolo's resilience has been making news since some kids out on a night of joyriding in November 2004 threw a frozen turkey out of their car and it went through Victoria's windshield, destroying both the windshield and her face and leaving her near death as theydrove away.

Doctors predicted that if she did live, she would never be fully functional again - she would need a caretaker. The District Attorney on Long Island , where the event occurred, wanted the maximum prison term for the teen who had actually tossed the turkey - between 25 and 40 years. ??Vicky is the personification of resilience. She survived, she healed, she convinced the DA and the judge that 6 months in jail, five years probation, and one year of community service would probably produce a far better result for society than turning a stupid kid into a hardened criminal.

Victoria went on to work alongside her attacker, Ryan Cushing, in the Suffolk County TASTE program for at-risk kids. Instead of one year community service, Ryan did three yrs at Victoria 's side where they inspired other kids to pick up where he left off talking to kids about the decisions they make. ?

Together with Attorney / Psychologist  Robert Goldman, J.D., Psy.D., Vicky has now written a book about her experiences, and how her experiences impacted Robert and his program. “No Room For Vengeance” is due out fall 2011.

Named Beliefnet's Most Inspiring Person of 2005, Victoria Ruvolo is resilience.

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