the author and the yogini*

Lee & Me

I was on the edge of my seat to hear Lee Woodruff, author and advocate, as the keynote speaker at the YWCA’s In the Company of Women Luncheon. The event was attended by over 1,000 guests to support YWCA’s mission of eliminating racism and empowering women.

Lee spoke to the group with such eloquent honesty, humor and hope.

Lee Woodruff (author) & Dawn Greenfield (yogini* *a female yoga practioner)

I was very excited to meet Lee and share my passion to deliver yoga services to TBI survivors. What an opportunity – to hand deliver a Yoga Born brochure!

I thanked her for sharing her story and visiting Hartford. I appreciated the authenticity and love expressed throughout Lee’s first book In an Instant which was co-authored with her husband Bob, the ABC News Anchor who was critically injured in Iraq in 2006.

I had not seen any video clips of their story. Video was played during the luncheon that made me cry and laugh. Seeing the family on video added another dimension of bitter reality to the story that one doesn’t know unless you’re personally involved.

Their book put a face on the serious issue of traumatic brain injury among returning Iraq war veterans, as well as the millions of Americans who live with this often invisible, but life-changing affliction.  In the end, it’s a love story; a story about a family, a marriage and a journey to heal.

Together they founded the Bob Woodruff Foundation, to assist wounded servicemen and their families receive the long-term care that they need and help them successfully reintegrate into their communities.  Lee and Bob both continue to speak and raise awareness about the plight of our returning veterans.

“If you want to go far, go together.” ~ African proverb