LAUREN SCRUGGS KENNEDY
In December 2011, Lauren’s life was forever changed. Her calendar paused, her career path changed, and her platform increased after a night of injury, or what she subconsciously defined at the time as a “ depletion of beauty”. She was sucked into a plane propeller; the blade cut into her brain and the left side of her body, resulting in the loss of her left eye and left hand. The support she received from the city of Dallas and throughout the nation filled her with humbled gratefulness. Lauren began to realize that brokenness can be beautiful, even amidst unexpected suffering and pain.
After her accident, Lauren was in the rare situation of her insurance covering the entire cost of her cosmetic prosthesis, designed by Advanced Arm Dynamics and ARTech Laboratory. She thought this was typical until she hosted the “Beautifully Flawed Retreat” with Bethany Hamilton in 2013. It was there that she met other young women who also had tragic stories of injury, but different stories of obtaining prosthetic limbs that helped in their healing and feeling of wholeness. Many of these women either disliked their unnatural looking prosthesis, could not get one because of the high cost, or were unaware of where to go to receive a beautiful, customized silicone covering for their prosthesis. Lauren began to pray and ask the Lord how she could help those who desired to have a natural looking prosthesis, but could not afford the full cost and at the same time building relationships and sharing the message of true beauty found only in Christ. Two years later, her vision for a faith based foundation became reality as The Lauren Scruggs Kennedy Foundation was formed.
Lauren became the bride of Jason Kennedy in 2014 , which also made her a new resident to beautiful California. She is a lifestyle blogger, author of “Still LoLo” and “Your Beautiful Heart”, and launched her hair product “Stranded” in December 2016.
Lisa lost her leg below the knee in a motorcycle accident at the age of 16. At that time there had been very few advances in the field of prosthetic limbs. Even through years of pain and struggle and many prostheses, the Lord continued to provide physical and emotional healing. Much of this healing came over 30 years after her accident when she had a wonderful fitting prosthesis made by AAD in Dallas, along with a beautiful, silicone covering by ARTech Laboratory. For the first time her “natural” looking leg provided a new perspective in many areas. Self conscious attitudes turned to confidence as she began having fun with clothes, shoes, pedicures, and even trying to surf. She realized that there were many people, and even prosthetists, that didn’t have the correct information available to them about custom silicone on a lower limb prosthesis. Lisa began to ask the Lord to use her story of brokenness and restoration to bring purpose from pain in the lives of others. She is amazed at the opportunity to work with the LSK Foundation while sharing her faith in Jesus Christ.
Lisa lives in Georgetown, Texas with Jim, her husband since 1981. After a career in the medical field and teaching high school, Lisa loves this new season of life and especially time with her grandchildren. She also serves as an advisor to the Friends of Bethany Hamilton Foundation and is passionate about encouraging women of all ages, sharing with them that the Gospel is "beautiful" in the midst of anyone's story.
Ashley became a below the knee amputee at age 8, when the Amtrak train she was riding collided with a semi-truck in March of 1999. Ashley lost her mother, two friends, and niece in the accident, and her right foot was amputated. Over the years, Ashley had amazing prostheses that allowed her to do everything from play sports to wear high heels, but until meeting Lauren in 2014, she didn’t know that it was possible to have a prosthesis that looked identical to her other leg. Since receiving her silicone prosthetic covering from ARTech in 2015, Ashley has experienced the confidence and healing that can come from wearing a lifelike prosthesis. She is so excited to be able to work with Lauren and Lisa in providing silicone prosthetic coverings and in sharing the hope of Jesus Christ to girls and women across the country.
Ashley is a mental health therapist and is working toward a specialization in play therapy + activity therapy with children and adolescents who have experienced trauma and physical injury. She and her husband Brooks live in Dallas, Texas with their tribe of rescue and foster dogs.