PHOENIX - A valley woman is turning a negative into a positive and trying to change lives. Twenty-one-year-old Ruby Munoz is helping other girls feel more comfortable in their own skin.
It wasn't too long ago that the idea of being with a large group of her peers debilitated her.
“When I was 13 and 14, I was like. I don't want to go outside. I don't want to see people. I couldn’t even eat in front of people,” said Munoz.
But after a long journey, she's grown up. Now she's confident nothing will stand in the way of her dream job of becoming an EMT.
“I want to be with the firefighters and I want to help people in my situation,” said Munoz.
At just 3 years old, over 90 percent of her body was burnt in a fire.
“I had plenty of times where I was just sitting in the hospital and I just was like i don't want to be here. I just want to be like other kids,” said Munoz.
But it was one specific encounter that made Ruby take a whole new perspective on her situation.
“You don't realize--when you meet someone that impacted your life...you make changes because you met someone influential,” said Munoz.
And that person was Lisa Cartelli, founder of Angel Face. It’s a group that brings young girls, scarred with burns, together.
“Even in her situation when was a lot like ours...she's changed everything around. She helps a lot of girls like us be comfortable in our own skin,” said Munoz.
Now she's helping other girls from as far away as London love everything about their body.
“Obviously she's been there herself. So she's given me advice on how to cope and tips on how to deal with things,” said Bianca Saunders, burn victim.
"Even though it might seem awful and horrible at the moment. You can get past it," said Munoz.
And in the end you'll find yourself stronger.
Ruby is headed to an Angel Face Leadership Conference in San Diego. She will be there with other girls who also suffer from burns. Angel Face has been helping more than 200 girls for the last 10 years.
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