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Cheryl Miller

Episode #29

How to turn Tragedy into Triumph

With Guest, Cheryl Miller




Cheryl Miller founded a thriving equine-assisted services organization with her daughter, Dawn, in 1986 in central Indiana called Agape Therapeutic Riding Resources. Agape began as a summer program in partnership with Indiana University’s Bradford Woods and quickly grew to serving over 1,000 kids with various disabilities each summer. Then Cheryl experienced unimaginable loss when Dawn was tragically killed in a domestic violence incidence. Cheryl was critically injured during the shooting and miraculously survived. In today’s episode, Cheryl shares her story and shares the key to turning any tragedy into triumph. She teaches us that nothing is ever wasted and that God can use all things for good.

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Cheryl Miller

Cheryl A. Miller formerly Cheryl Ann Percifield was born in Austin, Texas and raised in Indianapolis, IN. She received her BS degree from Indiana University in Bloomington and a MS degree from IUPUI in Indianapolis. She taught school for twenty years at Heritage Christian School and while there became an NILD educational therapist. She then initiated an NILD program that provides a therapeutic intervention approach for students with learning differences. Cheryl became a PATH-International certified therapeutic riding instructor and she, along with her daughter, Dawn, started a summer therapeutic riding program for children with physical mental and emotional challenges, as well as children with terminal illnesses. After her daughter’s tragic death, Cheryl and her family developed Agape Therapeutic Riding Resources, Inc. as a year round program in Cicero, Indiana. Cheryl was the executive director of Agape for twenty years. During that time, Cheryl won numerous awards for her work with Agape. Cheryl and her husband, Jerry, now reside in Florida with some of her family. A portion of all the sales of this book will benefit the participants of Agape Therapeutic Riding Resources, Inc.

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