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​​​​Sommer's biological mother and ​father were addicts who would ​often leave her and her siblings alone or ​with strangers when they went out looking for drugs. At one point, her father overdosed on heroin and slipped into a coma. Another time, he aimed a gun at her ​mother and fired, narrowly missing her. Such were the horrors of Sommer's everyday life. When Sommer first came to Boys Town, the idea of a safe, ​supportive family was just an abstraction. Today, Sommer is a college graduate with a bachelor's degree in psychology. She hopes one day to return to Boys Town to help other kids in need.


Sommer's story had a ​happy ending. Help write another one today.

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