Arthur died suddenly from a heart condition when Liz was only 15-years-old, the same year Liz lost her mother. Despite this devastating loss, Liz identifies her relationship with Arthur in early adolescence as the catalyst behind her courage to return to school, while homeless.
Liz says, “Arthur’s voice became the voice in my head that I used to speak to myself whenever it was time to have courage, to take a risk and to reach for something higher. He was gone, but he was still with me, helping me make the right choices. In that way, he will always be with me.”
Today, Liz Murray is a passionate advocate for underserved youth. She believes that when it comes to a child facing even the most extreme adversity, it is having a strong relationship with at least one caring, dedicated adult that can make all the difference.
Liz graduated from Harvard in 2009 and is currently completing her Masters degree in the Psychology of Education at Columbia University. She is the Co-founder and an active member of The Arthur Project Board of Directors, a New York Times bestselling author, and a traveling keynote speaker with the Washington Speakers Bureau. Liz and her husband James live in New York City. They are the proud parents of two young children, Maya, and William-Arthur.