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A Beautiful Story

Chloe was born with a severe foot deformity.  She has had numerous operations and faced daunting challenges but has always met each hurdle with emotional strength and grace.  

In 2014, Chloe was a victim of assault and bullying at her high school. Six months later, she had the courage to begin telling her story. She met Bono who spoke powerful words about fighting injustice.  This became a turning point for Chloe and would mark a recovery story that builds in strength with each re-telling.

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I Met Bono. He changed my Life

I’ll never forget the time I met Bono. He locked his attention onto me and spoke a truth that changed the course of my life. He told me that when my words are right and true, my voice can be like a punch. Not a physical punch, but a verbal punch, supported by the voices of many. These words changed my life, and inspired me to speak out. I am silent no more.

I refuse to to be invisible.

Read Transcript with Bono

Chloe:

“This was a hard year for me. I was assaulted at my high school. I was born with a deformed foot. Some girls held me down, took off my shoe and mocked my foot. It was really hard.”

Bono:

“Injustice. What happened to you was an injustice.”

Chloe:

“About the same time that this happened to me, your single ‘Invisible’ came out. The words of that song spoke to me. They inspired me to not feel as invisible. I wanted the ability to stand up for myself. Your song helped me do that. I wanted them to know I had a voice.”

Bono:

“People ask me if I get nervous when I speak to leaders of the world about injustice. No, I don’t get nervous, because I carry the voices of the many. Like a big, powerful punch collected with all the energy of the world. You have to use that power when you tell your story.”

Chloe:

“I like that.”

               At this moment you could see the whole story wash over him.

Bono:

“The logic of the universe bends towards love. When you are right, (When you have truth) and tell your story, it can give you that power. When you are right, you HAVE the Power. You have to use that power to fight injustice.”

Bono:

“What is your passion, Chloe?”

Chloe:

“I’m still working on that.”

Bono:

“That’s ok. It’s a good place to be. We have a prayer in our family. It’s a simple prayer that states  that we are available for work. Whether we say that prayer in the Pub or at home, when we make ourselves available for work, we are more open for what we may be called to do.”

Chloe:

“I love Jesus… and I know you do too.”

Bono (Smiling):

“You stay available for work, and the work will wash over you.”

Chloe:

“I wanted to thank you for being a good role model. Our generation needs better role models.”

Bono (Laughs):

“If you really knew me, Chloe, you wouldn’t say that. But Thank you.”

      He then signed and personalized our guitar and took a picture with us. It was a very meaningful connection and changed my life.

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Video courtesy of Omaze and (RED). Many Thanks to Bono!

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