Elizabeth Smart's Road to Happiness

Revisit her inspiring journey from kidnap victim to heroic advocate to new mom


Smart, who contributed to a Department of Justice pamphlet for young survivors of abduction, is recognized as one of four winners of PEOPLE's 2008 Heroes Among Us Award. "I want people to read what I wrote and hopefully feel inspired to move on with their life. It's very hard to live through. A kidnapping is very hard. I'm just trying to do what I can, hopefully, to make a difference." In 2011, she establishes the Elizabeth Smart Foundation to focus on protecting children from falling victim to kidnapping and sexual crimes.