Krystian's Kolumn: A Great Trip to Harpers Ferry, WV and Shining Scars Reaches 1,000 Kids

By Connect Clarksburg Staff | November 04, 2017
"Be stubborn about your goals, and flexible about your methods."

It’s such a fun time of year, with Halloween and treats to give out this week; I couldn’t help dressing up and decorating pumpkins!
Fall is my favorite time; it leads into all of the best holidays that bring family and friends together. The past couple of weeks have been filled with fall fun and celebratory milestones. I travelled to Harpers Ferry, WV for a fall photo shoot with Shannon from Sweet Caroline Photography. If you haven’t made the trip, please schedule one immediately. The town is a national park and truly a treasure in our beautiful mountain state.
People were wandering around from all over the world, taking leisurely strolls on the bricked streets, tasting authentic apple cider or strolling along the side of the river that runs just a few feet away from the main street. I absolutely loved everything about this quaint town and my photographer was just as charming. Follow me on Instagram for pictures from our shoot.
With all of my travels in the past weeks, from Virginia and back and then up to Harpers Ferry, coming home to good news truly was the icing on top of my gluten free cake. (Wink wink) Last week my first batch of paperback books for Cuddles for Clefts finally arrived! All 360 books were picked up and I made time to sign each one before mailing out to the lovely Krista at Cuddles for Clefts in Texas. This donation made it possible for Shining Scars to exceed our goal of reaching 1,000 children healing with scars this year.
At first I couldn’t believe that it really happened, over the years our outreach has changed lives and stood up for those who are stigmatized by their scars. And in the past few years, I have seen our platform grow nationally and now this year moving on to an international presence. All while being a full time WVU student and maintaining my weekend job.
As hard as it is to juggle college life and a nonprofit, I believe in what I started and have faith in the growing power Shining Scars will have in the future. My week was celebrated further by finding out that I am going to see Lady Gaga in concert in November! And my Channel Kindness story on the nonprofit Gro Huntington, Gro Where You Are Planted, has been released on Channel Kindness via You Tube and their site
Please give 5 minutes of your day to support me as a Reporter by watching and sharing my touching story on one woman’s kindness in a city ravaged by the opioid epidemic. This small town girl truly appreciates her community, friends and family.

Krystian Leonard is the president and founder of the non-profit "Shinning S.C.A.R.S.". She is an award-wining author and a reporter for Channel Kindness.  Krystian is a graduate of Robert C. Byrd High School and attends West Virginia University. To contact Krystian, you can email her at or visit

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