Liz Murray, 32, was born into an extremely dysfunctional family in the Bronx. Her earliest memories are of her parents spending their welfare payments on cocaine and heroin when she and her older sister were starving. Murray became homeless at age 16 after her mother died of AIDS, and her father moved to a homeless shelter. Something had to change: “Like my mother, I was always saying, 'I'll fix my life one day.' It became clear when I saw her die without fulfilling her dreams that my time was now or maybe never,” Murray said. Murray then won a New York Times scholarship to attend Harvard. In 2010, Murray released a book, Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard.