Meet the Author

Meet the Author

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Laurada Byers has braved cancer, Parkinson’s disease, and PTSD.

She is the founder of the Russell Byers Charter Schoolwhich she opened in 2001 with her children, Alison Byers and Russell Byers Jr., as a tribute to her late husband, a well-known Philadelphia Daily News columnist who was murdered by her side at a convenience store in 1999.

Laurada is also the founder of Warthog Productions-named after her favorite animal, who unabashedly bears life’s ugly for all to see.

As a published author of  Book of Blessings—Graces from Around the World and Wild Wisdom—A Warthog’s Tale, she connects to contemporary women and men alike through her focus on grief, grit, and gratitude.