Recovering Anorexics Found Project HEAL | The Fix
facebook twitter RSS
HOT TOPICS: Alcoholism  Addiction  AA  Cocaine  Heroin

Recovering Anorexics Found Project HEAL

Two young women who met in an eating disorder clinic found a non-profit to help others.


Liana and Kristina want to help those who can't
afford treatment. Photo via

By Valerie Tejeda


| Share

Two college students who bonded while in treatment together for anorexia, have founded a non-profit called HEAL to fund treatment for others suffering from eating disorders. Back in 2006, Liana Rosenman, 21, and Kristina Saffron, 20, met in an eating disorder treatment facility in Long Island, New York. During treatment and afterwards, they leaned on each other for support—often helping each other stick to their diet plans and resist counting calories. Now Rosenman, who's studying special education at Hofstra Univeristy in New York, and Saffron, who's studying psychology at Harvard, are healthy and in recovery—and working to help others recover through the non-profit organization they founded: Project HEAL (Help to: Eat, Accept, and Live), which they founded along with a friend, Becky Allen. The women have raised over $180,000 through fundraisers, donations, and grants—so far, they have sent seven women and girls to top of the line eating disorder programs. "We were really lucky in that our insurance paid for most of our treatment, and our parents could pay the rest," says Kristina. "But we saw people who really wanted it and couldn't afford it and ended up relapsing. So one day, we were talking, sort of idealistically, and we said, 'We should do something,' and we planned our first fundraiser." Project HEAL now has ten chapters at colleges across the US.  Says Rosenman: "Seeing that we really can give someone their life back—that makes it all worth it."

Rehabilitation Directories

Most Popular
Sober Living
PMS: A Natural Threat to Sobriety

I remember slamming things around the kitchen one night and feeling like I’d lost my mind. I was angry about something so minor, I literally can’t remember what it was and I don’t know that I knew then either

The Rehab Review
Cliffside Malibu

The “beach-house-relaxed” Cliffside Malibu claims to provide an oasis for recovering addicts and alcoholics. And that’s just what you'll get—if you’ve got the cash.

Morningside Recovery

For a “rehab near the beach” experience that isn’t quite as costly as similar SoCal competitors, head to this Newport Beach treatment facility.

AToN Center

Whether you’re interested in the 12 Steps, SMART Recovery, or holistic treatments, this luxurious, appealing and commendable 4.5 star (our system doesn't yet show the 1/2 star) San Diego rehab has a program for you. 


This exclusive Northern California rehab is all about client choice—as well as golf outings, Buddhist field trips and keeping up with the office.

Capo By The Sea

Capo By The Sea offers an executive rehab program complete with medical detox and a focus on dual-diagnosis issues, as well as an outpatient option in an environment that exudes the kind of beach house optimism one would expect from an Orange County recovery outfit.

Journey Malibu

Want many of the luxury amenities A-listers have come to expect—including an enormous backyard with a pool and patio, an herb garden, a volleyball net and a spectacular vista of the Santa Monica mountains—with a recovery program to match?

The Ultimate Guide to Rehab

What you need to know when choosing an addiction treatment center.

the fix tv