97-Year-Old Teacher Inspires Others to Write an Autobiography and Wins LifeBio.com Award

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Vi Gura, age 97, of Sun City Center, Florida has won the first LifeBio.com Outstanding Volunteer Award for teaching LifeBio 101 autobiography classes.

Vi Gura, age 97, of Sun City Center, Florida has won the first LifeBio.com Outstanding Volunteer Award for teaching LifeBio 101 autobiography classes.

"LifeBio revived my dream of still teaching! I'm a volunteer, but the biggest pay I get is when people come to me and show me their finished books. There is so much happiness and lasting friendships too." said Gura. Gura began teaching the LifeBio 101 classes at age 94, resulting in more than 70 residents from Sun Towers and Sun City Center recording their own life stories with a do-it-yourself autobiography template and interactive discussions.

Gura brought a bell to each class. She remembers using her grandmother's bell during all her 27 years of teaching social studies and literature to 7th and 8th graders in Illinois. Gura put that bell to good use again at Sun Towers' in the autobiography classes with participants ages 65 to 105. "Once they started talking, sometimes they would just go on an on. So I had to ring the bell so everyone had a chance to share," Gura added with a laugh.

"Vi Gura is awe inspiring," said Michele Hannigan, a participant in Sun Towers' LifeBio class. "She has a way of making you feel that your life is worthwhile. It is really worth putting down on paper for others to feel and experience…to know you better. It just all came together and it was therapeutic too. It has been an amazing and wonderful journey. Someday other generations will enjoy what we've worked so hard to accomplish."

Gura was presented with the first LifeBio Outstanding Volunteer Award. LifeBio recognized her commitment to teaching the step-by-step LifeBio process that has been vital in encouraging people to write in the autobiography template. LifeBio is offered throughout the U.S. and Canada to individuals, organizations, or communities of all types that are committed to building relationships while capturing life stories--promoting health and wellness along the way.

For more information on LifeBio or Vi Gura, please contact Beth Sanders at 937-303-4574. Visit http://www.lifebio.com for more information.

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