Kate Redenbaugh: ‘You Hold The Key To Free Yourself’

By Sophie Whisnant
Star-News, Wilmington, N.C.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) To help others who battle anorexia, 16 year old Kate Redenbaugh founded her jewelry company, “Unlocked” which combines her love of crafts and photography. She donates 25 percent of the profits to the National Eating Disorders Association.

Star-News, Wilmington, N.C.

Name: Kate Redenbaugh, 16

Who she is: At age 16, young entrepreneur Kate Redenbaugh has been through more than most. But she’s powered through the dark times, founding a business to help those like her.

At 14-years-old Kate was diagnosed with anorexia. Sneaking excessive workouts after long cross country practices led to her dropping to a dangerously low weight of 93 pounds. This sent Kate through a series of treatment facilities for about four and a half months.

“Even though I was physically recovered I still had a lot of mental work to do,” Kate said. “Recovery is never truly over.”

Kate has relied on her faith and relationship with God to conquer the inner “bully” in her head and discover her worth, and she’s relied on her Christianity as a source of strength.

To help others that battle anorexia, Kate founded her jewelry company, Unlocked, which combines her love of crafts and photography. She donates 25 percent of the profits to the National Eating Disorders Association.

Aside from running a business, Kate loves playing ukulele and singing. She’s also a talented runner, making it to regional and state championships for both cross country and track at Hoggard High School.

“(I) basically run every day,” Kate said. “It keeps me calm, it keeps me focused, it just makes me feel strong”

Why she does what she does: “I’ve always been motivated to help others,” Kate said. “Ever since I was really little when people asked me what I wanted to do when I grew up I’ve always said I wanna help somebody in some way.”

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