In his song Anthem, the late songwriter and poet Leonard Cohen sings “Ring the bells that still can ring; Forget your perfect offering; There is a crack, a crack in everything; That’s how the light gets in.” Every life has its cracks—some small, some medium, some large. Our challenge is coping with those cracks when they emerge, doing our best to let that light in. Blanca Merced has done just that. Blanca spent much of her childhood in foster care and, today, is thriving.  


Blanca Merced lives with her family in Johnston, Rhode Island.