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Boxing Legend Mia St. John Fights Sobriety, Suicide, And Hollywood

Photo courtesy of Mia St. John

Featured recently on People.com about the suicide of her son and sudden death of the beloved father of her children, Emmy-winning “Young & The Restless” star Kristoff St. John, Mia St. John is a 5-time World Boxing Champion, mental health advocate named by CNN as a “Mental Health Warrior,” and now the author of a new book that chronicles her life, love, and unbearable loss.

Mia released Fighting for My Life: A Memoir about a Mother’s Loss and Grief that chronicles what most people don’t know: that she was battling a lifetime of demons outside the ring while struggling to keep her family together. Mia’s new memoir takes readers through her odyssey of grief and despair. Still, always the fighter, Mia gets up once again and shows the world how to face another day with dignity and determination to live the best life possible.

Mia spent her young life feeling like an outsider while growing up in Idaho and fled to California as soon as she was 18 to leave behind the abuse that came with an alcoholic father. Determined to show the world she was a champion, she moved to Los Angeles to follow her dreams—and ended up meeting the love of her life, television star Kristoff St. John. Together, they created a beautiful family with their children, Julian and Paris, while doing their best to battle their bouts with addiction.

Photo courtesy of Mia St. John

Mia made her pro-debut in boxing in 1997 after signing a lucrative contract with world-famous promoter Don King and accumulated an unheard-of boxing record of nearly 70 pro fights and five world and international titles. She founded the “El Saber Es Poder” Foundation to empower individuals with mental illness, homelessness, addiction, and poverty. She created an innovative, holistic youth development program that addresses the most severe health and social challenges facing Latino youth and their families today. Mia joined forces with Congresswoman Grace F. Napolitano and Metta World Peace (Laker Star Ron Artest) on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., to reintroduce the Mental Health in Schools Act and create awareness and support for mental health initiatives. She spoke at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus and presented the “WBC Goodwill Ambassador” Award from The World Boxing Council.

Mia says of her son, “He was the light of my life, and I will continue to fight for mental health until I take my very last breath,” and CNN named her “Mental Health Warrior.” She is currently working on a film about the failure of our mental health system, exposing the negligence of government-funded programs and facilities in Los Angeles County.

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