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The founders of Project HEAL, Liana Rosenman and Kristina Saffran, met while undergoing treatment for anorexia nervosa at just 15-years-old. The two girls helped each other to reach full recovery, and decided to help others achieve it as well. In the spring of 2008, they founded Project HEAL to raise money for others suffering with eating disorders who want to recover but are unable to afford treatment. Unfortunately, treatment for eating disorders can cost upwards of $30,000 per month, and insurance coverage for eating disorders is severely lacking, leaving many unable to get the help they need. The Brown University chapter was founded by Alexandra Coppa, who suffered from both anorexia and exercise bulimia upon entering college. After two years, she did not have the will to push through the illness anymore and sunk into a depression during which she realized she needed intensive help. Allie underwent treatment at Cambridge Eating Disorder Center for seven weeks during the summer before her junior year at Brown and discharged four days before the fall semester began. Realizing there was no support on campus and understanding that she was not alone in her struggles, Allie reached out and created the chapter at Brown to form a network for all those who believe or hope that a full a recovery is possible.