November 18th, 2016
Contributing writer for Wake Up World
Looking at Khalil Rafati, the 46-year-old owner of the juice bar chain SunLife Organics, you would never guess his life history. Born in Toledo, Ohio to a Polish Jewish Mother and Muslim father of Palestinian origin, his childhood was peppered with trauma. In a bid to escape sexual abuse and have a fresh beginning, he left his hometown and drove nonstop to Southern California. Through diligent hard work, he climbed the social ladder and began a sports car detailing business — with clients ranging from actors Elizabeth Taylor and Jeff Bridges, to the guitarist for Guns N’ Roses.
But Rafati wasn’t satisfied, and started investing his earnings in the drug trade. Eventually, he fell victim to heroin and began a downward spiral of drug addiction, homelessness and time in prison. After reaching “the bottom of all bottoms,” he had enough. As luck would have it, this wasn’t the end for Rafati, but the beginning of an extraordinary success story fueled by coming clean with superfoods.
Thirteen years ago, Khalil Rafati was addicted to heroin, homeless and living in Los Angeles’ infamous Skid Row. Covered in ulcers, and weighing in at 106 pounds, he was emaciated and sick.
Today he’s a multi-millionaire.
Rafati is now sharing his story to inspire others, chronicling his incredible journey in the book, “I Forgot to Die.”
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