Bloomingdale Library Attack Survivor Visits Clearwater Marine Aquarium

Here’s the news release from Queena’s family.  For more information, contact: Anna Donato – sister, (813) 956-3822, avdonato1@gmail.com or Vanna Nguyen – mom, (813) 751-5745, vannablue9@yahoo.com
Bloomingdale Library Attack Survivor Scheduled To Make A Splash With Winter The Dolphin
Queena’s attacker to be resentenced in August, but spirits remain high as the survivor schedules a splash session with Winter the Dolphin on May 28
WHAT:
A scheduled wet encounter between aquarium dolphins and Queena to celebrate her 26th birthday and the eight-year anniversary of her incredible survival from a brutal attack at the Bloomingdale Library.
WHO:            
Clearwater Marine Aquarium is open to the public, and Queena’s family welcomes community and media to join in on the fun. After the encounter with her friends Winter and Hope the dolphins, Queena plans to throw an ice cream party for guests at the aquarium immediately following.
WHEN & WHERE:  
Saturday, May 28, 2016, 1:00-3:00 pm
Clearwater Marine Aquarium
249 Windward Passage, Clearwater, FL 33767

 

WHY:
With the uncertainty of the resentencing of her attacker Kendrick Morris looming, Queena looks to community heros Winter and Hope the dolphins to help lift her spirits. Her sister Anna says “this is a very difficult time for our family because we will need to relive the event again and face her attacker, but we are staying positive by continuing to hold fundraisers, celebrate life, and inspire others.” Queena and Winter the Dolphin are both inspirational figures in the community known for their incredible will to survive despite all odds.  Winter herself survived a tragic accident. She lost her tail after being entangled in a crab trap and was rescued by Clearwater Marine Aquarium.
OTHER UPCOMING EVENTS:
Her sister, Anna, has started a 501c3 non-profit organization called Hope Heals The Brain Inc. in hopes to continue raising funds and awareness for families and individuals affected by traumatic brain injury in the Central Florida region. Her first event will be a golf tournament set for Sunday, July 31st at TopGolf in Tampa, FL. She is currently seeking sponsorship and donations for the fundraiser. Topgolf Tampa is one of the country’s few premier three-story golf entertainment complexes. Players hit golf balls containing computer microchips that track each shot’s accuracy and distance while also awarding points for hitting targets on the outfield. The venue offers an upscale, laid-back experience with an impressive food and drink menu. For more information on player registration and sponsorship, contact Anna at avdonato1@gmail.com or visit www.joinqueena.com/fundraisers/.
About the Bloomingdale Library Attack Survivor:
In April 2008, the young woman, formerly known as the Bloomingdale Library Attack Survivor, was brutally raped, beaten and left to die outside of the Bloomingdale Library in Brandon, Florida. Equipped with an incredible will to survive, she did not die that night, and has spent almost eight years working hard to recover from the brutal attack. Queena, now 26 years old, was almost ready to graduate from high school and continue her education on a full scholarship to the University of Florida, but on that night, her life changed in an instant. Queena cannot walk, talk, see or eat on her own, but she is making improvements. She communicates through widening her eyes, smiling and clenching her fists. She requires around-the-clock care and attends daily physical, occupational and experimental therapies to aid her recovery. The recovery process is slow, but very noticeable, as she slowly makes strides toward regaining her own normalcy every day.
Her attacker Kendrick Morris, now 24, was found guilty on all counts and was sentenced to 65 years in prison. Now, Morris could have his sentence reduced due to a U.S. Supreme Court decision stating that sentencing juveniles to life or lengthy sentences in prison is cruel and unusual punishment. The re-sentencing is set to happen sometime in August of this year.
The community can follow Queena’s progress on her website JoinQueena.com.  This website documents Queena’s journey to regaining her life through therapy, faith and love as well as a glimpse to her daily life.  Medicaid covers only $1,500 per year of the Survivor’s physical therapy and speech therapy, while nearly $70,000 is required annually for all of treatments that have helped her make such progress. State funding for her home health care is soon to be cut in half as well. These additional expenses are funded through the generosity of the community and donations from supporters like you. 

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