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Beaten, raped, and left for dead at age 18, this survivor's smile and laugh will warm your heart. Her story needs to be told.
Beaten, raped, and left for dead at age 18, this survivor's smile and laugh will warm your heart. Her story needs to be told.
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Early in 2013, I was reading the local newspaper (something I rarely do) and came across an article about this amazing survivor, Queena. Having just turned 18 two days prior, and only weeks from graduating high school before moving on to a full scholarship at University of Florida, Queena was brutally beaten, raped, and left for dead while returning books to the community library. Her unconscious body was found behind the building later when friends and family came to search for her. She survived, yes. But her dreams of the future were drastically changed. 

Now, six years later at age 24--a time when she should be close to graduating college and starting a new career and new life--Queena is still confined to an electric wheelchair, unable to speak, walk, or eat solid foods. Her vision is impaired, but her hearing and mind are sharp, and despite these obstacles, she's made great strides from the coma and multiple strokes she suffered from the strangulation during the attack.

 Touched by Queena's story, I found her website and made note of a local fundraiser, which allowed me to meet this special survivor and her Mom, who is her sole caregiver. When Vanna (Queena's mom) learned I was a writer, she was interested to know if Queena's story had a purpose in the world. And I assured her it most definitely did. I can't help but feel this connection was meant to be from the very beginning, and can think of no better way to use my skill and time then to help share Vanna's memoir of Queena's brave journey with the world. 

 As you can imagine, funds are tight for Queena and her family since she requires round the clock care. My wish is not for personal gain in telling Queena's story, but it is, in fact, a job that requires time away from other sources of income. The more time I can dedicate to only this project, the sooner I will finish it. Book sales from this project will undoubtedly help fund Queena's daily therapy and medical necessities, and will become a valuable income for a patient who is forced to rely on government assistance because of the cost of having round the clock care. Also, as the family lives in the next town over, it does require me to make a lengthy commute back and forth to meet--something which they're unable to do with the current state of their vehicle that requires a motorized lift. I'd love to be able to assist them in getting this repaired, or at least doing whatever possible to make our collaboration as painless as possible for them. Despite this horrific tale, there is so much light and goodness to share. Angels around the community and globe have sent words of hope, prayer, donations, acts of service, and love to Queena and her family. We are not only raising money for this project, but raising awareness of violence against women, brain injuries, and self-defense. 

Queena's story is not meant to be one of nightmares, but one of hope and courage--how love can mend a broken spirit, and how even during our darkest hour, love will be the light. Please help me see this project to fruition and become one of Queena's angels. 

Her story deserves to be told and I just know supporters around the globe will show love for this brave mother and daughter. 

 Visit http://joinqueena.com for more on Queena and her family. 

 Visit http://down-the-rabbithole.com for more on PK Hrezo and her work.

Risks and challenges

The goal is to write and publish Queena's story for the world to read and share her journey, but as always, in creating a publishable book, delays can arise in getting it just right. From first draft to final draft, the story can take up to six months or more, depending on all being in agreement. If Queena's mother is at anytime not satisfied with my ability to tell the story, she is under no obligation to pay me and I will leave her with what I've accomplished so far.

Publication must then be agreed upon and if traditional publishing is not possible, all efforts will be placed into independently publishing this story.

If for some unexpected reason I'm unable to complete the task of a final draft agreeable by all, I will find an author to connect with Queena's mother who will be interested, or leave Queena's mother in charge of choosing someone to finish.

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