Young athlete looks to rejoin team in a new way
By Alexander Someillan
Cross country runners build strength and stamina through training and a diligent work ethic, but Danny Quesada, more affectionally known as DQ, builds his strength from the monster within.
His entire life, Danny Quesada has had to deal with the daily struggles of being diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. This devastating disease causes Danny to monitor his daily physical exertion. Due to this, Danny was unable to continue to pursue his dream: cross-country running.
At the age of 16, Danny Quesada was forced to leave Christopher Columbus High School and go to Maryland in pursuit of further treatment. “Cross-Country is my passion. When I found out that I had to stop running, it was devastating,” said Danny Quesada, Cross Country Runner.
In Maryland, Danny stayed in contact with all of his friends, and most importantly his mentor and coach Eric Pino. “One day I texted Danny asking him if he would be able to run his senior year,” Said Mr. Eric Pino “he told me that it wasn’t looking so good, but I knew that he was not going to leave this team.”
Immediately after that, Mr. Pino brainstormed as to what Danny can do to continue to contribute to the team.
“He asked me to become a Coach. I knew it was the only way I could remain on the team, so I told Coach Pino that I was in,” said Danny Quesada.
As soon as Danny returned from Maryland to Columbus High School for his senior year, he became Coach DQ. He began attending every single practice as a coach. Whether it was timing players or giving players quick tips, Danny always made sure that he was doing anything he could to give the runners the extra push they needed to win their races.
“The doctors know the disease, but they don’t know Danny,” said Mike Quesada, Danny’s father.
With a zest for life and a never say never attitude, Coach DQ truly proves that life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.
with contributions by Lukas Guerra, Marcus Callegari, and Kevin Reyes