Fundraising for a cure
As we are always told, we often take things for granted. We don’t always appreciate what we have and that can be harmful to ourselves and others. But for senior Danny Quesada, he has been appreciative of what he can do in the moment. Danny has been struggling with Cystic fibrosis, a genetic disorder that affects mostly the lungs. Symptoms include trouble breathing and constant mucus.
Naturally as a Columbus Explorer, Danny has always been big in school spirit. Before the fibrosis, Danny ran for the Columbus Cross Country team, which was his passion. After the symptoms, Danny had to stop running, but decided to take up the offer head coach Eric Pino gave him, to help coach the team. Danny has been present at all the meets, leading the team from a different angle, with an IV always ready in hand.
To receive the right treatment, Danny must make the move from Miami to North Carolina, and to help with all the costs for his lungs transplant, his family had a great idea. The Lime Mexican Grill in Downtown Dadeland and Doral was giving part of its profits to Danny’s fund for the transplant.
The Columbus administration came up with a great idea before Danny left to UNC. They had checked with the state of Florida, the school district, and many more officials to make sure he could graduate a little earlier than everyone else. It was a success, as the seniors were taken to the basketball gym to witness “DQ” receive his diploma in cap and gown. It was a great moment for Danny and the whole Columbus community behind him. Danny’s back is covered by thousands of people. He has a way of adapting to difficult situations, his daily routine, which includes hours of aerosol treatments, chest physiotherapy, and taking many different medicines, does take a toll on him. As he gets older, he is realizing that his life is different from others around him.
The transplant is very expensive, so they have set up a donation page for anybody who wishes to help the cause: https://cota.org/campaigns/COTAforTeamDannyQ/blog/our-story#.XEyav0ve7o6.facebook . All help is appreciated, as it will not be an easy move for Danny and his mom to UNC.