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Join this fun benefit to raise funds for the Bloomingdale Library Survivor and nonprofit foundation, Hope Heals the Brain! The Hope Classic participants will enjoy an all-American buffet, private cash bar, 50/50 raffle, silent auction, as well as a top-notch Topgolf experience.
Volunteers organizing a golf tournament fundraiser are seeking participants and sponsors for an upcoming event on July 31st for the Bloomingdale Library Attack Survivor
Join Queena supports the ALS Association and accepts the ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE!
Help Queena continue her art therapy by sponsoring a session!
Title Boxing Club offers to host another fundraiser for Queena on September 27th to help pay for Hormone Replacement Therapy
Queena attended a week-long dolphin assisted therapy program at Island Dolphin Care, in Key Largo, Florida.
Race scheduled for May 17 at E.G. Simmons Park in Ruskin
Community Gathers to ‘Fight for Queena’ at Second Annual Self-Defense Event Title Boxing Club Brandon to Host Empowering ‘Hot Ninja Defenders’ Program for Women
Title Boxing Club Brandon to Host Empowering ‘Hot Ninja Defenders’ Program for Women. As they learn to properly jab, punch and evade, the thought of a young woman who experienced the terrible tragedy of a similar attack will never be far from their minds.
For Immediate Release: Queena’s Golf Scramble being held to raise funds for wheelchair accessible van
Powerhouse Gym near Channelside will open its doors Saturday for a two-hour “Let’s Dance for Queena” Zumbathon event. In addition to a great workout, the Zumbathon will have basket drawings, raffle prizes, a silent auction and more!
On January 11, 2014, Powerhouse Gym in Channelside will open its doors for a “Let’s Dance for Queena” Zumbathon event!!
Title Boxing Club in Brandon will open its doors on Saturday to teach a self-defense class in Queena’s honor. The one-hour class will incorporate more self-defense techniques than usual and also include a warm-up and cool-down.
Title Boxing Club in Brandon will open its doors for a “Fighting for Queena” Self-Defense Fundraising Event on June 20th!
Grillsmith will graciously open it’s doors to the community on Saturday in honor of the Bloomingdale Library Survivor. A $20 donation is requested at the door. Hors d’oeuvres will be provided along with Happy Hour prices on cocktails.
06.21.13 sparks new friendships and fundraisers from the community! With the recent reveal of the website and the unveiling of Queena’s name and face, community supporters can put an image and a person with the woman they’ve been hoping for all along.
Under a sunny sky, 5K4Q race participants and many sponsors came together generating approximately $7,925 for Queena.
The East Bay High School SGA needs the support of the community to make the 5K and one mile fun run a success. The money raised will help with the cost of "Q's" rehabilitation and medical expenses.
Student volunteers from East Bay High School’s Student Government Association are making last-minute preparations to host the second annual 5K4Q Run at E.G. Simmons Park.
The woman we've come to know as the Bloomingdale Library Attack Survivor turns 23 years old on Monday. Her birthday party, held at Keel and Curley Winery, was a great occassion full of support from the community.
On Saturday, family and friends will celebrate Queena's birthday! The event will be held from 1:00-5:00 pm at Keel & Curley Winery in Plant City. The birthday party is sure to offer a few surprises including special surprise you won’t want to miss!
04.15.13 is a new website that documents Queena’s journey to regaining her life through therapy, faith and love. The website includes never before seen family photos, doctors’ and therapists’ notes, and insights from Queena’sfamily and friends on her recovery.
We will be celebrating 23 beautiful years as well as the 5 year anniversary of her inspiring survival!
On Saturday, May 18, 2013, the East Bay High School Student Government Association is hosting the second annual 5K4Q Run at E.G. Simmons park. The purpose of the event is to raise money for the Bloomingdale Library Survivor.
The student government at East Bay High School -- where the attack survivor was a student -- have rallied around her.
Join us for a very special birthday party for Queena!
Members of East Bay High School's Student Government Association are putting everything they have into "5K4Q." It's an event to raise money for the family and medical care of a former student who was attacked outside the Bloomingdale Regional Library nearly five years ago.
This past April, an incoming UF freshman was attacked and left in serious condition. She was dropping library books off at her local library when the incident occurred.
Throughout the Tampa Bay area, people of all ages are offering support to a teen who was raped and left for dead near the Bloomingdale library. A list of events is in Friday's North of Tampa story, reprinted below. They include this fundraiser on Saturday, Sept. 20: Tampa Has Talent, a variety show, 7 p.m., Wesley Chapel Center for the Arts at Wesley Chapel High School, 30651 Wells Road. $10 donation. To reserve seats, call (727) 277-2596 or e-mail library at