PLANT CITY — The family of Queena, the Bloomingdale Library Attack Survivor, will hold a Bucs Watch Party and fundraiser starting at 1 p.m. Sunday (Oct. 15) at O'Brien's Irish Pub, 1701 S Alexander St.
The Buccaholics are sponsoring the event and will have several pregrame activities leading up to the 4 p.m. kickoff against the Arizona Cardinals. Included in the activities: a cornhole tournament, raffle and a best-dressed fan contest.
Proceeds will go toward the care of Queena, who has spent more than nine years working hard to recover from the brutal attack that occurred outside the Bloomingdale Library in April 2008. Her assailant left her to die, but she has valiantly fought through difficulties to carry on.
Queena, now 27, cannot walk, talk, see or eat on her own, but she's 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 makes strides toward regaining her own normalcy every day.
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 the treatments that have helped Queena 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.
The community can follow Queena's progress at JoinQueena.com. The site documents Queena's journey to regaining her life through therapy, faith and love, as well as a glimpse into her daily life.