School for Advanced Studies Homestead Student Teams with Her Sister to Fight Breast Cancer
Adriana Quesada (left) and Carla Quesada
Miami, November 13, 2012 -
Adriana and Carla Quesada are sisters who attend School for Advanced Studies Homestead Campus and Miami Dade College. They are two very courageous young ladies who took a big gamble to raise money for a good cause. They had a dream that they would rent a facility at their own expense where they could produce dance performances to raise money to fight breast cancer. Adriana and Carla love to dance and so do many of their friends. So why not use something that they love doing to help others who need support?
There was no assurance that they would sell enough tickets to even cover the cost of renting the theatre. It was a big gamble because renting a quality dance venue is not inexpensive and the rental fee had to be paid no matter how many tickets would be sold. Their big gamble paid off. On Sunday, October 21 they were able to raise nearly $5,500 that could be donated to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. After arranging to rent the FIU Wertheim Performing Arts Center, Adriana and Carla were able to convince a lot of their friends who perform with various dance studios in our community to participate in the dance show.
Although Adriana and Carla were both young girls at the time, they remember when they lost their aunt to breast cancer and it has had a big impact on their lives. They speak of their aunt as a beautiful vibrant woman whose life was cut short by the terrible disease of breast cancer. Since that time, the word cancer has terrified them and has always brought them to tears.
It was these strong emotions that motivated Adriana and Carla to take the initiative in creating an event which would raise awareness and aid in the fight to find a cure. They saw this dream through to a successful conclusion and they essentially did it all on their own. A very impressive accomplishment for a high school student and a her sister in college.
Susan G. Komen Passionately Pink for the cure supports lifesaving research education, screening, and treatment programs in the fight to end breast cancer forever. Breast cancer affects 1 out of 8 women in the United States alone. More than 25 million people have been diagnosed around the world and 10 million could die in the next 25 years without a cure.
Komen for the Cure is the world's largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, and ensure quality care for all. For these reasons, the sisters felt that Susan G. Komen was the appropriate agency to direct the proceeds from their benefit. School for Advanced Studies and Miami Dade College are extremely proud of these exceptional young women.