With each passing day, Queena doesn't just live, she thrives.
"When she smiles, it lights up the room. Makes you want to smile," said Zumba instructor Heather Rollert.
It's been six years since she was attacked outside the Bloomingdale Regional Library, where she suffered a traumatic brain injury. Her plans, her dreams, her life would change, but through it all Queena never gave up.
"Queena's doing phenomenal. She's improved so much faster over the last five years," her sister Anna Vuong said.
Daily therapy sessions make that possible. She rides there in a wheel-chair accessible van that was donated years ago by the Rough Riders organization.
The family says the van is on its last legs.
"We're getting nervous about how we'll be transporting my sister after the van breaks down," Vuong said.
So on Saturday, Powerhouse Gym in Tampa will host a Dance for Queena Zumbathon event. Zumba is a Latin-dance inspired workout routine.
"So excited, and an honor to be able to do this for them," Rollert said.
"Queena always loved music and it's been a passion of hers, and it's going to be a fundraiser that'll hit home for her," Vuong said.
The event is open to the public. Some 200 people are expected to show up, and you don't need to be a Powerhouse member to get in on the action. Just bring some workout clothes and be ready to sweat.
"She loves Justin Bieber, so that's my warm up I'm going to do tomorrow, so she can hear Justin Bieber," Rollert said.
For more information: www.joinqueena.com/fundraisers/
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