As many of you know, our founder Danitsia was born with Cystic Fibrosis. At the age of 5 her family was hit with a disastrous event in where she lost both her brothers, Junior was 21 and Rey was 12 at the time, to a fatal car accident in Venezuela. The death of her brother Rey had always been a looming day in the life of her family because Rey, like Dani, was born with Cystic Fibrosis though he was misdiagnosed most of his life and did not achieve the diagnosis until age 7. By then the damage to his lungs had been significant and other organs had been affected. Once the tissue in your lungs has been scarred and damaged beyond function, it cannot be reversed. Rey was on the verge of multiple organ failure and was put on a double lung transplant list, a liver transplant list, and a kidney transplant list. The odds of Rey surviving past the age of 18 were slim to none.
It is with the saddest hearts that we look upon the day today. The events of Orlando, FL in the last few days have shocked our nation and the world. We wanted to offer a few simple words of acknowledgement and support for the family and friends of those that tragically and violently lost their lives in the wee hours of the morning. Unfortunately, this is not the first time we face terrorism in our country and it certainly will not be last. No matter what steps are taken in either direction, there will always be some extremists that believe hate is the only answer to our vast differences. We know different, however we can say that it is not through hate that we can truly affect change but through love and acceptance.
As an organization with members across the entire Earth, we share in the grief of those loved ones that are heartbroken and sit in despair. We can only hope that together we show that where evil means to divide us, it has failed miserably for we only come closer and more united in face of great adversity. For all of us across the world that call TLP home, we can only offer up some of our time, our condolences, and our willingness to help.
We stand with Equality Florida in their efforts to raise funds to help and assist the families of those we lost. Please visit their site and give what you can; time, blood, money, supplies. Everything is needed and much appreciated.
Maria “Danitsia” Espino