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The Mashup … with Michelle Peña

Finding strength in tough times

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Picture a young couple about to board the only ship that can take them and their newborn son to a life of freedom. Not knowing what else would be waiting for them on the other side, it was a journey that required a great deal of faith and courage.

They have just said goodbye to everything they loved and the only home they’d ever known. But as painful as that was, they knew it was necessary.

Their wedding rings would soon become a tangible reminder of that pivotal moment, as they were stripped of everything else they tried to carry on board. The idea to sow those wedding rings into the lining of her bra the night before was both clever and risky, and it worked.

More than 50 years later, I proudly share this inspiring story. Those people are my parents, who immigrated to the United States from Cuba in 1963. This move was made possible as part of a trade deal due to my uncle, who was a freedom fighter in the Bay of Pigs in...(register to read more)

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Ricardo J Flores September 17, 2018 at 10:07 am

Great inspiring story Michelle. As a Venezuelan citizen myself living in exile I know first hand what you talked about. Thank you so much for sharing and God bless you.


Lori A Raymond September 17, 2018 at 9:28 am

This story of inspiration and perseverance came exactly on time. Thank you for sharing your story, Michelle Peña. You made a difference in my day and hopefully my life.


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