For Elly Chovel, life changed dramatically when she and her sister left Cuba for Miami as part of the 14,000 unaccompanied children who took part in the famed Operation Pedro Pan.
The experience impacted her so that as an adult Chovel wanted to reach out and unite others, who like her, had been sent as children by their Cuban parents to America to escape Communist indoctrination on the island between 1960-1962.
In 1991, Chovel founded Operation Pedro Pan Group and began a campaign to spread the story of the journey of those children, which is now well-known in South Florida and across the world.
To honor her work, at noon on Friday Elly Chovel Road will be unveiled by Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez. Chovel passed away of a brain hemorrhage in 2007.
Chovel Road is at Southeast 15th Road between Brickell Avenue and Biscayne Bay, where the ceremony will be held.
Fellow Pedro Pans and those who knew and loved Chovel are expected to attend the road unveiling.