Caridad Antonieta Campos Gomez
Caridad Antonieta's Story
I arrived to the USA in March 1962, to stay with family. I was sent to the Florida City Camp in September the same year. My family originally lived in Havana, and I went to the Academia Valmana. My parents decided to send me to the US because of the nationalization of the schools, and because they feared I would be taken away from them as that was the rumor going around.
I was very fortunate to be placed in the Alcoz house, as they were truly wonderful people that sincerely cared about us. My nickname was Caruca.
I was at Florida City almost 2 1/2 years and then was sent to the Blessed Sacrament Academy in San Antonio, Texas. It would be almost another year before my parents and little brother were finally able to leave Cuba on the 3rd Freedom Flight. We reunited in December 1965 in New York.
I graduated from the State University of New York,taught for a while, but decided to change careers and have been working in insurance the last 30 years. I married Jim and we have a lovely daughter, Elizabeth, who is a professional musical theater actor and the light of our lives.
What a wonderful gift to be able to re connect with the friends of our childhood, and to see how all of us still keep the memories and the experiences that made us what we are today as adults. What a wonderful resource to teach our children, friends and relatives that know nothing of the Pedro Panes and our story.