Ada Diaz Perez
My brother, Hector, and I were sent to Sacred Heart Orphanage in Colorado. We did not have family who could take us in so we lived there for 4-1/2 years. Subsequently we were sent to foster homes and eventually they seaparated us which was traumatic. I struck it out on my own while still in High School. Our parents came when we were in our 20s and we brought them to Colorado and took care of them.
We are still living in Colorado and I've had a very successful career as a Telecom executive and entrepreneur.
We are still very close with the Pedro Pan "kids' who were sent to Colorado - we are a family! We had a big reunion in Miami in 1992 and another one in 2012, as well as other mini reunions.
Since Hector and I only had each other growing up in the US under pretty difficult conditions, we share an incredible bond that is very special.
Also, my best friend as an adult is the same best friend I had at the Orphanage, another Pedro Pan refugee. All of us "kids" joke that we're going to create our own retirement community so we could be together.