A Note From My Cousin Estela from the Dominican Republic

My name is Maria Cruz. My friends and family call me “Estela.” My father died when I was 4 years old so my family and I went to live with my grandparents. Growing up without a father was very sad and the future looked very bleak. I knew that I had a cousin named Calasanz who lived in the city and had a reputation for helping others. It was Calasanz who gave me the opportunity to be able to live my dream.

In 1979, Calasanz asked my mother if I could go to the city with him and his sisters so I could get an education. His philosophy was that an education was an absolute necessity to becoming a successful person. The tangible results of this journey for me were huge. I graduated from college with a Bachelor degree in Hotel Administration. I now live in Miami, Florida where I work as an office manager, and am happily married, with two beautiful daughters. I instill in them the same philosophy that I learned from Calasanz…that nothing is beyond your reach.

Calasanz is an extraordinaire person who takes great pride in helping others achieve their goals. He is passionate about discovering what makes people joyful in regards to their body, mind, and health and makes it happen for them. Calasanz brings a sincere passion for coaching and mentoring others to recognize their capabilities and opportunities. I am one of the fortunate ones who made my dreams come true thanks to Calasanz.

Dominican Republic Martial Artist

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