Brenda Lee Marquez McCool
Brenda leaves behind 11 children, one of whom, her son Isaiah, was with her the night she died. Ever supportive of her gay son, Brenda was visiting Isaiah in Orlando and the two had gone out dancing at Pulse. When the chaos erupted, Brenda stood between the gunman and her son, saving Isiah's life, herself succumbing to a fatal gunshot wound. Brenda's other heroic efforts include standing as an outspoken advocate for the LGBT community and surviving cancer - twice.
In Brenda's short time on her she pushed the bounds of what most believe possible. In honor of Brenda, today I'm focusing on my own strengths and how to use them to best help others. Our population is stronger than any evil the hate machine puts out there. United by peace, we can grow even stronger.