Fanny's family was torn apart tragically when her father was murdered in a politically-motivated assassination in Honduras. Fanny's mother, who worked in the Honduran central bank, moved the children to the U.S. in search of a safer and more stable life. Their family struggled financially and it devastated Fanny to see her mother often cry and feel like a failure for having to work cleaning houses despite her advanced education and abilities. Fanny's emotional stability and grades spiraled uncontrollably until she suffered a severe emotional breakdown and depression. She worked hard to overcome her grief by developing new coping and study skills - and by reaching out to help others in distress. Fanny succeeded in turning around a progression of challenges that might have defeated her chances for a college education. With the help of the Beat the Odds scholarship she attended Laurence University and living close to her closest support, her sister.