Amber Andujar is a survivor in every sense of the word, and now her family hopes to celebrate her strength in the best way possible.
On September 2, 2012 -- Amber's 12th birthday -- Andujar was raped and had her neck cut in her Camden, New Jersey, home by 33-year-old intruder Osvaldo Rivera. Amber's 6-year-old brother, Dominick Andujar, ran to his sister's rescue and tried to fight off her attacker, but the grade-schooler was brutally murdered after Rivera slashed the little boy's throat.
Rivera was sentenced to 110 years in prison in December, but Amber will have to live with those scars forever.
Rather than be reminded of the horrors of her 12th birthday, Amber's mother and aunt hope to make her upcoming 15th birthday a special one, so together they set up a GoFundMe account to throw Amber the quinceañera she's always wanted.
"We want to lift Amber's spirit up as she turns 15yrs old and becoming a young lady," Amber's aunt Kim Burgos Baker wrote on her GoFundMe page. "This tragedy happened on her birthday, and we're hoping to get supporters to help us help her celebrate her quinceanera and making it extra special for her."
If you'd like to help Amber Andujar celebrate her birthday, you can donate to the account below.
And if you or someone you know has been affected by sexual violence, call the 24-hour National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (1-800-656-4673), or visit Rainn.org.