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Celebrating life’s milestones with a cause


I met my friend Claudia when she was passionately encouraging others to take part in Parkinson’s research and clinical trials. “When they see a middle-aged woman, mother and wife participating in research—they think ‘Why can’t I?’” she says. “I want to see people stepping up, signing in and participating in clinical trials. This is exactly what we need to do to get to the cure.”

And so, as her 50th birthday neared, it was only natural that Claudia make it a ‘celebration with a cause’ by hosting a party focused on raising funds for Parkinson’s research. What better way to celebrate an important milestone in her life than by furthering a cause that will determine the quality of life she will enjoy down the road.

Claudia, who loves parties, dancing, and high heel shoes, glowed as she danced the night away. Some 80 friends turned out for her Team Fox birthday bash and, in a tremendous show of support, donated more than $5,ooo to Parkinson’s research that hopefully will contribute to unlocking the cure.

Celebrating life’s milestones is especially important for those of us who live with a progressive, incurable disease. Each celebration marks another victory over Parkinson’s, and reaffirms our commitment to live each day to its fullest.

Happy birthday, Claudia, and all my other Parkinson’s sisters and brothers here in the United States and around the globe!

A circle’s round

It has no end

That’s how long

I’m gonna be your friend.

You help me

And I’ll help you

And together

We will see it through.

Lyrics from the Girl Scouts’ Make New Friends




3 comments on “Celebrating life’s milestones with a cause

  1. Claudia Revilla
    November 18, 2014

    Thank You Sheryl and Tony!!! This is so beautiful and I feel so happy, energized and encouraged by all my friends. Thank you for sharing and for helping me celebrate and fight at the same time.

  2. mydancingintherain
    November 18, 2014

    One for all and all for one, my friend!

  3. Tem and Larry Williams
    November 18, 2014

    What a nice tribute to your Peoria friend…so terrific that you were able to celebrate with her in this meaningful effort on her behalf…..tem

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