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LifeKnocks Flies to a Higher Ground
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Darlene Croce was a Renaissance woman, and an inspiration to all who knew her. She was diagnosed at age fifteen with Lupus, an autoimmune disease for which there is no known cure. While there are different forms of Lupus; such as, Discoid which involves a skin rash, Darlene suffered from Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE). SLE is the most common type of the disease and is generally considered more serious since it affects the central nervous system. SLE can affect many parts of a person’s body, including kidneys, heart, lungs, brain, blood and skin. Symptoms tend to vary among patients and can change often and suddenly, but treatment including multiple medications and a positive mindset can alleviate the severity of disease symptoms. Darlene was a true fighter in every sense in life. She stepped in the ring, was knocked down by many hospital visits, but always got back up. She was told by her Doctors to lead a limited life. Darlene never defined herself as someone with a disease. Instead she practiced imagery. Medical research has proven that one could reduce pain for several hours by mentally displacing the pain through utilizing their creativity. Darlene was a member of the National Writers Association who had poetry published in Cosmopolitan Magazine. She had plays produced at the Walnut Street Theater’s Studio 3. She was the co-president of the Pennsylvania Southeastern Chapter for the Lupus Foundation and creator/founder of the program Living Well with Lupus. In fact, WHYY TV had a camera crew follow her around as she took the camera and its viewers on a 24-hour journey of someone with Lupus. The film piece was aired to inspire all viewers who had challenges to never live their obstacles. Recent research has noted that 1.5 million Americans are diagnosed with Lupus and there are five million cases around the world. African, Hispanic, Asian and Native American woman are two to three times more likely to be affected with Lupus. Darlene wore glasses and wrote a book with illustrations about the power of little girls who wore glasses and what they can achieve. She was a spokesperson advocating awareness for the Lupus Foundation and often appeared on NBC 10, once dressed as Snow White during a Halloween interview for Lupus Week. Post Mortem she was awarded a lifetime achievement award from the National Lupus Organization in Atlanta, Georgia. . Darlene was a frequent guest on WDAS radio where listeners with questions could call in for information regarding newly diagnosed Lupus patients or those struggling with any autoimmune disease challenge. She organized fundraisers, graduated summa cum laude from Temple University with a degree in Real Estate and Finance and created support groups throughout Pennsylvania including Thomas Jefferson University Hospital where she was employed as a grant manager. Yes, Darlene was a true champion and even during her final trip to Jefferson was literally working from her bedside. She was in an MBA program at Temple when a catastrophic turn occurred with Lupus and Darlene got up once more in a different place not of this earth but to a higher ground. Darlene was thirty-five when she left us, and we at the LifeKnocks Project believe she was at peace, Happy and Exuberant until her final breath. Before her passing she smiled and wrote a note that she loved her family and everyone. Several scenes were filmed depicting Darlene at multiple stages in her life, always creating, remaining positive even during hospital stays, including her final trip to the hospital where she is happily rising up one final time. These scenes can be viewed in the video contained on this page. The video concludes with an actress portraying Darlene rising from her bed, for even in death we GET UP ONCE MORE. To film this dramatic scene an apparatus was donated by Flying by Foy’s David Hale, who flew the character of Peter Pan and assisted with the hydraulics for the musical Wicked on Broadway. We at the LifeKnocks Project, a 501c (3) organization, want to honor a woman fierce with determination who was a champion in this ring in life. We honor her memory and the memories of all individuals who accomplished multiple goals in life despite hardships. Together we can assist all children with challenges such as Darlene to overcome their obstacles, by attending a camp where their artistic talents will be enhanced and where they will be inspired to practice imagery. We also encourage any child if physically able to enroll them in a boxing program which can develop their physical abilities as well as their mental mindset in a positive direction. We encourage all of you to make a DONATION toLIFEKNOCKS GET UP ONCE MORE” and enable us to support children who are struggling to overcome obstacles and provide a mindset of resiliency to lead an empowered journey through life!
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