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Giving Back 2 Becky fundraiser for Oak Lawn resident Becky Clifford will be held Nov. 9 115 BourbStreet Merrionette Park.

Giving Back 2 Becky, a fundraiser for Oak Lawn resident Becky Clifford, will be held Nov. 9 at 115 Bourbon Street in Merrionette Park. The event will help provide medical care for Clifford, a quadriplegic who was injured in a fall in 2008 at her home. Becky suffered a severe spinal cord injury on June 13, 2008 after tripping and falling outside her home that evening. Her fall resulted in a severe blow to her head and rendered her unable to move. | Supplied photo

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Updated: October 30, 2013 7:17AM



Greetings, fellow Oak Lawnians and Happy Halloween! To all our trick-or-treaters, have fun on Oct. 31 and be careful out there.

Giving Back 2 Becky, a fundraiser for Becky Clifford, will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. Nov. 9 at 115 Bourbon Street, 3359 W. 115th St., Merrionette Park.

Becky suffered a severe spinal cord injury on June 13, 2008 after tripping and falling outside her home and striking her head. The fall left her unable to move. At the time, Becky was living alone, so she was not found until a neighbor discovered her the next morning.

The blow was so severe, the young woman was rendered a quadriplegic.

Carol Sheahan is a longtime friend of Becky who met her during their freshman year at Richards High School in Oak Lawn. Recalling the tragic accident, Sheahan said, “Becky remembers all of it, but she was in and out of consciousness. She has very little movement in her arms, but she can talk and she’s 100 percent in her head.”

Prior to her accident, Becky worked at the Hilton hotel in Oak Lawn for 16 years as the sales and catering manager.

Today, Becky relies on a 24-hour, live-in caregiver at her Oak Lawn home. The medical expenses are overwhelming for Becky and her family, particularly the caregiver costs that aren’t covered by insurance.

Sheahan recalled Becky’s life before her injury.

“Becky was our hub when we needed to make plans to eat or travel. She went out a lot with her friends in groups to restaurants or we’d have Oscar, Emmy and Golden Globe parties. Becky was our person. She handled all of that.”

Becky also loved to travel, Sheahan said.

“Traveling was her passion. She can’t travel anymore, but she loves watching movies,” Sheahan said.

Becky’s friends still get together with her for bunco parties or those Oscar, Emmy and Golden Globe parties that she enjoys so much.

“We’re hoping we get 1,200 to 1,400 people there (Nov. 9),” she said. “We’ll have a raffle, silent auction for trips and items, split the pot, and we’ll have two bands, The American Sons and The Opinions.”

Admission is $30 online or at the door. Proceeds will be used to provide Becky with the medical care and equipment that she requires.

A portion of the proceeds will also be donated to other families dealing with similar spinal cord injuries. For more information or to make a donation, visit www.givingback2becky.com.

Here are this week’s celebrity birthdays: Happy 12th birthday to Jenna McDonald from her parents, Andrea Maria and Dennis, and Michael and grandparents. Sarah Dynia’s family wish her a happy 17th birthday. Happy 23rd birthday to Steven Sevening from his Uncle Brian, Aunt Gina, Ashley and Rachel. Jared Oksanen’s parents and Sparky wish him a happy 25th birthday.

Birthday wishes go out to Sheri Latronico, who’s turning 27, and to her brother, Glenn, who’s turning 28, from their parents. Happy birthday to Angela Silney, who’s turning 29, and to her mother, Karen, from their family and friends. Stacy Bieryla’s family wish her a happy 34th birthday. Happy birthday to Sharon Douglass from the “lucky leprechauns.” Birthday wishes go out to Dawn Sharon from Joe, Jessie and Nicole.

Sally Sendra’s family wish her a happy birthday. Happy birthday to Anne Marie Casey from her family. Happy birthday to Jannine Hoffman from her husband, Lee, family and friends. Debbie Boyes’ daughters and grandchildren wish her a happy birthday. Lydia Melendez’s sons and her family wish her a happy birthday. Happy birthday to Kathy Parker from her family. Happy birthday to Kevin Michicich from Deborah, Sam, Anna and family.

Happy birthday to Joe Sharon, who’s turning 51, from Dawn, Jessie and Nicole. Happy 53rd birthday to Jim Noble from his family and friends. Birthday wishes go out to Eddie Adomaitis Jr. from his family, friends, Raven and Peanut. Betty Seidler sends happy birthday wishes to her husband, Dan. Bob Streit’s family, friends and the “village people” wish him a happy birthday.

Wedding anniversary wishes go out to the following couples: Frank and Carolyn LoScuito’s on their first anniversary, Mark and Cathy Gillan’s second, Allan and Christine Cupicciotti’s 16th, Bob and Barbara McCarville’s 26th, Eddie and Debbie Brand’s 36th and Dan and Betty Seidler’s 63rd anniversary.

Keep your fellow Oak Lawnians informed about birthdays, special events or special “stuff”going on with your family or within the community. Call me at (708) 899-9544 or email me at the address above.

Until next time ...



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