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Paying Tribute to Loved Ones

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Dr. Donna Sumlin was a Board member of FND for several years and a friend of ours for much longer. Donna was a woman of few words, but, when she spoke, it was always meaningful and people listened.

I was privileged to serve on task forces with Donna and to see and hear her operate in many different settings. She never wasted time and I never, ever, heard her complain about anything. She was a very classy lady. Tragically, we lost Donna suddenly in 2005.

This column marks the first of a regular series of tributes to friends and loved ones with disabilities - who are either still with us or who have passed on - that we will be featuring in this newsletter as well as online. If you would like to have your tribute to a friend or loved one published, please send it (electronic form, Word format, would be preferred, but we'll take fax and snail mail, too) to Tara Bremer ( at FND's state office.

It doesn't have to be fancy. If you have a photograph, that would be great to include. We are asking for donations of $25 for each tribute. All funds will go to finance FND's Jan La Belle Scholarship Fund for persons with disabilities who pursue higher education.


Rich La Belle

Executive Director

Read Dr. Donna Sumlin's full Tribute here