Member Spotlight, September 2019

July 20, 2019


As we welcome one of our newest family members, Claire Centrella, we also wish to share with you a bit of Claire’s journey.  In June, 2002, Claire’s beautiful daughter Melissa lost her 20 year battle with Dystonia (Dystonia is a movement disorder in which a person’s muscles contract uncontrollably.  The contraction causes the affected body part to twist involuntarily, resulting in repetitive movements or abnormal postures. Dystonia can affect one muscle, a muscle group, or the entire body).  

Claire has put together this beautiful book with friends on Melissa’s life and her legacy entitled, “Trapped in My Body In My Own Words.”  This book will let you meet Melissa and her inspirational spirit.  It is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble and all proceeds go to the foundation that Claire began in Melissa’s honor.  Since 2002, Melissa’s Hope has awarded over $250,000 to 171 nursing students and since 2014 over $45,000 to 11 special needs children and their families.