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There is no better way to honor or remember loved ones than by supporting the causes they have held dear. Tribute gifts to the Reeve Foundation are a very special and meaningful way to recognize individuals who are connected to our mission.
Recently, we received several gifts in memory of Jessie Ann Basiliere along with a beautiful note from her daugher, Patricia, of Lake Mary, Florida, who wrote: "My son, Robert James (RJ) Kleinfeldt, was spinal cord injured in July 2006. He has an incomplete injury in the C5/C6 area of his spinal cord. It was a freak accident that occurred while he was canoeing. Today, he continues to be an amazing inspiration for all who know him. After his injury, he finished his degree and is pursuing an advanced degree. This week, he entered his second year of law school.
When RJ was injured, one of his greatest supporters was his dear Nana. She lifted his spirits and encouraged him to believe in himself. Over the three months he was hospitalized, she cooked him his favorite meals many times. She loved him beyond measure and would never let him give up on himself. She wrote him a long letter telling him all the wonderful things she loved about him and that he too should love about himself."
Patty goes on to describe her beloved mother with the most heartfelt words: "Jessie Ann Basiliere wasn't famous; she didn't win a medal or invent anything but she was an incredible person and a spectacular Mother and Grandmother. She was our hero and a gracious beautiful lady. She touched everyone she met in a positive way which is truly one of the greatest gifts anyone can offer in this life."
All of us at the Reeve Foundation are most grateful to Mrs. Basiliere and her loving family who keep her light shining.