BENEFITING: SCLERODERMA RESEARCH FOUNDATION
Scleroderma is a disease no one should have. It will kill you, but before you die you watch as your body tissues stiffen, blood stops flowing, and you lose your extremities inch by inch over a space of months, if you are lucky, or years if you are not. This is what happened to my sister, Bettie Lee Mason Crook. She was 7 years younger than I. She was always the one that brought laughter to any occasion She was a tireless fighter of injustice, a beautiful voice, a beautiful appearance, a beautiful soul, and a friend to every stray dog and cat she met from celebrities to the homeless. In her 20's she gave up the promise of a singing and acting career in Nashville to become a wife and eventually a soccer mom. Her legacy remains with all the people she influenced and the example she set when scleroderma tapped her on the shoulder. She never gave in. She never gave up. She smiled and smiled the day before she died. She died in her sleep at the Mayo Clinic. I think God determined she could do Heaven some good.