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Special shopping benefits cure for Claire

Thursday 18 August 2011

From US publication Journal & Topics Newspapers:


Claire Sharkey
Claire Sharkey

Special Shopping Benefits Cure For Claire

Lifestyle Editor
Posted: Thursday, July 14, 2011 12:00 am

Thursday, July 14 is "Shop for Claire" night at Raffia in Park Ridge, 141 N. Northwest Hwy.

During a "Summer Ladies Night," Debbie Sigalos will help raise money for Claire Sharkey of Park Ridge, who is trying to regain her strength after learning she has chronic fatigue syndrome.

Featured during this special event, which will be held from 6 to 9 p.m., will be the following:

Author Janet Spiech will discuss her book, "A Little Book to Ease Meal-Time Madness" and programs developed to help families regain their family dinnertime.

Visiting merchants will present their products. Mary Murray Felish of Wilmette and her Premier Designs Jewelry will be present. Heidi Giammarese of Marie Parie Boutique of Evanston will present her outfits and chic clothing. Those involved in the night's events are giving items or services for the raffle and a percentage of their sales will go toward Sharkey's medical expenses.

Margie Gibson, singer, songwriter and Sheffield Lab Recording Artist, will entertain guests. Six of her students will sing and one will play the violin. She has opened shows for Mel Tormé, Marvin Hamlisch, Danny Thomas and toured with Bob Hope.

Felish asked Raffia's owner to sponsor this special evening to help 28-year-old Sharkey with her medical costs and promote awareness about chronic fatigue syndrome.

"She was my son, Michael's, seventh grade teacher at St. Francis Xavier in Wilmette. She was pretty much the first teacher who gave him a handle on journalism," said Felish, a former Park Ridge resident. "He was a good writer and she encouraged him. Her editing and care was amazing."

Sharkey graduated from DePaul and was a member of the DePaul Ladies Soccer Team. Her challenge began when she was in Ireland. She woke up one day in terrible pain. She was treated for a virus, but that wasn't the correct diagnosis. Through her own research and the medical support she is now trying to regain her strength. Currently, she is unable to work, but that won't stop her. Two fundraisers have been sponsored by her friends.


The above originally appeared here.



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