Clarita Sees Madonna

November 12, 2015

While serving in the US Army in 1996, Clarita suffered a traumatic brain injury and returned to UNLV as a disabled student. She was then diagnosed with a disorder called Porphyria, which has resulted in severe sensitivity to sunlight and greatly limits the activities she can do during the day. She finds great relief at concerts, which is how she met DIFTL supporter John Drummond, who nominated her for this grant (she, in turn, nominated Melinda, to see Celine Dion).

“it is just unbelievable to me how people like her are so strong and find ways to overcome their disabilities and lead as normal a life as possible,” John said, after meeting Clarita at the Michael Franti concert in Las Vegas.

Clarita wished to see Madonna in concert and we were glad to make it happen.

“I don’t think I can ever find the words to tell you how grateful I am to all of you for giving this night to me,” she said. “I took my best friend of 32 years, who stuck by me through all of this. Even though we are both 44 year old women, we decided to party like it’s 1985 and dressed up in Madonna garb like teenagers. We got to our seats and were moved to empty seats where we were only 40 feet from the stage. I couldn’t believe all this was happening. The last 5 years have been so rough. But I haven’t stopped stopped smiling the last three days.┬áThank you, thank you, thank you.”