I so adored Donna,
Her memory lives on as you can tell. She and I met in brief
passing but we always had a connection. I think that happens
when people who are faced with circumstances beyond their control
have an understanding of each other and form a beautiful friendship.
I am not sure you know this, but I too lost my best friend in
the school bus accident that paralyzed me. So Donna and I had
so much in common in that way. We talked about it often.
My heart was so
broke when I learned she died. She was the first woman in a
wheelchair who wore high heels like I did. We would laugh about
it in fact she told me in DC, I took the other foot petal off
my chair because of you Madonna, I only had one foot peddle
to cross my legs. LOL..so she did too. I know she is with her
friend now in heaven and she with her mother too.
Here are some more
photos from the White House too. I get to see Harry (Reid) often,
and I always get a kick out of him. He gives me a kiss no matter
where we are and you should see people faces.
In fact old Max
Baucus about flipped over in Harry's office when Senator Baucus
and I had a brief meeting in the senate office building when
I grabbed him, to talk to him about a medicare issue that he
was placing in finance. He did not know who I was, but the next
day or so he was in Sen. Reid's office and I was there. He pointed
at me. "OH that lady from Montana bank (a bank I worked
at after a bank in Reno), then Senator Reid said. "Oh,
she is from Battle Mountain, Nevada, and told everyone in his
chambers who I was, then came and kissed me on the cheek and
looked at Max Baucus and said. "I only kiss the most beautiful
Oh you should have
seen Senator Baucus and his face. Later, his aide Billy Wynne
came up to me and said "Madonna, you and I speak often
on legislation and not once did you tell me Senator Reid loves
I just looked right
back at him and said "You are on a need to know basis.
He just laughed..."
I adore (Nevada State
AFL-CIO Executive Secretary-Treasurer) Danny (Thompson) and
Senator Reid. I do what I do now because of the beautiful people
in my past like Danny Thompson and Donna Cline.
I came across your
web page when I was searching for some info on my dear friend
Donna Cline, then I sAW your photo. We have met before on events
in Nevada when I ran for State Assembly. I had a friend on face
book ask for some photos of me and Donna Cline.
Donna and I met when
an architect I worked for in Reno entered me in the in the Ms.
Wheelchair Nevada program. I met Donna on Ms Wheelchair Nevada
and I was runner up. We stayed great friends and I was so sad
to hear of her passing some years ago.
I talked to Danny
the other day. I sure miss him. He was one of those people I
adore and so respect. I was so blessed to have him help me and
be my long time friend when I ran for State Assembly so long
a go. I was working for a company I consult for here in Pennsylvania
where I live now, and the man from one of the unions here I
had my meeting with knew Dan. I was like, "who does not
know Danny".. LOL.. So we called him.
Senator Reid asked
me when I was on capital hill if I missed the mountain ranges
I said, "Well
yes I do, but there are trees in Pennsylvania."
He is always so kind
and good to me when I am working on capital hill. I work for
a wheelchair manufacturer here in Pennsylvania, I am the consumer
lobbyist and work with disability groups all over the USA on
issues to keep people in their wheelchairs. I really love it.
I did get my degree in Homeland Security, and I work on emergency
management consulting for emergency managers on evacuating people
with disabilities. I work on FEMA's community action committee
and with the president's council as well.
I had to say hello
to you, since I read the article on Donna and her friend. She
was the first role model I had and had met as a woman with a
disability and she inspired me. Many women in the disability
community I meet when I travel knew her.
Here are some photos
of her and I. We were at the president's committee in DC right
after I ran for state assembly.
I love what I do know, here are some photos for you. Please
take good care of my friend Danny. If not for the wonderful
people I love and miss in Nevada, I would not have the opportunity
that I do today to be a single disabled mother who so
many believed in and succeeded.
I wish you well,
and keep up the great writing.
Long returns to Nevada to fight for the rights of the disabled
Barbwire / Sparks Tribune / 4-28-2015
memory of Donna Cline an inspiration to me
By Julie A. Prough
Monday, January 3, 2011, 8:54 p.m.
only takes a couple minutes to reach out to someone and inspire
them. That is all it took for Donna Cline to inspire me.
This is my letter to Donna Cline. I wish she were alive to read
This is my letter to you!! I know You are in Heaven!
even know if you would remember me.
We only met once and talked briefly at the President's Commission
on Employment for People with Disabilities in Washington, DC,
in 1992. I think we only talked two minutes.
I have a fond memory of you and never forgot. I wish you were
still alive for me to tell you that you really inspired me that
When we met I was just a pup. I was a young Crip in my early
20's, still in college and unsure of where my life was going.
Back then I was even afraid to fly in an airplane.
When I first saw you and Madonna Long, I was deeply impressed.
women from Nevada.
me you were Miss Wheelchair Nevada and Madonna said she was
the runner-up; you also told me that you were a news anchor
for a local television station in Nevada.
that was the coolest. I never heard of a woman with a physical
disability being a news anchor. You were the first.
in your eyes revealed you had a huge passion for life.
went into the night.
did I know that would be the last time I would ever see you.
I thank you with all my heart for the hope, the strength your
presence had given me that day.
me the power to achieve my goals as a woman with a disability.
Fourteen years later, when I lived in Georgia, I reconnected
with Madonna Long via Internet, who said you passed away.
I was deeply saddened by the news.
of you NEVER, NEVER faded away.
I thought of you the other day.
Madonna if she had any photographs of you??
she has a lot of you and her.
I am blessed to have your memory to share with Madonna.
way, Madonna now lives in Pennsylvania. That is way Cool!!!
RIP Donna Cline!!