On January 17, '99, while
swimming in the ocean of Maui, HI, dancer KIMBERLEY
FITZSIMMONS injured her spine, crushing two
vertebrea in her neck, and nearly being
paralyzed. After being hospitalized and immobilized in a brace for one
and a half months in Maui, she returned
to her home in Marin County. She underwent a successful surgery at UCSF
Hospital to remove the two broken
vertebrea pushing against her spinal cord, to replace a vertebrae with
a piece of bone from her own hip, and to fuse vertebreas C-4 through C-6. She
is wearing a halo brace for three to four months following surgery and will wear
another brace for another two months. Kimberley has been a dancer in Suhaila
Salimpour's Suhaila Dance Company for the past three years, and was a regular
dancer at Kasbah Restaurant in San Rafael for the past
two years. SUHAILA AND THE SUHAILA DANCE COMPANY with live musicians are
presenting a benefit concert to raise funds to help cover spiraling medical expenses
(currently aprox. $30,000) for Kimberley, who did not have medical insurance.
benefit will be on MAY 1 at CASABLANCA RESTAURANT in Albany (979 San Pablo Ave).
Show time is 9:00 p.m. To purchase tickets or for information, please call (510)
526-4344. Come enjoy Suhaila's awesome show, and support this
Kimberley will be writing an article about
her experience to be posted in
The Gilded Serpent soon!
until then here is a letter updating us on her health...
The new issue looks great! Thanks to all involved for the great work. I am
not ready yet to write an article and don't want to keep you hanging. I
really hope to share something soon. It may be a slice of what I wrote
down during the past few months -- and the rest will be in dance form, at some
point in the near future (I will feel it out). So, just wanted to keep in contact. Suhaila
said the show went
very well; standing room only, and a ton of good energy. I'm so thankful
and blessed! I am recovering well.
I am SO GRATEFUL to enjoy this healthy body now!!! I am now in a colar brace
for another 2 months. YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Out of the halo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I
am still going through some intense memory/death/fear stuff....I want to work
with it and through it. I know that these are fears due to my accident
and what it has brought up for me. Intense, yet, an opportunity.
I would love to send my highest and most
healing light, blessings and energy to Kartrina Rau. If
you can send her MUCHO HEALING LOVE from me that would be
great. I don't know her. Her story shocked me. Her
strength and gracefulness with her situation has been a true
teaching for my healing. I hope and pray that her spirit
I hope that you and your loved ones are well too. I only skimmed the new issue,
will see more soon. Thanks for the great work!!! If you want to change
the end of the article to make Suhaila's performance in past tense that would
be great. Dancer/friend, Karen Andes, put together an amazing benefit
for me with lots of incredible dancers on March 7th that raised almost $6,000!
-of which was much needed, and helped me get by this past few months! Sherri
Bryer and her troope Ala Nar and The Mystic East Dancers, Karen Andes, Baraka,
Taheya, FatChance Belly Dance, Alnisa, Karasheba, Dhyanis, Gloria, and many
more danced! I am so grateful for everyone's amazing spirit, support, and beautiful
dances!!! If you want to add that info. in too that would be great!
Thank you again, Lynette.
Much Love to You!!!
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