D. L. Rhein | Interior Design, Handcrafted Jewelry, Vintage Decor | STEP BY STEP – SOUL SISTERS
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“One who gains strength by overcoming obstacles possesses the only strength which can overcome adversity.” – Albert Schweitzer

My cousin and I, 1966


Woman share an inexplicable bond with each other when they forge a deep connection whether it is by family ties or friendship.  My cousin Wendi is truly my sister from another mother.  Five years apart, she was my mentor, confidant, fashion guru and always my friend.  Growing up with two brothers, Wendi was my go to girl for everything.   Our mothers who are in fact sisters,  are just as close and we spent a huge part of my childhood together.  The house she grew up in is largely responsible for igniting my passion for design at a very early age.   A quintessential Beverly Hills Manor, their home was filled with exquisite objects and Hollywood Glamour, no different than the things that catch my eye to this very day.

Wendy's childhood home in Beverly Hills


Wendi has always been a touchstone for me.  It made perfect sense that she would dedicate her life to helping others when she decided to become a therapist.  You will find no better listener or advice giver, and she always had a way to make the silver lining shine bright.  It came as a great shock when she was diagnosed with Parkinson’s a few years ago.   How can this be?  She’s too young!  She’s too selfless!  She’s not deserving of this!  Undiagnosed for many years, she went back and forth between doctors until someone finally listened to her and the fact that she noticed her handwriting was getting smaller and smaller.  Despite this, Wendi has never let her beautiful spirit waiver.  Again, I am looking at her in awe and baffled by her strength and perseverance.

My Aunt Ruth and I, 1966


Coincidentally, my Aunt Ruth (my beloved Grammy’s sister) was also diagnosed with Parkinson’s at a young age.  Two women I adore, on either side of my family tree, with the same diagnosis.   It is a horrible feeling when you want to help someone and don’t know how.  But we can help.  I am joining my fearless, determined cousin at the Parkinson’s Association Step By Step Walk on September 14.  I will walk beside her just as she did when I was learning to take my first steps many moons ago.  I humbly invite you to join the fight against Parkinson’s and continue the research efforts towards a cure.

Step By Step Parkinson's Association Fundraiser Walk


The Parkinson’s Association’s Fighting Parkinson’s Step by Step Walk-a-Thon will raise money to support this important work and I would like to invite you to be part of it. If you haven’t already, please register and join me at the beach in Santa Monica on Sunday, Sept. 14. I look forward to seeing you! If you can’t make it please donate what you can.

Follow these three easy steps to support this cause!    
  1. Register Online www.ParkinsonsStepbyStep.com and click the green “Join Us! Register Here” button
  2. Join or Create a Team – recruit your friends, coworkers and family members! TEAM – CHERRY
  3. Customize your Fundraising Page and help raise funds to fight Parkinson’s disease!

Don‘t wait, register today and share this extraordinary experience with your friends and family. Every participant makes a difference and every strep makes a big impact!  If you would like to make a donation, please select TEAM – CHERRY.

Thank you for your support.
  • Linda
    Posted at 22:31h, 09 September

    what a beautiful and heartfelt tribute to Wendy, please donate to help find a cure for this disease.