Cranks My Tractor

Published: Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 09:23 AM.

Unfortunately, we cannot regain the innocence of television of the 50’s and 60’s.  However, we can control what our children watch.
Annette Funicello battled with multiple sclerosis (MS), being diagnosed in 1987.  Her symptoms started off mildly, but gradually she was losing control of her balance and legs. Fearing folks might think she was drunk; she went public with the diagnosis in 1992.

She eventually lost her ability to speak and walk.  Folks say, “She never lost her smile.”

We will never lose her smile.

Funicello was never hesitant to say what her faith meant to her.  She even took the MS in stride, telling folks that, “He knows what He is doing.”  She credited the debilitating condition with bringing her family closer together (if that was possible).

In 1999, she founded the Annette Funicello Research Fund for Neurological Diseases.  On the day of her death, the website was overloaded with visitors.  Hopefully, they were being generous in helping to fund research on this evil disease.

She was one heck of a Mouseketeer and an even greater human being.

As they sing at the end of The Mickey Mouse Club, “Now it’s time to say good-bye.”

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