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Please continue to spread the word about Diane’s recovery and, if you are an ardent Jazz Fan, Diane would like to share FIVE of her favorite Classic spring jazz songs and artists. (See below for the links.)

Diane Ellis is a 62-year-old award-winning music teacher, jazz educator, saxophonist and internationally known performer who suffered a hemorrhagic stroke on Friday, April 15, 2016 during a live performance for the Jazz Institute of Chicago. She is paralyzed on her left side.

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May 21, 2018

Look at Diane GO! Diane has continued to thrive at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. Thank you to the staff at the Ability Lab and all of TeamDiane for your continued support! Please, don’t forget to donate to Diane’s HelpHopeLive page. Donations help offset the cost of Diane’s medical expenses. Donate: Please watch the above video of Diane to SEE HOW YOUR CONTRIBUTION IS HELPING DIANE WALK ON HER ROAD TO RECOVERY!

May 8, 2018

Two great new videos posted on this page!

Thanks to the hard work and dedication of Diane and her Physical Therapist, Laura, Diane was able to stand this week between the parallel bars at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab! She was also able to start swaying (while seated without back support or assistance as shown in the video) something she loves to do while listening and playing music. This is wonderful news for Diane as she continues her journey to recovery.

Thank you to all of the doctors, nurses, therapists, and supports of Diane Ellis for your continued support. Without you, none of this would have been possible. One step forward, and a million more to go! Let’s keep moving forward!

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July 11, 2018

She was my misic teacher at Dixon and I am oraying for her! She is such a beautiful person.

Dayday Dukes

July 18, 2018

Diane, best wishes for success with all your therapy. You are in my thoughts and prayers. Mary Jo Harper

Mary Jo Harper

July 18, 2018

Dear Diane: It was a treat to be with you during your evaluation at the Ability Lab last Monday. I look forward to you sitting in your new proper wheelchair, wearing your new fitting brace and beginning to integrate the lessons from the Ability Lab.

With love, Susan Opp

January 13, 2018

Ms. Ellis! Hope all is well. Praying for continued strength and jazzy vibes! Appreciate everything you did for me, to help me become a great musician and a great person! Love always!

Anthony D. Greer - Dixon - '10