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Diane “L’il Sax” Ellis is passing her second Christmas since her severe stroke in April, 2016, leaving her paralyzed on her left side. To help her therapy progress, she needs your help to find loving foster homes for her cats. Check out the December 19 Update for all the details:

Diane Needs Our Help!

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February 26, 2018

Are you a Cat Lover? Diane has five, 14-year old cats. They are Snow (female with white & tan, long hair), Rockit (female, black & tan with bushy tail), Skittles (female, orange tabby), Simba (male, orange tabby) and Twix (male, black & tan). The cats have recently moved to a no-kill shelter (Touched By An Animal) while Diane can concentrate on her upcoming therapy.
You can see Diane with two of her cats in 2 recent photos in her Albums. Your continued support for Diane is so appreciated! Thank you so much!!! TeamDiane!

February 26, 2018

TeamDiane is happy to announce that Diane will start her therapy sessions at the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab in March! This is a HUGE step in Diane’s recovery. Diane is in high spirits and is excited to update us on her sessions. Though we have made this big step, we still have a long way to go. Please continue to spread the word about Diane’s recovery. TeamDiane is still raising money to offset the cost of her medical expenses. To support, donate today on our HelpHopeLive page:

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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

December 28, 2017

Hey Lil Sax! Sending much love to you from your westside piano playing songwriting friend. Wishing you continued strength, peace and love in 2018!

Howard SAndifer

December 28, 2017

Diane: I love you dearly; you are a real model and inspiration for women and children in a great profession. Your performances will never be forgotten at my wedding held at the Smart Art Museum, University of Chicago; and the retirement celebration at the Drake Hotel for Dr. JoAnn Roberts. I am just learning of your illness that occurred in 2016. I have been assisting with an older family member since February, 2016; who also had a stroke, but on the right side. So, I understand what you are going through. My family member has had an exceptional rehabilitation experience at Shirley Ryan Ability Lab (formerly the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago). Your phone number and information was lost in my mobile phone contacts. Please let me know if I can be of assistance in any way.

Teresa Massie-Peterson

December 4, 2017

Ms.Ellis, Alexandria and I wish you peace as you recover. You are always in our prayers.

Joy Parham