She fought to become a model, a dream since she was 'knee high to a duck'. Just days before she was to move to New York to model at John Casablancas' studio she was hit by a drunk driver. Her beautiful head crashed through the windshield, her ankle was badly broken.
I remember thinking that her dream was over. Weeks of surgery, pain and therapy went by. She forced herself to go to the gym so that she could gain strength in her broken ankle (by the way, it still bothers her). One day I heard music coming from her room. It was Liza Minelli's 'New York, New York'. A smile covered my face, my heart, my entire being. My daughter and her dream were back.
She modeled for several years in Atlanta, New York and Europe.
She and her husband had a son, then another. The second child, Owen, was just 18 months old when he was diagnosed with autism.
The Coalition grew so large that they rented an office and hired people to help. After Bob Wright (CEO of NBC) and his wife, Susanne, found out that their grandson had autism they approached the Murrays and the Coalition, along with a couple of the other autism organizations, formed Autism Speaks. Kevin remains on the board of Autism Speaks and is on several committees. He and Susan fight every day for their own son and for other children with autism.
Yep, that little babe fighting to live back in .... oh, I said I wouldn't say what year, didn't I.... has had a constant fight on her hands and she has grown into such an intelligent, caring and giving person. I couldn't be prouder of her.
So, Happy Birthday, Susan. I love you with all my heart.