During her short but vibrant life, Paula loved to read, write and paint. She also loved to sing, dance and create poetry. She took ballet lessons and Irish step dancing lessons with her twin brother, Michael. She was a church member and a Girl Scout, and she played soccer and softball.
Paula suffered much of her life with pediatric Cushing’s Syndrome. Her courage has inspired many Cushing’s sufferers and her case history is used to teach doctors and nurses to recognize and treat this very rare but intensely destructive hormonal disorder.
Paula was very concerned about social justice and the environment. Today, The Paula Rosina Santoro Foundation, founded in her memory, funds projects and organizations devoted to causes that Paula found important, such as improving the environment, providing for better childhood health and education, and alleviating poverty. One of the special activities of the Foundation is the funding of Boy Scout Eagle and Girl Scout Gold Award projects. The Foundation also supports research into the causes of pediatric Cushing’s.
We remember Paula with love, especially this week, as we take part in the Worldwide Candle Lighting, uniting all the world’s Compassionate Friends.
Love, from Paula’s family,
Pam Bennett-Santoro, John and Michael Santoro
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