In Memory of Claire Callahan Goodman
Thank you for visiting In Memory of Claire Callahan Goodman team page,
I hope you'll join us (The San Francisco Bay Area Support Group with Claire’s Friends and Family) to honor the memory of Claire Callahan Goodman, who was our support group leader for many years. When our previous leader had to move out of the area, Claire picked up the leadership to keep everyone together. She cared about everyone and was a good listener.
She had acquired an extraordinary amount of knowledge about Sjögren’s and was our expert on physiology, anatomy, and pharmacology, as well as the day to day problems of living with the variety of symptoms that Sjögren’s presents. In a heartbeat, it seems, she created BASJO, our private online group which links us all together on all those days that we don’t have a support group meetings, but desperately need to be in touch with others.
Claire had some other serious health issues, in addition to Sjögren’s which challenged her body over time – such as allergies and adverse drug reactions. But she stayed with us as long as she had the ability to do so. Her last posting on BASJO was just a few weeks before she passed. Her passing was devastating to her daughter Rebekah, now a college student and equally as brilliant as her mother. Whatever Rebekah chooses to do in her life, she will honor Claire’s memory in all the years to come. Claire’s death shocked us all. In her many health crises, she had always bounced back. But this time, all of her determination was no longer enough.
The Walk for Sjögren's helps us fight this systemic, serious and prevalent disease by funding so many vital programs in research, education, awareness and patient support which includes support groups such as ours. Support groups are a lifeline to understanding and fighting Sjögren's in our everyday lives.
Please support us by either making a donation today or by joining our team by registering. If you register on our team with $40+, you will receive the Opening Ceremony details and will earn your own T-shirt, etc., while helping the team reach our $1,000 goal and of course making a difference in our fight against Sjögren's in Claire’s memory.
(This website is simple, fast and totally secure and is the most efficient way to support our fundraising efforts! If you prefer, you can mail in a check to the Sjögren's Foundation’s home office, noting Team Claire/California Walk.)
SF Bay Area Support Group Leader