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Rory, Rocking Out Despite her Fight with Lupus

Rory's wish to visit Abbey Road was featured at our Annual Bouquet of Wishes Gala.

“ What I’m feeling is real and there are people to support you through that. ”

Meet Rory! You may recognize her as the girl featured on our Bouquet of Wishes Abbey Road Save the Date. Rory a 17 year-old from St. James is challenged with Lupus, an inflammatory disease in which the immune system attacks its own tissues. To manage this incurable condition, Rory receives regular treatments and takes medication daily however, her favorite form of medication is music.

From the time she was a young girl, Rory was inspired by rock music from England. She grew up listening to Peter Gabriel, Radiohead, The Who, Led Zeppelin and more. The one band that stuck out the most to Rory throughout the years, was the legendary rock band, The Beatles.

Lupus is a disease that may not appear to be much externally but internally, it is painful and commonly misunderstood. Rory and her parents explain the struggles of life with Lupus and her wish to visit Abbey Road!

On Thursday, May 11th at Villa Lombardi’s in Holbrook, we celebrated our 23rd Annual Bouquet of Wishes Gala, theming it around Rory and her wish to visit Abbey Road! This groovy event included many of our far-out friends and supporters who help us make wishes come true throughout the year. A special performance by well-known Beatles tribute band, BeyondFab, got people out of their chairs and onto the dance floor. People were amazed when the band invited Rory to hop onstage and perform with them. Rory sang and played guitar with a gleaming smile on her face, engaging the crowd to keep on dancing.

  • Rory's wish to visit Abbey Road was featured at our Annual Bouquet of Wishes Gala.

  • Rory's wish to visit Abbey Road was featured at our Annual Bouquet of Wishes Gala.

  • Rory's wish to visit Abbey Road was featured at our Annual Bouquet of Wishes Gala.

  • Rory's wish to visit Abbey Road was featured at our Annual Bouquet of Wishes Gala.

  • Rory's wish to visit Abbey Road was featured at our Annual Bouquet of Wishes Gala.

  • Rory's wish to visit Abbey Road was featured at our Annual Bouquet of Wishes Gala.

  • Rory's wish to visit Abbey Road was featured at our Annual Bouquet of Wishes Gala.

  • Rory's wish to visit Abbey Road was featured at our Annual Bouquet of Wishes Gala.

  • Rory's wish to visit Abbey Road was featured at our Annual Bouquet of Wishes Gala.

  • Rory's wish to visit Abbey Road was featured at our Annual Bouquet of Wishes Gala.

  • Rory's wish to visit Abbey Road was featured at our Annual Bouquet of Wishes Gala.

  • Rory's wish to visit Abbey Road was featured at our Annual Bouquet of Wishes Gala.

  • Rory's wish to visit Abbey Road was featured at our Annual Bouquet of Wishes Gala.

  • Rory's wish to visit Abbey Road was featured at our Annual Bouquet of Wishes Gala.

  • Rory's wish to visit Abbey Road was featured at our Annual Bouquet of Wishes Gala.

  • Rory's wish to visit Abbey Road was featured at our Annual Bouquet of Wishes Gala.

  • Rory's wish to visit Abbey Road was featured at our Annual Bouquet of Wishes Gala.

One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain. ”

— Bob Marley

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