Laura Clark

Long Time Steelers Fan Attends First Ever Football Game with Second Wind Dream

On Sunday, December 31 Shepherd of the Valley – Niles resident and life-long Pittsburgh Steelers fan, Laura Clark, finally made her way to Heinz Field to witness one of the sporting world’s greatest rivalries – Cleveland vs. Pittsburgh.

Laura, who turned 83 on December 19, has come a long way over the course of the last two years. Having suffered a traumatic brain injury and spent months in a coma and on life support, she had to learn to walk, talk, and ultimately function all over again. “Laura is such a sweet lady and a legitimate Steelers fan,” said Kristen Taylor, Director of Marketing and Admissions at Shepherd of the Valley – Niles. “Her apartment is drenched in black and yellow, she has a Steelers Christmas tree, and she even named her cat Jerome after her all-time favorite player. It was truly an honor to do this for her.”

Due to the frigid cold temperatures this dream was canceled until Tony Perrone, Director of Donor Engagement for Shepherd’s Foundation, came through with the purchase of four seats in the Hyundai Club West section which allowed Laura to sit outside for as long as she could then come in and warm up in the club section. “That was for sure the game changer and what really got this dream back on track,” Taylor added. “We are so grateful to Shepherd’s Foundation for the tickets and to Tom Rossi from Joseph Rossi and Sons Funeral Home (457 Robbins Avenue) for providing a limo to transport us to and from the stadium. Laura was able to close out 2017 in style with wonderful memories to relive for years to come.” The Foundation also purchased a Steelers coat, hat, gloves and scarf set for Laura.