BENEFITING: THE ELENA DELLE DONNE CHARITABLE FOUNDATION
EVENT: The Knot Registry
EVENT DATE: Nov 03, 2017
Elena Delle Donne, Olympic gold medalist and 2015 WNBA MVP, and fiancée Amanda Clifton, director of the De11e Donne Skills Academy, have a story to tell about love, commitment and never giving up. Elena and Amanda will bring their friends and family together for their wedding on November 3 as The Knot's first same-sex Dream Wedding couple. "We're excited to have a platform to raise money and awareness for causes we're truly passionate about," Elena says.
The Elena Delle Donne Charitable Foundation supports the Special Olympics and Lyme disease awareness, both of which are close to the couple's hearts. Elena, who suffers from Lyme disease, has learned to persevere through challenges, but it is her special needs sister Lizzie who’s been the shining light in Elena's life.
"She’s made me a different person. She’s my constant perspective. I have Lyme disease and undergo regular treatment, including swallowing a palmful of pills each morning,” Elena says. “As an athlete, my body and its performance is my job. I’m often exhausted from the Lyme, and frustrated with my body. It’s hard. But when I think about my position—when I think about how tired I am or how much it hurts—I think about Lizzie. I’m so lucky to have the health that I do, and so lucky to have a body and mind which allow me to do what I do. She inspires me. None of my hardships are even close to the same plane as what she has endured. And look at what makes her happy...wind. That’s perspective. She’s never said a word to me, but Lizzie has taught me more than anyone in my life.”
Your donation will help support the Special Olympics and Lyme disease awareness.