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Steve Gill was our daughters' favorite High School teacher. When his daughter, Annie, was injured in an automobile accident, our whole family was deeply saddened. While Annie was in a coma, Steve sang to her. When she regained consciousness, though blind, brain-damaged and at times incoherent, she had retained her beautiful singing voice.
As the years went by, Steve and Annie began performing together at benefit concerts for the LightHouse for the Blind and Visually Impaired. My daughter Maria and I attended one of these events and were deeply moved by their musical duet. Tears were in her eyes, and in mine, Maria turned to me and said, "Mom, you can do it. He's given our family and this community so much, you can do this for him and his family." She didn't need to explain what she was talking about. I knew right away! The next day, I called a videographer and we began production.
In “The ANNIE GILL Story: If Just One Person Believes in You,” a blind, brain injured woman lives a full life because of the quality of attention she receives from her family and helpers. People who offer unconditional loving support to someone with a disability can transform a challenged person's life from a struggle into a meaningful journey.
Producer/Director: Dorothy Fadiman
Videographer/Associate Producer/Editor: Keith Parish
Additional Editing/Assistant Camera: Laura Wigod
Field Producer: Dixie Lopez
Editorial Consultant: Marlo McKenzie
Special thanks to Maria Fadiman whose vision inspired this project!
Foothills Congregational Church
Los Altos CA
This program included a mini-concert with Annie and Steve Gill, accompanied by Annie's voice teacher, Sharon Davis,