Eileen Marie Barclay, 52, counselor

Eileen Marie Barclay, 52, counselor

The Philadelphia Inquirer | May 10, 2011 | By Sally A. Downey

Eileen Marie Barclay, 52, of East Oak Lane, who counseled others while struggling with her own crippling disease, died of pneumonia Thursday, May 5, at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Ms. Barclay had spinal muscular atrophy, a type of muscular dystrophy.

Her father, Joseph, made her special braces until she needed to use a wheelchair when she was 9. Her mother, Rosemary, was an activist for children with the disease, serving on the board of the Philadelphia chapter of the Muscular Dystrophy Association of America.

“She was raised to believe she could overcome any obstacle,” said her sister, Bunny Schnell.

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