Donna Hughes is sponsoring today in memory of her beloved twin sister, Doreen Hughes. Donna and Doreen have been, and will always remain, dear friends to the chimpanzees and humans of the sanctuary and we’re honored to get to hold them both in our thoughts and our hearts today. Donna shared this beautiful message for Doreen:
“It was on this date, 41 years ago, that we moved to NYC. Although you have been with me in spirit only for the last two years, not a moment goes by that you are not thought of, Doreen. Our every adventure in NYC for so many decades will always be burnt into my memory. Although the Big Apple, like much of the country, is closed down right now, Central Park is not, and I spend a lot of time in there. Walking for hours, watching the birds, the turtles, all of the flowers. All the things you loved to do. We always did a big event (or two!) on this day, and this year, I will go to Central Park and have a picnic. Don’t worry, you’ll be right there. A special shout out to Foxie, our girl! I am so happy that you got to visit the Sanctuary a few years ago. It was such a meaningful day. Happy NYC Anniversary!!! xo Donna”
Donna, thank you so much, for allowing us to share in this day of memory and celebration of, and with, you both! We miss Doreen so much and are so grateful for the time you both got to spend here with us all. May your special celebration in amazing Central Park today be nothing short of magical. We are thinking of you both and holding you in our hearts. Happy NYC Anniversary to you both!! Seems like that calls for some Foxie-style pirouettes!
A wonderful memory. Donna (left) and Doreen (right), and Missy, Foxie and Negra (background left to right):
Your Pal, Foxie!
Linda C says
wow, another year has flown past us! Donna, I am sorry you lost your sister, and hope that you are enjoying today’s fine weather to remember her surrounded by the wonders of nature in CP. What a beautiful day to do so!
thank you, Linda. I am sorry for the delay in my response, but my laptop was not working. I did enjoy the day and was so pleased to sponsor a day in memory of Doreen.
This post brought tears to my eyes… good ones. How beautiful of Donna to remember her twin in this way. I can tell by her words how very close they were… are still are but in a different way now. Donna’s message is the perfect example of how much happiness and joy these precious chimps bring to the world… with the help of the wonderful & compassionate humans who care for them. Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest is a beacon of light in our cloudy world. xoxo
thank you, Andrea. My laptop was not working, so forgive my delay of thanks. I totally agree – these chimps just give so much joy to all of us, and comfort. And their caregivers work so hard for them 24/7. Doreen loved them all.