Antonia Caroline Green (August 19, 1986– October 25, 2013)  

Our daughter, Antonia Caroline, died on October 25, 2013.  She was only 27 years old but had been battling with autoimmune disease since shortly after her 16th birthday.  As the years went by, Antonia ultimately tested positive for at least eight different diseases, including multiple sclerosis, lupus, Sjogren’s syndrome, dystonia, dermatomyositis, as well as glaucoma and heart issues.  Antonia was seen by many of the most respected specialists in their fields; however, no one was able to make a conclusive diagnosis of her rare condition.  

Through her own exhaustive research, Antonia was led to Dr. Michael D. Lockshin, Director of the Barbara Volcker Center for Women and Rheumatic Diseases at Hospital for Special Surgery.  Dr. Lockshin and his team provided Antonia with the best medical care she ever received.  Just as importantly, in Dr. Lockshin, Antonia found a source of great compassion and loving support.  At Hospital for Special Surgery, Antonia knew herself to be in the very best of hands.  She was extremely grateful for this, and we are very grateful as well. 

Antonia once said the following words: “If my life makes a difference for someone else, if the research into my disease can help others with similar afflictions, then everything I have had to go through will have been worth it."  In memory of these words, and in tribute to the care so generously given to Antonia by Dr. Lockshin, we ask you to make a contribution to the Barbara Volcker Center.  Your contribution will aid Dr. Lockshin’s unceasing efforts to solve the riddle of complex autoimmune diseases, which are particularly prevalent among women. 

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