When I met my uncle Donald's son Sheldon for the second time after probably 35 plus years, his energy was so familiar that it was like meeting a long lost brother. I had gotten in touch with him to let him know his father had died. He'd been busy with his career as a lead singer and guitarist for the singing groups Earth, Wind and Fire and the Commodores and hadn't been in touch with his family for a while. He has the greatest singing voice. His mother was also a song-writer for the group. : )
He was also to my surprise then taking care of the Jimi Hendrix Estate with his then wife, Janie Hendrix, who was Jimmie's adopted sister. I thought, wow, some people in my family have all the luck.lol! But, after playing at Jimi's father's funeral within the space of decade he went through some pretty severe ups and downs, and a lot of drama. Got involved in a messy divorce from Janie, discovered some children he never knew he had, and then even fell ill with Parkinson's disease which interrupted his career. It was the same thing his mentor Maurice White, founder of Earth Wind and Fire, suffered with for years.
I personally thought he might not make it because he looked so destroyed and could barely talk, stand up and walk the last time I saw him, but, like so many in our family Sheldon is possessed of a strong metaphysical faith in the creator. He, himself, is in fact a strong borderline fundamentalist Christian and incessant prayers enabled him to find a natural pharmaceutical company from Indonesia that delivered him from the throes of his suffering. The natural herbal medicines from this company have miraculously enabled him to get his life back around to the point where he is back at work and singing round the world. Signs of the disease have virtually disappeared.
Now Sheldon raises funds for the company - Golden Sunrise Pharmaceuticals.
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