Fall Season of Miracles the story of my beautiful sister!


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              Life throws many curve balls! When I was five years old, my beautiful sister, Lisa was born. As I child I did not really understand what it meant when they told me that she was born paralyzed on one side, blind in one eye and having seizures. There was more.....she wasn't coming home. She was moved to a university hospital and doctors began doing a series of tests and operations. One day, my parents walked the halls and heard doctors in the different rooms talking about the operations being done to acquire research information on children that were not expected to live. My parents took their baby daughter out of the hospital. Some years later, she had to have her blind eye removed, knowing she could never see in that eye and she was experiencing some headaches in that eye.

                 Medical bills had mounted, and soon the house was approaching foreclosure, the electronic business my dad and mom owned was forced to close. I will never forget the day the sheriff came to the door, and soon we were moving to an apartment. As a child I knew everything was going to be okay, because my mom and dad said we were a strong family. My mom and dad slowly began working on sister's paralysis at home. There were no expectations, only hope, determination, and desire to make Lisa's life better. Each day they would work diligently to get some flexibility in my sister's body. Soon, we moved from Minnesota back to Branson, Mo where there was lots of family support from Grandma and Grandpa Robinson. Life continued status quo year after year.   

            I cannot express the joy I felt when I returned home from 1st grade and my mom and dad showed me that the foot braces were going off my sister's feet during the day and then she would wear them at night while she slept.    Each day I would run home to see how my sister was.   One day, she was standing, another day she took a step towards me to give me a hug.  Then there were more steps and then a run.   I cannot imagine how my parents felt when they looked out the kitchen window and watched her run around.   Ozark Jubliee with Red Foley Filmed in Springfield, Mo        

When I was 8, and my brother Jon was 7, my parents were thinking about money, money was tight and they had an idea.   They would start teaching dance lessons.    My Dad and Mom had met on the Ozark Jubliee Show with Red Foley and danced together.  My Dad grew up in the dance studio and was quite the dancer.   Within a year, they had 100 students, and taught classes in the American Legion Hall.Burdette Family Dancers

Soon my little brother Gene, 5, and little Lisa, who was 3, were getting in on the classes.   You wouldn't believe how extraordinary it was to see her dance.

  Bob-O-Links in Branson,MO Fast forward, and in 1977, my family was hired to open the fifth music show in Branson, Mo.   It was called Bob-O-Links and my family the Bob O Links in Branson, MOBurdette Burdette Family Dancers on Pat Boone Tv ShowFamily Dancers opened the show and continued until 1987.    Traveling the United States, we performed in front of hundreds of thousands of people.   Within time my sister was even doing flips in the shows.  


  My Baby Sister Lisa and her husband Mitch

 It is extraordinary when you think of the miracles of Life!    My baby sister, just celebrated 20 years of marriage and has a heart of gold.    She loves working at Silver Dollar City!    These folks are like family to her.   Of course, we give praise to God for the Miracle of Lisa! She is definitely one with great cheer, no matter the obstacle!  

Mom and Dad 


I will always admire my parents for their strength and courage.    My parents taught us that intuition is important and to BELIEVE!           

Burdette Family



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Comment balloon 9 commentsYvonne Burdette-Van Camp • October 27 2011 05:19PM


That is an amazing story, Yvonne! You must have a wonderful family and a very strong sister...Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Holly Weatherwax, A Great Real Estate Experience ( Associate Broker, Momentum Realty) over 6 years ago

Yvonne, what an amazing story. What a wakeup call your parents got when they over heard the doctors talking. And their strength and courage is awe inspiring, as is your sisters and your entire family!

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 6 years ago

Yvonne ~ what a heartwarming story of your family's refusal to give up!  Your parents certainly provided you and your siblings with a wonderful example of living life to the fullest.

Posted by Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging, "Staging that Sells Portland Homes" (Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR) over 6 years ago

That is incredible Yvonne. I just signed up here and yoru story is the first one I read and really made me open my eyes that we all need to stay strong. I have 2 older brothers that I would do anything for and they feel the same way. 

Before I started real estate I worked as a manger in fitness club in Seaford, DE. I worked with 2 gentleman that were paralyzed from the waist down and they had the biggest smile on their faces everyday when they came in the gym. I never heard them complain because they were hapy to both be alive. The gentlemen were best friends that were in a car accident together and both paralyzed from the accident. 

I feel blessed to be able to of read this remarkable story about you and your family!

Posted by John Wingate, Salisbury MD Real Estate, 302.339.5185, Salisbury, MD Homes (EXIT Shore Realty) over 6 years ago

Hi Yvonne,

Yours is a story of hope and inspiration and love.  Your parents never gave up on your sister and what they believed in.

Belief and persistance have certainly paid off.

Thank you for sharing your wonderful story.

Posted by Jeffrey Richman, Lease/Purchase Specialist & Unclaimed Money Player (Immediate Home Solutions & U.S. Financial Funding, LLC) over 6 years ago


What a powerful story of love, dedication, inspiration and family you have shared.


Posted by Jeff Dowler, The Southern California Relocation Dude - Carlsbad (Solutions Real Estate ) over 6 years ago
Thanks all!!! I have always been in awe with my little Sis! She has incredible outlook to life! And an awesome smile!!
Posted by Yvonne Burdette-Van Camp, "Home"work, I have the Answers! (To Buy and Sell Real Estate, see me at Southwest Missouri Realty) over 6 years ago

What an inspiration your entire family is. I consider it an honor to have been able to play fiddle for you all when you were dancing in 1976. I have always been inspired by you all and that was BEFORE I read this amazing story. Rex and Helen are some awesome people, and I knew when I met you all that there was some underlying amazing strength amongst you all but I just couldn't pinpoint it.

Posted by Jill Dhristy Fowler over 6 years ago

Thanks Jill!   Nice for you to share too Jill!     You have always been a sweetheart!

Posted by Yvonne Burdette-Van Camp, "Home"work, I have the Answers! (To Buy and Sell Real Estate, see me at Southwest Missouri Realty) over 6 years ago