Best Return to the Stage Denver 2009 - Lucy Roucis
Known for her luminous performances with Phamaly (Physically Handicapped Actors and Musical Artists League), Lucy Roucis suffers from Parkinson's disease. In 2008, she underwent the surgery she'd been thinking about for years, in which a battery-operated medical device is implanted in the brain to stimulate targeted areas and block abnormal nerve signals. As the medical staff worked, she found herself weeping for her father, who had died two years earlier. "I felt like he came to me and said, 'Toughen up. Get through this.' I felt like he was holding my hand." Since the surgery, Lucy's tremors have decreased markedly — and she's back on stage.