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9/17/10: Shonda Schilling to be featured speaker at Emerson Hospital Auxiliary annual meeting

Shonda Schilling will be the keynote speaker at the annual meeting of the Emerson Hospital Auxiliary. Shonda is the wife of retired Boston Red Sox All-Star pitcher Curt Schilling.

The annual meeting of the Emerson Hospital Auxiliary will be held on Wednesday, October 13, from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Nashawtuc Country Club (1861 Sudbury Road in Concord).  The event is open to the public and tickets can be purchased for $25.00 by contacting Maryrose Sykes at 978-369-9677 or at b_sykes@comcast.net.

The mother of four children, Shonda will share her story about their family’s journey with their son, who was diagnosed with Aspergers’s syndrome, and how that diagnosis changed their lives.

In her book “The Best Kind of Different,” Shonda describes every step in her family’s journey through Asperger’s and provides a candid portrait of this condition from a parent’s point of view.  She is also a survivor of malignant melanoma skin cancer—an experience which led her to create the Shade Foundation of America.  

At the Auxiliary meeting, Shonda will talk about being a parent, how she keeps the children out of the celebrity limelight, and many other parenting topics.

The Emerson Hospital Auxiliary supports the hospital’s community awareness, patient support, and fundraising activities.  Anyone interested in becoming a member or learning about the Auxiliary should contact Karen McCarthy at 978-371-2133. 

Emerson Hospital is a multi-site health system headquartered in Concord, Mass., with additional facilities in Bedford, Sudbury, Groton, Westford, and Maynard.  The 179-bed hospital provides advanced medical services to more than 300,000 individuals in 25 towns.

The Emerson Hospital Auxiliary supports Emerson through increased community awareness, health-related education, and fundraising initiatives. Over the past decade, the Auxiliary’s fundraising efforts have helped to raise more than $3M for hospital equipment, facilities, and services. For more information about the Emerson Hospital Auxiliary, visit www.emersonhospital.org.