Release Date: 12/11/2007
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Curt and Shonda Schilling Dedicate ALS Clinic at Lahey Clinic
Burlington, MA—Lahey Clinic President and Chief Executive Officer David M. Barrett, MD, and James A. Russell, DO, welcomed Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling and his wife Shonda at the dedication last night of the Curt and Shonda Schilling ALS Clinic at Lahey.
“One thing that has been great has been our ability to interact with people like Dr. Russell, Dr. Barrett and their staff,” said pitching ace Curt Schilling. “It has allowed us to unconsciously give to impact families affected by ALS.”
The Schillings were joined by Maureen Shambo and Betsy Wise for the dedication of the Joseph Shambo, Jr., exam room and the Wise Family Resource Room honoring their loved ones, who died of ALS.
“We feel fortunate to be able to recognize and remember former patients Joseph Shambo, Jr. and Peter Wise and their families by the dedication of two rooms named in their honor,” said ALS Clinic Co-Director James A. Russell, DO. “It was a wonderful evening that highlighted the selfless and substantial contributions made in behalf of the ALS cause by the Schilling family, the Massachusetts Chapter of the ALS Association, and the staff of the Schilling ALS Clinic at Lahey Clinic.”
The Clinic includes bigger exam rooms with computers, state of the art medical equipment and a family meeting room. This was all made possible with the Schilling's fundraising efforts, the support of the Boston Red Sox fans and the ALS Association's Massachusetts Chapter. “Curt's Pitch for ALS” has raised more than $8 million for the national ALS Association.
The ALS Clinic is located in the Department of Neurology at Lahey. The clinic officially became a Center of Excellence after an exhaustive review of the facility was given by some of the country's leading neurologists.
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's disease," is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Motor neurons reach from the brain to the spinal cord and from the spinal cord to the muscles throughout the body. The progressive degeneration of the motor neurons in ALS eventually lead to their death.
About Lahey Clinic
Lahey Clinic, a physician-led, nonprofit group practice, is world-renowned for innovative technology, pioneering medical treatment, and leading-edge research. A teaching hospital of Tufts University School of Medicine, the Clinic provides quality health care in virtually every specialty and subspecialty, from primary care to cancer diagnosis and treatment to kidney and liver transplantation.
About ALS Association Massachusetts Chapter
The ALS Association Massachusetts Chapter is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization. Its mission is to lead the fight to cure and treat ALS through global, cutting-edge research, and to empower people with Lou Gehrig's disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support. The ALS Association Massachusetts Chapter offers more than a dozen free services for patients and their families, including a respite care program, an equipment loan program, a transportation program and support groups. The ALS Association is the largest private source of funding for ALS research anywhere in the world.