About Curt's Pitch for ALS:
Curt and Shonda Schilling founded the "Curt's Pitch for ALS" program more than a decade ago, when Curt was playing for the Philadelphia Phillies. At that time, the Schillings were introduced to an ALS patient, Dick Bergeron. That meeting was the driving force behind their commitment to the fight against ALS. They even named their first son "Gehrig," after the famous New York Yankee who died of ALS.
Since then, the Schillings have expanded their program into Arizona, Massachusetts, and now all of New England. The program aims to raise awareness for ALS, and raise funds for ALS research and patient services. Fans are encouraged to participate in the program by pledging their support "per strikeout", as recorded on Curt's performance statistics for the season. Incentive prizes are awarded to participants based on their level of giving.
About ALS Association, Massachusetts Chapter:
The Chapter was founded in 1990 by Ginny DelVecchio who was diagnosed with ALS herself in 1995. Having two family members with ALS, Ginny spent countless hours on the telephone trying to find services, special equipment, information about ALS and eventually formed a support group. A handful of people would gather at meetings held in her home. Out of this grew the Massachusetts Chapter.
Through the MA Chapter's Respite Care Program funding is provided for respite to caregivers of ALS patients. Respite may come in the form of home health care provided by a home health aide or registered nurse, or a stay in a skilled nursing, rehabilitation facility or an adult day health program.
The Chapter has five support groups for ALS patients, caregivers and family members. We continue our pledge to all ALS patients, their families, and their caregivers; to help in their struggle with this devastating disease. With determination and hard work we push forward with our mission to raise awareness, support patients, families and caregivers and provide funding for research to find the cause, treatment and cure of ALS. We are dedicated to this goal and we will continue to be there for you.
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