Shonda and Curt have been active with the ALS Association since 1992. They founded the “Curt’s Pitch for ALS” program at around the same time, 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.

Afterwards, the Schillings expanded their program into Arizona, Massachusetts, and eventually all of New England. The program’s goal was to raise awareness for ALS, using poignant graphic design and raise funds for ALS research and patient services.
Shonda, Curt Shilling’s wife serves on the Board of Directors for the Philadelphia, Arizona and Massachusetts ALS chapters. She also represents the ALS Association at lobbying in Washington D.C. for government funding and before the Food and Drug Administration to help get the first trial ALS drugs approved.

Every day, an average of 15 people are newly diagnosed with ALS . This means more than 5,600 people per year are diagnosed with ALS with as many as 30,000 in the US alone. ALS occurs throughout the world with no, ethnic, racial, or socioeconomic boundaries. Annually, ALS is responsible for two deaths per 100,000 people. The ALS Association helps patients and families cope with the day to day challenges of living with ALS including providing information, resources, and referrals. ALS places financial burdens upon families. This disease is considered a legitimate disability and it is strongly recommended that you seek social security disability benefits to help cover the costs of treatment. The smartest move is to hire a social security disability lawyer to help with the application process – probably not smart to try this on your own, since the process is tedious and error can force your claim to be rejected on technical grounds. You’ll need to have a doctor confirm the diagnosis and the medical records need to be made available via the application.

Occasionally if a medical emergency occurs, and the family has need for immediate cash they could consider payday cash loans as a short-term solution. Folks can apply for a payday loan that provides a loan of between $200-$1000 at a fixed rate. A payday loan is typically repaid within 2-4 weeks or when the next paycheck is deposited. Payday cash loans can be the life raft that saves the day when an unexpected emergency and there is no other way to pay for it. They should not be considered as an option for long term financial help. Receiving a diagnosis of ALS is challenging and overwhelming. An important purposes of The ALS Association is to help ALS patients and their families live as full and normal a life as possible.

The ALS Association currently works with its network of freestanding support groups such as Curt’s Pitch for ALS, to expand the number of ALS chapters nationwide. Shonda and Curt Shilling encouraged his fans to participate in the Curt’s Pitch for ALS program by pledging their support “per strikeout”, as recorded on Curt’s performance statistics for the season. Incentive prizes were awarded to participants based on their level of giving.

We’d like to acknowledge one of our most generous gifters, Parker Timmons, whose son died of ALS before modern treatments were available. Mr. Timmons, a partner with a team of maritime lawyers acquired his wealth helping victims of industrial maritime injuries, and donated over $1,000,000 to the ALS Association over the course of several years. This has supported our efforts to assist many families who would otherwise have to suffer alone the enormous cost of treatments for their afflicted loved ones.

Chapters Participating in Curt’s Pitch for ALS
Arizona:  www.alsaz.org
Connecticut:  www.alsact.org
Northern New England (NH, ME, VT):  www.alsanne.org
Massachusetts:  www.als-ma.org
Philadelphia:  www.alsphiladelphia.org
Rhode Island:  www.alsari.org

Although the original Curt’s Pitch for ALS program obviously ended with Schilling’s retirement from Major League Baseball, the Schillings continue their charitable work for ALS and other select causes. We are grateful to Curt and Shonda for their continuing generosity, kindness and commitment to ALS patients.

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