Each week Peachtree Corners Rotary Club enjoys lunch followed by a presentation and speaker. Scott Sikes, the executive director of Shepherd Center Foundation provided information to the club's members and their guests.
The Shepherd Center is the nation's largest nonprofit hospital devoted to research, intensive medical care, rehabilitation, and advocacy for people with spinal cord injury and disease, acquired brain injury, Multiple Sclerosis and chronic pain
The Shepherd Center Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization created to accept gifts on behalf of Shepherd Center.
Shepherd Center was founded in 1975 in Atlanta and has treated patients at its two metro Atlanta campuses from all 50 states and 50 foreign countries.
The majority of its patients come from outside of Georgia. Each year, nearly 1,000 people spend up to three months at Shepherd Center as in-patients recovering from brain and/or spinal cord injuries, and over 6,000 people are treated as outpatients.
The Foundation must raise many thousands of dollars daily to support the hospital's work. As an example, Shepherd Center's SHARE Military Initiative alone must raise $100,000 per month to pay for the brain injury rehabilitation of about 12 active duty and recently separated military service personnel.
Visit the Shepherd Center's website for more information.
Editor's note: The Peachtree Corners Rotary Club is made up of members from the surrounding communities including Norcross and Duluth and meets each Monday at noon in downtown Norcross at the . Visit the club's website for contact information and more details.
Come as a guest and learn more about Rotary. For membership information contact Sam Evans via email or by phone at 770-828-8303.