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Dinner supports child speech program

Apr. 08, 2013 @ 11:02 PM

HUNTINGTON -- The 6th annual Scottish Rite Spring Dinner was hosted Monday at the Marshall University Memorial Student Center.

All proceeds from the dinner go to the Scottish Rite Child Speech-Language Program through the Speech and Hearing Center, which provides a training site for students in Marshall's Department of Communication Disorders.

Honored Monday as the 2013 Scottish Rite Poster Child was Emily York, 6, who as a small child was diagnosed with severe apraxia of speech, which denied her the ability to be understood by her family. She's been working with speech therapists at the Marshall University Speech and Hearing Center and progressed tremendously.

Guest speakers included Dr. Joe and Toby Werthammer, who presented "Hope and the Long Road Home ...The Story of Nick," which tells of their son's recovery after a traumatic brain injury left him unable to speak at the age of 15. Now at age 31, after years of speech therapy with Marshall's center, Nick has a family and works at Cabell Huntington Hospital.

Since 2002, the Scottish Rite Program has provided comprehensive services to children with communication disorders, without regard to a family's ability to pay. Mickey Martin, president of the Scottish Rite Foundation, said the organization has raised more than half of a million dollars since its founding and has given much of that to Marshall University.



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