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Trauma survivor to speak in Shelbyville

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Elizabeth Smart
(Submitted photo)
Elizabeth Smart, now 24, will tell her tale of perseverance at Shelbyville Central High's theater at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20. Her speech, "Overcoming Adversity," will share insight to triumphing over trauma.

Smart, an abduction survivor whose story was one of the most widely-followed kidnapping cases in history, is speaking in celebration of the fifth anniversary of Heritage Medical Center's Healthy Woman Program.

The program and expo will also feature how to prevent the past from dictating the future.

New program

In particular, the community will hear a preview about a program the hospital plans to launch soon, the radKIDS program.

"We hope to roll this program out after the first of the year to educate the community on how to recognize, avoid and respond to danger if necessary," said Charisse Judkins, HMC marketing director.

RadKIDS is a partner program of the Elizabeth Smart Foundation.


A revolutionary leader in child empowerment safety education. radKIDS is dedicated to providing children with a hands-on, activity-based, physical skill development program -- empowering them with instinctual options they need to recognize, avoid and, if necessary, respond to potential danger.

When a child is approached or grabbed, the response needs to be immediate, instinctual and absolute.

For more information, visit http://radKIDS.org. Stayed tuned for more information on the program in future editions of the Times-Gazette.

Women's expo

Prior to Smart's keynote speech, a women's expo will begin at 4:30 p.m. Free health screenings, information, vendor contact and door prizes are included.

Tickets are $15, and include the expo, heavy hors d'oeuvres and Smart's speech. Seating is limited, and tickets are required. They may be purchased at Heritage Medical Center, First Community Bank, or online at http://www. HeritageMedicalCenter.com/HealthyWoman.

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