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In the evolution of the professional athlete wife and girlfriend, Curt Schilling's wife Shonda Schilling has played a pivotal role in advancing their status. From arm candy and simple groupies, Schilling helped evolve the WAG into independent women who wield their influence to help make a difference.
In 2001, Shonda was diagnosed with Stage 2 Malignant Melanoma. After multiple surgeries and dozens of scars, Shonda survived, but realized she could help to promote the dangers of the disease. After going on a media spree including national TV and print interview, Shonda invited Good Morning America into the OR during her final surgery. Shortly after beating the disease, Shonda became a spokeswoman for the American Academy of Dermatology.
After overwhelming positive responses from others having survived, Shonda launched the Shade Foundation of America. Children's Skin Care Education & Prevention. Shonda has traveled the country promoting skin care protection, and efforts to prevent sun related diseases. As part of her awareness, Shonda has run in every Boston Marathon since 2005, promoting the Shade Foundation.
In addition to Shade, Shonda Schilling has helped to raise awareness for the ALS Foundation, as well as Aspergers Syndrome. One of Curt and Shonda's sons, Grants, has this condition, causing Shonda to dive into the effort. The Schillings were married in 1992 and have four children, Grant, Gehrig, Gabriella, and Garrison. While Schilling joined the Red Sox late in his career, the family is happy in the greater Boston area, residing there today.
Shonda's experience with battling cancer, as well as her dedication to helping others is sure to come in handy. Through an ESPN statement on February 5, 2014, Schilling announced he has been diagnosed with an unspecified form of cancer. Ever the warrior on the field, the Schilling family will no doubt give the disease one hell of a fight. While saying thoughts and prayers is often overused, given everything the Schillings have already been through and everything they've already given back, our thoughts and prayers are with them.
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Man, Will Middlebrooks is racking up one hell of an impressive resume.
In somewhat of a throwaway line from an article in the Boston Globe from December 15, the world has officially learned that Will Middlebrooks and girlfriend Jenny Dell have taken things to the next level. Dell, the Red Sox field/sideline reporter for NESN, has been rumored to have been dating Middlebrooks since this summer, but was not confirmed. Many do question whether Jenny Dell dating one of the players she covers presents a conflict of interest. However, it appears that NESN is ok with their relationship, extending Dell another contract, and fully aware that the couple is living together. Considering that Dell serves as more of a host and television personality than a reporter (where she routinely introduces team friendly puff pieces and light interviews and segments) there's likely not a Pulitzer level of journalist integrity that needs protection here.
Middlebrooks clearly has something working for him. When we first met the Sox power hitting third baseman, Will Middlebrooks girlfriend Ann Lux was in the picture. Middlebrooks and Lux (of Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader fame) have since split up and gone their own way. Dell has done an exemplary job staying out of the limelight in her time in Boston, despite basically every male in the 18-99 demo vying for a date with her. Unfortunately, fellas - Cowboys cheerleaders and Jenny Dell prove that some guys have all the luck.
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John Henry's Wife Linda Pizzuti Henry rebuffed his advances for quite some time before the couple was eventually married in the summer of 2009. They first met at the Liberty Hotel on June 6, 2008 where they were introduced by mutual friends. John eventually proposed to Linda Pizzuti in the elevator at the Four Seasons hotel (though he did so in such a manner that, two weeks later, she actually had to ask him if it was a real proposal).
After the proposal confusion was cleared up, the couple were married when John Henry made Linda Pizzuti his wife on his yacht, the 164-foot Iroquois. The reception was held at Fenway Park, where Maroon 5 provided the entertainment. Tell you what, that wedding was a LOT classier than mine.
Linda Pizzuti attended college at MIT, where she studied real estate development. A huge travel buff, Linda has been to the top Mount Kilimanjaro (where she ate dinner, apparently) and enjoys scuba diving. John and Linda have a daughter, Sienna, who was born on September 28, 2010.