The Silent Why Podcast (10/18/22)
Greg was recently interviewed for The Silent Why, a podcast which explores the cycle of
loss, grief, and eventual hope.
The Silent Why #054: Loss of a Young Granddaughter
Reagan's Rescue Featured in Francis Marion Focus
article about the work of Reagan's Rescue was published in the most recent issue of the Francis Marion Focus, a periodical
put out by Franis Marion University, Florence, South Carolina. Greg received his Master's from FMU in 1993.
Greg and Marsha Appear Before Illinois House Committee
the invitation of Rep. Chad Hays, Greg spoke before the Illinois House Judiciary-Criminal Committee in the State Capitol Building
on April 4, 2017, in favor of House Bill 304, which calls for increased sentences for those convicted of killing a minor child
as a result of abuse.
Greg and Marsha Attend International Conference
and Marsha hosted the Family Reception at the 15th Annual International Conference on Shaken Baby Syndrome (Abusive Head Trauma)
in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on September 26, 2016. Families from the US and several Canadian provinces were in attendance.
The purpose of this special gathering was to create a network of support and for families of survivors and victims to
share their personal stories with each other. The conference was held from September 24 to September September 27.
Greg's Book Available Now
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Greg on WDAN Radio
appeared on Newsmakers with Nicole Miller on 1490 WDAN radio on July 1, 2016, to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Reagan's
passing and to update listeners on Reagan's Rescue.
Reagan's Family Visits National Center in Utah
On June 19, 2015, Greg and Marsha, along with their son, Ian, and daughter-in-law, Dani, took a brief tour of the
National Center on Shaken Baby Syndrome, located in Farmington, Utah.
Reagan's Rescue Scholarship Announced
Danville High School Senior Andrew Xiong was selected as the 2015 recipient of the Reagan's Rescue Scholarship. Andrew
is planning to pursue a career in law enforcement and will begin his studies at Danville Area Community College. The
award was $500 and was presented to Andrew by Marsha (Reagan's paternal grandmother) and her daughter, Bailey, at a May 12
Greg on Radio Program
appeared on WDAN's Newsmakers with Linda Bolton on Friday, Februrary 27, to discuss Shaken Baby Syndrome (Abusive Head
Trauma) and the work of Reagan's Rescue.
Greg Speaks to AVID Classes
February 6, 2015, Greg spoke to the North Ridge Middle School AVID classes regarding the responsibilities of creating and
maintaining a public charity. The AVID students are currently planning to donate supplies to the local women's shelter
in Danville in memory of Reagan.
Domestic Violence Awareness Month Observance
in partnership with Crosspoint Human Services, participated in the Memorial Walk Against Domestic Violence on Oct. 25
at 10 a.m. The walk began at Crossroads Christian Church, located at 3613 N. Vermilion, and ended with
a balloon release at Sunset Memorial Park in Danville. Greg spoke about the role of community
and the importance of sanctuary in domestic violence cases. The event was the culmination of several local activities
in observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
Mile High City Conference
Marsha offered an updated version of their Powerpoint presentation "One Small Candle: Creating an SBS Advocacy Group"
on September 23, 2014, from 3:30-4:30 for the Fourteenth International Conference on Shaken Baby Syndrome (Abusive Head Trauma).
The conference was held at the Grand Hyatt in Denver, Colorado.
Reagan's Rescue Participates in 2014 Community Spotlight
Rescue was chosen by McDonald's and Neuhoff Broadcasting to be featured in over 500 commercials during the month of January
2014. These spots aired on WDAN, D-102, and 94.9 K-ROCK. This opportunity coincided with what would have been
Reagan's 10th birthday, so we celebrated this gift to her by sharing her story and her legacy--Shaken Baby Syndrome awareness.
Marsha lent her voice to the PSA.
Greg Speaks at Meeting
spoke at a Women's Club meeting at the United Methodist Church in Bismarck, Illinois, on Thursday, October 17. The topic
was the work of Reagan's Rescue in the last seven years.
Reagan's Rescue Participates in Mall Event
Reagan's Rescue participated in the Peace in the Home Domestic Violence Awareness Day at the Village Mall in Danville
from 10 a.m. until noon on Saturday, October 12. Our table offered information about Shaken Baby Syndrome along with
free brochures, posters, wristbands, bookmarks, and lanyards.
Reagan's Rescue Chosen as Hero of the Day
Peoria, Illinois, minor league baseball team, the Chiefs, hosted a fundraising night for The Pediatric Resource Center in
Peoria. The center provides specialized medical evaluations for children suspected of being victims of sexual abuse,
physical abuse, and/or neglect. The center chose Reagan's Rescue to receive the honor of "Hero of the Day"
at the July 20, 2013, game. Reagan's Rescue will had a great opportunity to share its story with the crowd at the game.
15th Annual Poker Run Benefits Reagan's Rescue
Danville Firefighters Local 429 in partnership with The Friendly Tavern held the 15th Annual Poker Run on July 13, 2013. This
fundraiser has become one of the larger in the area and has seen as many as 700 people show up for the day's festivities.
Check back for photos.
15th Annual Poker Run at the Friendly Tavern July 13, 2013
Reagan's Rescue Speaks at Conference
Greg and Marsha spoke at a conference for the GFWC Illinois Federation of Women's Clubs on July 12 at the Parke Hotel
in Bloomington, IL. Thanks to Karel Volpert for the invitation to spread awareness of Shaken Baby Syndrome and to share the
mission and work of Reagan's Rescue.
Justin Hines "Vehicle of Change Tour" Benefit
Internationally recognized Canadian singer-songwriter Justin Hines presented
a benefit concert for Reagan's Rescue on July 11 at 7 p.m. at the Vineyard Church of Danville, 3733 N. Poolside, Danville.
This concert was part of his "Vehicle of Change Tour" of North America which has helped spread awareness of
community charities and organizations. Justin appeared with the duo Ash and Bloom. The evening was extremely
moving and memorable. The band left with a Reagan Emery Bear as they continued through the US and Canada.
Justin Hines "Vehicle of Change Tour" Benefit Concert for Reagan's Rescue July 11, 2013
Radio Interview on WDAN
representing Reagan's Rescue, appeared on Linda Bolton's morning show on 1490 WDAN, along with Ryan Allison from the Danville
Fire Fighters and a Teen Reach representative. The topic was the upcoming Poker Run. The program aired live on
WDAN. Immediately following, Greg spoke with Tommy B on WDNL.
Greg Gives Presentation at Altrusa Meeting
Greg was a guest of Altrusa Internationl at their July 2 meeting held in the Vermilion Room at Danville Area Community
College. He spoke about the history of Reagan's Rescue and about several upcoming projects.
Greg Speaks in Peoria
In April 2013, Greg
was the guest speaker at Peoria's Center for Prevention of Abuse as a kickoff to Child Abuse Prevention Month.
Greg Speaks in Piatt County
Greg spoke before the Piatt County Cares coalition in February 2013. The meeting was held at Kirby
Medical Center in Monticello, Illinois.
Reagan's Rescue Provides Two Parenting Workshops
Greg and Marsha presented two workshops for young mothers and mothers-to-be at the Center for Children's
Services on Tuesday, November 6, and Thursday, November 8, 2012. Topics included the dangers of Shaken Baby Syndrome
and methods for coping with crying.
Greg Speaks at Local Church
In observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Greg spoke at Bowman Avenue United Methodist Church
on Sunday, October 21, 2012, on the progress of Reagan's Rescue. His presentation was entitled, "Turning Misery
Reagan's Rescue Booth at Mall Event
Reagan's Rescue provided SBS awareness materials at a booth at the first annual Peace in
the Home Domestic/Family Violence Awareness Event in the Center Court of the Village Mall, Danville, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
on Saturday, October 6, 2012.
|Reagan's Rescue Table at Peace in the Home Domestic Violence Event
Reagan's Rescue Participates in Conference
Reagan's Rescue participated in the Vermilion County Child Abuse Prevention, Intervention, and
Treatment (CAPIT) Coalition conference at DACC's Bremer Conference Center on October 4, 2012. Greg was the keynote speaker,
sharing Reagan's family's journey through the legal and child protection service systems in a speech entitled, "A Call
to Change...The Need for Communication."
Reagan's Rescue Returns to International
Greg and Marsha conducted a workshop entitled "One Small
Candle: Creating an SBS Advocacy Group" for the Twelfth International Conference on Shaken Baby Syndrome on Saturday,
September 29, 2012, in Boston, Massachusetts. This was the third time Reagan's Rescue was represented; previous conferences
were held in Vancouver, British Columbia (2008), and Atlanta, Georgia (2010).
Supply Drive for Women's Shelter
July 2, the sixth anniversary of Reagan's death due to child abuse, was also the day Reagan's Rescue
held a supply drive for the Women's Shelter at Your Family Resource Connection in Danville (location of Reagan's playroom).
The shelter is always in need of non-perishable food and toiletries for women and children. Remember, any donation
is tax-deductible as Reagan's Rescue is a 501(c)(3) public charity.
Greg Speaks to Fathering Group at CCS
Greg spoke to a Father's Parenting Group at the Center for Children's Services in Danville on June 12
on the topic of Shaken Baby Syndrome and Handling Crying. Many thanks to D. L. Williams who explained "Your misery
can become your ministry."
Pinwheels for Prevention 2012 in front of Edison
|Pinwheels for Prevention 2012
|Pinwheels for Prevention 2012
Reagan's Story Presented at Conference
Greg, representing Reagan's Rescue, spoke at a regional child abuse prevention conference on April
27, 2012, in Decatur, Illinois, on the topic of navigating through the legal system. The event was sponsored by
Prevent Child Abuse Illinois.
Reagan Williams Memorial Track Meet
The 6th Annual Reagan Williams Memorial Track Invitational was held at the Danville High School Field
House on March 24, 2012.
Greg Presents Workshop at DACC
On Saturday, March 3, 2012, Greg presented a workshop entitled "Shaken Babies, Shaken Lives"
for the 23 Annual Developing Child Conference held at the Bremer Conference Center at Danville Area Community College.
BBC Radio Documentary Features
A BBC World Service radio documentary on Shaken Baby Syndrome,
originally broadcast on June 9, 2011 and broadcast in a longer version on June 11, continues to be available on
the BBC World Service website. The documentary includes interviews with Reagan's father, Ian Williams, and her grandfather,
Greg. BBC World Service can be heard on National Public Radio stations as well as on the Internet at www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p002vsn0. Reporter Linda Pressly and producer Polly Hope came to Danville in January 2011 for the interview. The
program is entitled "Shaken Babies."
Shaken Babies BBC World Service link
CAPIT Coalition Meeting Held--Friday,
July 15, in Danville, moderated by Tamara Guy from Prevent Child Abuse Illinois. CAPIT stands for Child Abuse Prevention
Intervention and Treatment. Reagan's Rescue has been invited to become a partner in this new and much needed group.
Greg Conducts Workshop in Springfield
On July 13, 2011, Greg conducted a training workshop on Shaken Baby Syndrome for physicians and nurses
at the Central Counties Health Center, Inc. in Springfield, Illinois.
Monical's Community Day Fundraiser for Reagan's
Rescue in Kankakee Area--July 5, 2011.
2011 Reagan's Rescue Scholarship Winner--Danville
High School graduate Andrew Hafner, who is pursuing a degree as a firefighter.
Community Day at Monical's Pizza--Monday, April 11, fundraiser for Reagan's Rescue at the three Danville Monical's Pizza locations.
5th Annual Reagan Williams Memorial Track
Invitational--March 26, 2011, at the Danville High School Field House. Proceeds went toward the Reagan's Rescue
Greg Speaks at Illinois Family Violence Coordinating
Representing Reagan's Rescue, Greg spoke on domestic
violence issues before the Illinois Family Violence Coordinating Council on November 16, 2010. The meeting, held
at the Villa Maria Catholic Life Center along the shores of Lake Springfield, was part of the group's annual retreat which
brings together representatives from Judicial Circuits around the state.
Reagan's Rescue Presents Worskhop at International
Greg and Marsha Williams, Reagan's paternal grandparents, presented
a workshop at the 11th Annual International Conference on Shaken Baby Syndrome. The conference, at the Intercontinental
Buckhead Hotel in Atlanta, Georgia, was held from Saturday, September 11 through Wednesday, September 15, 2010. Monday's
workshop was entitled "One Small Candle: Creating an SBS Advocacy Group." Below are pictures of
Greg and Marsha with Shaken Baby Coalition co-founder Debbie Dycus amd our display table at the conference.
Greg Delivers Message for Violence Coordinating
Greg appeared before the 5th Judicial Circuit Vermilion County Family
Violence Coordinating Council meeting on September 15, 2010. The council brings together advocates, representatives
from various social agencies, community leaders, and members of law enforcement and criminal justice professions to discuss
countywide issues related to violence. A short video entitled vi'o-lence, produced by Hoopeston Area High School
students, focused on recent high-profile homicides in Vermilion County, including Reagan. Greg spoke on the need for
more effective communication between various stakeholders. Those in attendance included Mayor Eisenhauer, Rep. Bill
Black, State's Attorney Randy Brinegar, County Board Chairman Jim McMahon, and moderator Linda Bolton.
Reagan's Rescue Represented at Domestic Violence
Greg and Marsha attended a domestic violence awareness candlelight
vigil sponsored by the GFWC Illinois Federation of Women's Clubs. The event was held outside around the fountain
in front of the Thelma Keller Convention Center at the Hilton Garden Inn in Effingham, Illinois. Greg spoke about creating
2010 Child Abuse Prevention Program Excellence
Prevent Child Abuse Illinois has chosen Reagan's Rescue as the recipient
of its 2010 Central Region Child Abuse Prevention Program Excellence Award. The award was presented to Reagan's great-grandparents,
Jim and Roberta Williams, at the Governor's Mansion in Springfield, Illinois, on April 1 as part of the kick-off to Child
Abuse Prevention Month in Illinois and around the country. Reagan's Rescue also had an information booth at the event.
Future Problem Solvers Finalists for SBS
The North Ridge Middle School Future Problem Solvers
of Danville, Illinois, were finalists for their Shaken Baby Syndrome prevention campaign. The FPS International Convention
was held in LaCrosse, Wisconsin, from June 9-13, 2010. Reagan's Rescue is grateful for the group's yearlong project
and all of their efforts on behalf of innocent children everywhere.
|NRMS FPS "I Will Prevent It" Booth
|FPS Members Christian Cunningham and Alexis Simmons discuss project
Future Problem Solvers Attempt World Record
On May 14, 2010, the North Ridge Middle School Future Problem Solvers
once again attempted to break a world record by launching Mentos in liters of Diet Pepsi. Although the group fell short
of the needed number of participants, the publicity for the event did successfully raise awareness of Shaken Baby Syndrome.
The launch was part of the FPS "I Will Prevent It" Campaign.
|5, 4, 3, 2, 1...I Will Prevent It!
Future Problem Solvers Display Pinwheels
for Prevention--April 2010, in front of North Ridge Middle School, Danville, Illinois.
Lakeview College of Nursing Presentation--April
15, 2010. Greg spoke as a part of the school's Domestic Violence seminar.
Reagan and Reagan's Rescue Cited in Illinois House Resolution--April
19-25, 2010, SBS Awareness Week in Illinois.
4th Annual Reagan Williams Memorial Track
Invitational--March 27, 2010, in the DHS Field House.