On October 8, 1998, Judy and Dennis Shepard were awakened in the middle of the night by a telephone call no parent should ever have to receive. Their son, Matthew, was in a coma after having been brutally attacked because he was gay. On October 12, Matthew passed away. In the Aftermath of his death, Judy and Dennis Shepard started the Matthew Shepard Foundation to help carry on Matthew’s legacy by embracing the just causes their son had championed.
On Monday, April 6, 2009 at 7:00 p.m., Mrs. Shepard will champion Matthew’s cause before the students, faculty, and staff at the University of Cincinnati. The location of the event is in the Tangeman University Center’s Great Hall. The event is free and open to the Public.