Former ‘Real Housewife’ keynotes benefit for Farmington Hills nonprofit

Heather Thomson, founder of Yummie, Inc. and former “Real Housewives of New York City” cast member, will speak at Spring Sensation, an April 19 fundraiser for The Emily Stillman Foundation based in Farmington Hills.

Heather Thomson
Heather Thomson will speak at a benefit for the Emily Stillman Foundation.

The foundation was created to preserve the memory of Emily Nicole Stillman, who was vaccinated for meningitis but succumbed in February of 2013 to a different strain of the disease. Proceeds from the event will all go toward raising awareness for meningococcal disease and organ donation.

A fashion designer, stylist, entrepreneur, TV personality, philanthropist, and a married mother of two children, Thomson is an advocate for several charities that have special meaning to her.

“Heather is a founding board member of the Kellner Pediatric Liver Foundation, dedicated to helping children get lifesaving medical treatment,” said Alicia Stillman, founder of The Emily Stillman Foundation. “As an advocate for organ donation, Heather is the perfect guest speaker, since we have a twofold mission and encourage awareness of organ and tissue donation.”

Alicia Stillman
Alicia Stillman holds a photo of her daughter, Emily, who died from meningitis in 2013.

Stillman wants people to learn from her family’s tragedy, and to realize that “this can happen to anyone.”

“Our goal is to create a world where there is no ‘wait list’ for organ donation, and where meningitis is eradicated,” she said. “My daughter died of a vaccine preventable disease because the vaccine was not available to us. It is available now. I could not protect my daughter, but you can protect yours.”

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