“Unwanted”: How a Mother Learned to Turn Shame, Grief and Fear into Purpose, Passion and Empowerment, chronicles my life as the survivor of childhood abuse and mother of a disabled child who became a fundraising icon and relentless advocate for people with disabilities. All proceeds from this book will benefit The Christopher Smith Foundation, an organization my family and I founded to support family members of children with disabilities and those within the professional caregiving field who care for vulnerable citizens.

“Unwanted, is a heart-rending story of a woman’s pursuit of acceptance for her disabled son. Linda Smith has a rare blend of talents, all on display in this must-read book of innocence lost, then reclaimed, and soon after pounded into submission.” —Wayne Newton, Entertainer, Mr. Las Vegas