Lucille O'Neal at MELD Celebrity Event

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- You may not know this next lady by her first name, but chances are all you need is a first name to recognize her son.

The Mother of Shaq, Lucille O'Neal was the featured speaker at Thursday night's MELD Celebrity Event at Giovanni's. Lucille travels around the country spreading her inspirational message. She had Shaquille while she was still a senior in high school and she says at the time she was running with the wrong crowd.

O'Neal said the birth of her son turned her life around. Lucille wrote a book called "Walk Like You Have Somewhere to Go" and it describes how she said she made the change from mental welfare to mental health.

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