140 year of Shriners

140 year of Shriners

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Timberlake and Shriners Hospital for Chlidren PGA Tour Event

Justin Timberlake Teams with Shriners Hospitals for PGA TOUR Event
Six-time Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter, record producer and actor Justin Timberlake has teamed with Shriners Hospitals for Children to become the co-host of the
PGA TOUR’s Las Vegas golf event, known in 2007 as the Frys.com Open Benefiting Shriners Hospitals for Children.

The event – now the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open – is part of the PGA TOUR’s Fall Series and will be played Oct. 13-19 at TPC Summerlin.

“I couldn’t be more excited to cohost the upcoming 2008 Las Vegas tournament and to be involved with the Shriners Hospitals for Children,” Timberlake said. “We will make
Shriners International Team Championship
Dates: Oct. 18–20, 2008 Location: Las Vegas, Nev.
Teams: Consist of two Shriners and two prospective Shriners. Every temple, club
and unit are invited to register to golf.
Format: Scramble
Entry Fee: $350 per team member For more information, please visit the Shriners International Team Championship Web site at www.shrinersgolfteam.org.
sure to make this event unique and memorable, and we will raise moneyfor charity while participating in the greatest game ever played. I thank the PGA TOUR and Shriners Hospitals
for Children for this amazing opportunity.

Raising money to better children’s lives while playing golf? I can’t think of a better way to pass
the time.”
As part of his involvement, Timberlake will play in the celebrity pro-am and host a concert during the tournament week. Shriners Hospitals remains the beneficiary of the event,
which will be televised on the Golf Channel and will reach 130 countries.
“We couldn’t be happier that Justin Timberlake will be a part of the tournament,” said Ralph W. Semb, Chairman of Shriners Hospitals for Children’s Board of Trustees. “Justin’s
involvement will bring an unprecedented amount of attention and interest to the event, which will assist us in helping young people receive the quality medical treatment they deserve,
at no charge.
We look forward to the bright future of this event.”

May 4th Shrine Auditorium





Sunday afternoon, May 4 3:30 pm

Shrine Auditorium 665 West Jefferson Boulevard Los Angeles

You are cordially invited to the Jr. Philharmonic Orchestra's 71st Anniversary Concert Spectacular under the baton of long-time concertmaster Gary S. Greene. Wink Martindale will MC and legendary Hollywood columnist Army Archerd will host the Annual Celebrity "Battle of Batons." Actress June Lockhart will be a special guest.

Free tickets may be obtained by sending a Self-Addressed Stamped Envelope to the Jr. Philharmonic, Box W, 157 South Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036. Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. www.jrphil.org

The concert program includes Rimsky-Korsakov's Dance of the Clowns and Scheherazde, Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 4, Borodin's Dances from Prince

Romanian Boy to Shriners Hospital for Children-Los Angeles

Local charity comes to rescue of Romanian boy
By Jens Dana, Deseret News
Published: Tuesday, April 29, 2008 12:36 a.m. MDT

SPANISH FORK — A weekend charity auction organized for a 9-year-old Romanian boy, who suffered serious burns in a house fire, drew in more money than its grateful sponsors expected.

With the help of friends and family, Brigham Young University students Ashley and Jessica, both 20, organized a charity auction Saturday night at Primrose Retreat Day Spa in Spanish Fork to raise money to bring Marius to the U.S. for reconstructive surgery.

By the end of the night, the auction raised an estimated $3,200. Subsequent donations following the auction raised another $5,000. Combined with the results of previous charity efforts, the group has raised an estimated $22,000 to benefit Marius.

"We got a lot more than we expected," said Ludlow, a BYU junior from San Diego studying childhood development. "We felt the support from people who came."

Team Marius — Ashley & Jessica's charity group — has secured airfare, and Shriners Hospital in Los Angeles will foot the cost of reconstructive surgeries for Marius' and subsequent procedures. But Ludlow said they still need to cover other costs, including translator fees, travel and housing expenses for Marius and his brother.

In November 2007, Marius woke in the middle of the night to find himself and his home engulfed in flames. He managed to escape through a window, but the blaze left him scarred with burns covering 75 percent of his body, and, worse yet, an orphan.

Romanian doctors amputated Marius' fingers because of the severity of the burns, and they performed skin grafts. But the boy who once flashed a 1,000-watt smile remained severely disfigured. For a month and a half, he lay in St. Maria's Children's Hospital in Iasi, Romania, completely neglected — except for his older brother who traveled four hours by taxi every other week to visit.

Then entered Ashley and Jessica

The two BYU students came to the hospital as part of an internship program through BYU's School of Family Life. They met Marius when they joined a group of fellow students to wish him a happy birthday on Jan. 28. Ahsley said she was hesitant at first because she is "squeamish" around blood.

"I have a really hard time with scenes like that," she said. "He's a bit hard to look at at first."

Jessica, from Mesa, Ariz., also expressed surprise at seeing Marius' mangled face, but that feeling soon passed when she looked into his crystal-blue eyes.

"These bright blue eyes were just staring from a burned little face," she said. "And it really touched me."

After their brief visit, the image of Marius' eyes, along with his cheerful disposition, remained with the two young women, as well as another thought: the bleakness of his future in Romania.

The little remaining skin on Marius' face is tightening, causing his eyes to droop. At night the young boy can't close his eyes to sleep. Doctors told the two that he'll eventually go blind.
Ashley & Jessica decided to do something about it. They recruited their families, who were more than willing to help after seeing photos of Marius, to raise money and research protocol to bring Marius to the States.

Shriners Hospital at Los Angeles accepted Marius for treatment, which he will have to receive until he's 18, and Team Marius hopes to bring him to the U.S. by June or July.

Ashley said she's grateful for the support they've received in this endeavor, as well as the opportunity to help Marius.

"This is just a rare chance we had to reach to someone who doesn't have as much chances as we do," she said.

More information about Marius, Team Marius and ways to contribute can be found at teammarius.org

E-MAIL: jdana@desnews.com

Monday, April 28, 2008

Scouts Donate Cookie Proceeds

Scouts donate cookie proceeds

April 28, 2008

ROSEBURG, Or.: The nine members of Girl Scout Troop 553 sold more than 1,400 boxes of cookies and decided to donate 10 percent of the profits to the Portland Shriners Hospital for Children.

The girls are home schooled and are between the ages of 5 and 8. They include Emily , Sarah, Megan, Eiley, Hanna, Olivia, Emma, Taylor and Meg. Their leaders are Rebecca Blum and Terry Roelke.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Boy who nearly lost leg may walk again

By Denise Dador Go to abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/health&id=6097695 to view the video

LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A young boy nearly loses his leg to an insect bite, and now he's getting a chance to walk normally again.

Three years ago, an insect bite nearly killed five-year-old Kofi Saliah. The infection entered his lymphatic system and ate away at his right leg.

He and his mother, Mary, live alone in a small fishing village in Ghana. Speaking through an interpreter, she says an African child with a disability basically has no future.

"When a baby is handicapped in Africa, he will surely grow up to beg on the street," said Mary through her interpreter Dennis Okyere.
Story continues below

Ghana doctors managed to save his life and his leg. But Kofi needed specialized surgery to regain function. Missionaries from Life Ministry heard about his ordeal. After two years of planning, the group arranged to bring Kofi to Shriners Hospital for Children.

"What we're going to do is take a little piece of tissue in this shape, like the shape of a little loaf of bread here, move it behind his knee and reconnect the blood vessels to a blood vessel here," explains Dr. Curtis Cetrulo from Shriners Hospital for Children.

Hopefully microsurgical grafting will get Kofi's knee to bend normally again. The next challenge is to find a way to even out his legs.

"The growth center is affected to, so his leg is going to be a little shorter when he's 14," said Dr. Norman Otsuka from the Shriners Hospital for Children.

The eight hour surgery will be performed free of charge, and it'll take several follow-up visits to achieve optimum results.

Mary is grateful her son is receiving care, but she says so many more children in Ghana also need help.

Kofi hopes he'll grow to be a strong man, so he can take care of his mom.

"And he'll come out successfully, and be a good guy, and go to school and help his mother," said Kofi through interpreter Dennis Okyere.

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

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Reporter and new Shriners Hospital for Children

London may not have missed out on much
Mon, April 21, 2008
Shriners hospital in Montreal turns out to be no big deal


London isn’t getting a Shriners hospital. Montreal may not, either.

While Montreal beat the Forest City in a push to land a new Canadian hospital from the international fraternity, it now looks like the planned facility will be much more humble than many expected.

“It’s probably not a hospital,” Ralph Semb, chairperson of the Shriners Hospitals board of trustees, said from his Massachusetts home.

“We’re really (considering) just a small facility. We’re talking 20 beds. It’s just a little bump.”

Reports out of Montreal last week had high-ranking Shriners approving construction of the new facility in Montreal’s west end. Semb, however, said that’s untrue.

The group, he says, agreed to write a letter to McGill University to discuss the possibility of affiliating a proposed new university hospital with a Shriners facility.

The Shriners have not yet done a business case for the Montreal development, Semb said.

“We’re looking at the possibility of a health-care facility” as opposed to a hospital, he said.

“You don’t have full-blown services.

“If we needed services, we would get them from the hospital next door.”

The oft-cited cost estimate — $100 million — has been floating around for 20 years and probably isn’t accurate, he added.

The existing Shriners hospital in Montreal was built in 1925. London was selected by a committee as the site of a new facility but failed in 2005 to get the votes needed to move it here.

At that time, it was expected the contested hospital would have 40 to 60 beds. Semb says he was always surprised by the fierce competition between London and Montreal.

“I never could figure out why there was so much do about it,” he said.

Attempts to reach leaders of the local Shriners were unsuccessful.

Patrick Maloney is a Free Press reporter.

Shriners screening clinic set this month

Shriners Hospital is holding a screening clinic from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. April 26 at Oldemeyer Center, 986 Hilby Ave., Seaside.The clinic is for children younger than 18 years of age with orthopedic conditions, spinal-cord injuries, burns, burn-related problems and cosmetic plastic surgery.

Health-care professionals will screen children for possible acceptance into the free medical programs offered by Shriners Hospitals for Children in Northern California.

(916) 453-2000.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Shriners of Colorado Springs

A healing hand for the little ones who need it


Nine-month-old Dulce Maria looked healthy and content on a recent day at the Colorado Springs Shriners club, dressed head-to-toe in pink and clutching a turquoise balloon.

But Dulce's family fears that the inward tilt of her tiny toes signals the beginning of chronic hip problems that plague her sisters, 12-year-old Sofia and 14-year-old Mayola.

The genetic condition brought Mayola to the Shriners hospital in Mexico City as a baby for surgery to repair her dislocated hip. Shriners doctors also stabilized Sofia's hips with a metal brace.

"They've done a lot for me and my sister," Mayola said.

Now in Colorado Springs, the family has returned to the Shriners for help.

Few people know it, but one Saturday each month the Colorado Springs chapter of the Al Kaly Temple of the Shrine opens its doors in Old Colorado City to babies, children and teens needing medical help.

The Shriners can't treat all of them, but for many issues - including severe burns, cleft palates and orthopedic problems - the organization can send children to one of its 22 hospitals for expert care.

No insurance? No problem. It's free.

"We're into it for the little ones," said Shriners hospital representative Bob Kula.

For 85 years the Shriners organization has provided free medical care for 835,000 children worldwide, according to its Web site. It gets its money through donations, membership dues and fundraisers.

It's not clear how many they've helped in the Pikes Peak region, but local Shriners have dealt with some serious cases. Two of the five children set on fire, allegedly by their mother, in late January were sent to the Shriners burn hospital in Galveston, Texas.

Children without such traumatic injuries go through the screening process first.

Kula said Colorado Springs used to hold just two screenings per year, but they got crowded.

"We had 37 at one of them," Kula said.

By the mid-1990s they started holding monthly clinics, which could draw 10 children or no children, officials said.

The process begins on screening day with a lot of paperwork. Dr. Ralph, a Shriner and former Air Force surgeon, examines the children and documents issues with photos.

Everything gets sent to Al Kaly headquarters in Pueblo for approval, then on to the Shriners hospital that treats the specific problem. Orthopedic issues often get sent to Salt Lake City; children with cleft palates often head to Chicago. It takes about two months from the screening for a child to be approved for treatment.

On April 12, seven children came to the Colorado Springs screening, including the family of Skyler.

While his mom, Rachel, talked to a Shriner, Skyler munched on a cookie while his brother, 4-yearold Bradley, enjoyed a chocolate-covered doughnut with sprinkles.

His mom explained that Skyler has cerebral palsy that affects his left side. He drags his left leg when he walks, and when he runs, he holds his left arm against his body.

They've been through plenty of doctors with no luck, so they hope the Shriners hospitals can help.

So does the family of 8-year-old Victoria, whose heel ligaments are too tight, causing her to have problems walking.

Her parents, Kevin and Danielle, heard about the Shriners screening through a friend.

"You do what you need to do for your children," Kevin said.

Shriner Ron knows firsthand how the organization's hospitals can help children. Last year, Ron and his wife, Krista, adopted Emily, a 3-yearold from China who is missing the lower portion of her right arm.

Through the Shriners, Emily has received a prosthetic arm, which her family calls "Mr. Handy."

"She rides her tricycle all around the house. She's a beast," Ron said.

Knowing Shriners could help with Emily's medical problems made adopting a special-needs child no big deal, he said.

But most people still have trouble accepting the "no insurance" issue.

"You heard it from me. I'll write it down,"Ron said, laughing.

For more information about local screenings, e-mail Dr. Ralph at amdochat@falconbroadband.net.


Saturday, April 19, 2008


Click on image to enlarge and go to westernshrine.com forthe second page and more information for WSA2009

WSCA San Diego "08

The Western Shrine Clown Assoc. Competition Hosted by Al Bahr April 19.2008 at the San Diego Marriott Hotel brought out two Clowns from Mexico, several from Sabbarand one or tow from other shrine Units of the Western region.
Bill"10 Can" London President of ISCA to encourge the clowns get them intrested in comming to the Imperial competition and the next ISCA Mid Winter.

San Diego, CA

1st Place Whiteface : Leon “JOY” Portman, Anezah Shrine

2nd Place Whiteface: Jeff “Jetro” Alloway, Asiya Shrine

3rd Place Whiteface : Gary “Hansom” Harczak, Sabbar Shrine

Honorable Mention: Gregory “Buttons” Brown, Asiya Shrine

1st Place Auguste: George “Z KLOWN” Mather, El Zaribah Shrine

2nd Place Auguste: Doug “BB” Fry, El Zaribah Shrine

3rd Place Auguste: Tim “T-Bone” Bolan, Sabbar Shrine

Honorable Mention: Roger “ KiK-ER” Berryman, Sabbar Shrine

1st Place Hobo / Tramp / Character: Samuel “MIK-MAS” Kim, Asiya Shrine

2nd Place Hobo / Tramp / Character: Keith “LUCKY” Seplak, Sabbar Shrine

Honorable Mention: Geraldo “ Goldo” Ortiz, Anezah Shrine

1st Place Senior: Gregory “Buttons” Brown, Asiya Shrine

Friday, April 18, 2008

Chamber and Shriners gear up for Hillbilly Days

By: Medical Leader Staff/Press Release/Other

The Medical Leader / JOSHUA BALL
Shriners from across the nation will invade Pikeville for the annual Hillbilly Days celebration.
PIKEVILLE – The staff of the Pike County Chamber of Commerce is preparing for the annual Hillbilly Days festival, which is slated for April 17-19.

“There is so much work behind the scenes to plan the festival,” said Chamber Office Manager Debbie Clevinger.

For the past 20 years, the Pike County Chamber has worked to organize and improve the festival. With the help of the Shriners and other organizations and volunteers, the festival has continued to grow each year. In 2007, the festival broke all previous records.

More than 100,000 people were in attendance, over 300 vendors participated and $56,000 was donated from vendor rented space.

“I enjoy working to organize Hillbilly Days,” Clevinger added.

“I enjoy it because it not only brings positive publicity to our city and county. It primarily raises money for the Shriners’ hospital.

“We’re all very proud that each year, the funding for the hospital has increased. In 1996, the hospital received $14,000, but with the Shriners and Chamber working together, we are consistently able to give over $50,000. That is a 400 percent increase and that is amazing to me.”

“Although a festival the size of Hillbilly Days truly requires year-round attention, we begin intensely working on each year’s festival in September and then devote most of every workday until mid-April. Even after the last official day of the event, there are still many items to take care of before everything is wrapped up for another year.”

The chamber staff prepares vendor information packets for all those who have previously had spaces. They also answer hundreds of phone calls from prospective vendors and attendees.

The application deadline is December for early registration, so the phones stay busy with calls from those hoping to get a spot at the event.

In January and February, the staff assigns spaces while applications keep rolling in for late registration. In September, they preparing packets and taking phone calls for the event.
They also work the streets of downtown Pikeville, measuring and reevaluating space and to improve efficiency of the event. In November, over 300 vendor application packets are mailed.

Through April, many planning sessions are held with the Pike County Fiscal Court, the city of Pikeville, the Shriners Hillbilly Clan and the Utilities Management Group — all of the organizations that work together to make this event happen.

When festival time rolls around, in-depth planning goes into the detailed organization of the festivities. Volunteers come out on the Monday of Hillbilly Days week to mark streets for vendor placement.

Over 70 volunteers arrive to help place and park the vendors the Wednesday before the event begins. The crew of volunteers setup shop early at the two staging areas to begin signing in vendors and staging them to drive in to town at 5:30 p.m. At that time, the streets of downtown are closed and the parade of vendors is strategically marched in for placement and work until the last vendor is parked.

Each year from September to April, the Chamber works over 2,800 hours in order to create a successful festival. More than 50 chamber members provide more than 70 volunteers from their organizations to help make this a successful event.

“We hope everyone in the community will come out to support Hillbilly Days again this year,” said Chamber CEO Brad Hall.

“We look forward to the festival and hope that everyone attending has a wonderful time.”

The Hillbilly Days festival is just around the corner. Make plans to attend Thursday, April 17 through Saturday, April 19.

Canada, Shriners Hospital for Childrens

Shriners ready to build at Glen Will leave Cedar Ave. for MUHC site
By AARON DERFEL, The Gazette Published: Thursday, April 17

After years of uncertainty about the fate of the Montreal Shriners Hospital, high-ranking Shriners this week finally approved the construction of a new health-care facility in the city's west end, The Gazette has learned.

The Shriners' pediatric orthopedic hospital could cost as much as $100 million, and it is to be built in tandem with the future Montreal Children's Hospital in the Glen yard, straddling Notre Dame de Grâce and Westmount.

It is to include outpatient clinics, operating rooms and research laboratories, as well as beds for short-term stays, said Ralph Semb, chairperson of the board of trustees for Shriners Hospitals.

"Montreal is going to have a new facility," Semb said in a phone interview yesterday from Springfield, Mass.

"We're going to eventually move out of what we have on the hill," he added, referring to the existing location on Cedar Ave., on the slopes of Mount Royal, which the Shriners Hospital has occupied since 1925.

The decision to build a new hospital marks a dramatic shift in policy by the Shriners, a fraternal charitable organization. On three occasions, senior Shriners had tried to close the Montreal hospital and build a new one in London, Ont.

And even when Shriners voted against closing the Montreal hospital, Semb ruled out construction at the Glen site, saying the Cedar Ave. complex would be maintained in its current state.

But on Tuesday, the joint boards of the Shriners voted to approve construction of a new facility and to work with the McGill University Health Centre on architectural plans.

The MUHC oversees the Montreal Children's and is planning to build the future Children's, along with several adult pavilions and research facilities, on the Glen site.

"This is wonderful news," said Gary Morrison, chairperson of the board of governors of the Montreal Shriners Hospital.

"Finally, we have gotten past the debate of, 'Do we stay in Montreal?' Now, not only will we stay in Montreal, but we're building for the future. I'm pleased and excited."

Morrison is to make the official announcement today at a news conference at the hospital.

In 2005, Morrison was part of a delegation, including Premier Jean Charest, Quebec Health Minister Philippe Couillard and Montreal Mayor Gérald Tremblay, that lobbied Shriners at their annual convention to save the Montreal hospital.

The campaign was hard-fought, as Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty also attended the convention to press the case for London. In the end, delegates were won over by a group of children who were flown in from the Montreal hospital.

Still, even in the last few months, issues kept coming up to block the Montreal project, a Shriner from Ottawa told The Gazette.

"A couple of weeks ago we were at a meeting in Manchester, N.H.," Perry McConnell said, "and we were kind of shocked" to find a lack of progress in the matter.

At that meeting, Douglas Maxwell, deputy imperial potentate of the Shriners, was persuaded to raise the issue of a new hospital in Montreal before the joint boards. Maxwell could not be reached for comment.

n the coming months, the Shriners and the MUHC are to iron out a number of technical issues to avoid a duplication of services. For example, the Shriners might consider renting some operating rooms from the future Montreal Children's, Semb said. The Shriners could also purchase blood tests from the Children's.

Both hospitals would stand next to each other and might even be heated from the same boiler room, Morrison said.

Construction of the new Montreal Children's Hospital is set for the spring of 2009. Since Semb said the Shriners would want to build in tandem, construction on their project would probably begin at that time as well.

The existing Shriners Hospital has 40 beds. Semb said the future hospital will have far fewer beds, but he couldn't give an exact number.

Morrison, however, suggested the new facility might serve a greater number of patients than it does now because Ste. Justine Hospital has indicated it would like all orthopedic procedures to be concentrated at the Shriners.

What's more, the Shriners hospital is interested in also being affiliated with the Université de Montréal.


Shriners at the NBC4 Telemundo52 Health Expo.

Nate Grosher, Tom Pool and Dean Logan spent the weekend at the Los Angeles Convention Ctr. talking to parents and their Children about Shriners Hospital for Children. Thy also met a few masons that wanted to know more about the Shrine and several men that ask for information about being a Mason.

The Crew handed out about 500 coloring books and Crayons and several hundred other Shrine and Shriners Hospital for children. They also answered several questions about voluntering at the Hospital.

Monday, April 14, 2008

Los Angeles Jr.Philharmonic at Shrine Aud.

The Los Angeles Jr. Phiharmonic Ørchestra will preform their 71st Anniversary Concert Sunday May 4th, 2008 at 3pm
For tickets please send a self addressed envolope to Al Malaikah Shrine JPO Concert Spectacular 665 West Jefferson Blvd.. Los Angeles, Ca. 90007

Gaming system helps children with mobility at Shriners Hospital for Children-Salt Lake

Video game system motivates children regaining mobility
By Lois M. Collins
Deseret News
Published: Saturday, April 12, 2008 12:47 a.m. MDT

Hunter, 5, wobbles a little, the result of cerebral palsy. He tends to do things with only his left hand. But when he plays baseball on Nintendo's Wii, he grips the controller with both hands and puts every ounce of his compact frame into the swing.

It is here, in the therapy room at Shriners Hospital for Children in the Avenues, that Hunter, son of Mark and Brandy of Taylorsville, forgets to favor his stronger left side, driven by the urge to win the game. Lost in the joy of the tennis, golf or tanks game, he is just like every other little boy. And he grows stronger.

Shriners is among an ever-growing number of facilities — nursing homes, hospitals, rehab centers and others — that are using the popular video game system for the physical activity it offers. At Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C., soldiers injured in Iraq and Afghanistan rebuild wounded bodies using Wii. It provides diversion and entertainment to a sometimes repetitive process.

It's not always easy, say therapists, to get people of any age to exercise weak muscles or atrophied limbs. But the game engages them. They're playing, not working. And the results can be dramatic.

"I think it's done wonders for him," said Mindy of South Jordan, gesturing toward her son, Brady, who's taking his turn swinging the remote.

Brady broke his right elbow on Christmas Eve and it had to be pinned back together. Every couple of weeks, he goes to Shriners for therapy for his right arm, which has limited motion. Both he and Hunter also have the systems at home now and their parents agree they take what they learn in therapy back home to work on skills. It's made such a difference to Brady that his need for therapy is ending.

"This is a fairly new tool for our department," said occupational therapist Chris Pratt, who, along with physical therapist Mark Lange supervises the session, alternating the action between the boys so everyone has a good workout and no one is bored. "They are motivated by the Wii and it's great for increasing strength."

It's not motion or balance, but improving how he uses his limited vision that brings Cole, 7, to therapy. The son of Rich and Kori of Murray, Cole is a brain tumor survivor who has left-side paralysis and wears a special corrective boot on his left foot to aid his mobility.

The brain tumor was diagnosed when he was 18 months old. The therapists use the Wii to help him build eye-hand coordination. He's got a limited field of vision and they want to help him improve his use of it as much as possible, his mom says.

He can use only one hand and that is not going to change, Pratt said, but "he is still able to play. That's really huge." And his mom notes that he doesn't have to look at the remote all the time. He can maneuver its simple buttons while watching the results on the TV screen.

The progress is so huge, in fact, that his parents are using Wii as a motivational tool to help him do well in first grade. If he does, he'll get a Wii at home at the end of the year, Kori Hazel said, "a graduation gift."

"Cole is different from his friends. But these are games he can say that he plays, too, and that opens a new social avenue," she says.

The social aspect for these children can't be underestimated, Brandy said. He has friends, but they have to be careful with him. Because his balance is so poor, a tiny bump can knock him down and then he's devastated. The video games are, to some degree, an equalizer and a shared experience.

The therapy sessions with the Wii work well, too, because they're a group activity, Pratt said. The kids play with others and get stronger at the same time.

E-mail: lois@desnews.com

Friday, April 11, 2008

What will these Shriners think of Next??

Human cannonball will be launched today in downtown Fargo
Forum staff report, The Forum
Published Thursday, April 10, 2008
FARGO – Plans to fire a human cannonball today along Fargo's Broadway remains on track. The stunt is planned to generate enthusiasm for the El Zagal Shrine Circus’ three-day.

Amid cloudy skies and a call for sprinkles later this evening, the Shriners will launch a human cannonball at 5:30 p.m. in front of the U.S. Bank Plaza at Broadway and Second Avenue.

Crews will close the 200 block of Broadway at 4 p.m. to allow for setting up the cannonball exhibit, said Bryan Shinn, a spokesman for the El Zagal Shriners.

The Shrine Circus will be held Friday through Sunday at the Fargodome. General admission tickets are available at all Hornbacher’s, Sun Mart’s, Shop n’ Go’s, Cash Wise’s, and Richard’s BP in Moorhead. Advance reserved tickets are available at the Fargodome box office and all Ticketmaster locations.

Wednesday, April 9, 2008


December 8, 2007
Mooneyes and Irwindale Speedway
Irwindale Speedway, Irwindale, California

Mooneyes X-mas Party Show & Drag '07- Get Ready for Dec. 13 2008
There are plenty of classic rides hitting hard on the track.

Contact For Future Events:

For More of this story and Pictures go to www.sporttruck.com

Several artists donated pieces of hot-rod artwork for auction to benefit the Shriners Hospital for Children. With the auctioneering help of famous tattoo artist Jack Rudy, a total of $3,210 was raised

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Shriners Hospital Volunteers

60th Anniversary:

Yuba City residents Don and Billie Landrus, the former Billie Jessup, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with dinner at a local restaurant. They plan to take a cruise later in the year.

The couple were married April 4, 1948, at the First Methodist Church in Chico and have been Yuba-Sutter residents for about 40 years.

Now retired after working in real estate and insurance, he is a life member of the Marysville Elks Lodge.

She is a retired legal secretary.

Both volunteer with the Shriners Hospital for Children in Sacramento.

They have twin sons, Timothy of Sacramento and Tracy of Lancaster; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Monday, April 7, 2008

Salt Lake Shriners Hospital For Children

Shriners Hospitals Helps Dallin Lead an Active Life

“You know, I’m feeling good about saddling up Gypsy tonight,” 11-yearold Dallin said with a smile.
His mother, Daralyn, smiled back. “We’ll see,” she answered, glancing out the kitchen window to the pasture where the family’s horse was sleeping.
What made her happiest about her son Dallin’s statement were the words, “I’m feeling good.”

These are special words, since Dallin was not able to walk six years ago, much less ride horses.But because of the care he receives at Shriners Hospitals for Children— Salt Lake City, he’s able to count horseback riding among his favorite activities.
Dallin was born prematurely and with cerebal palsy. When he was 2years old, a family friend who worked at the Shriners Hospital suggested they apply for their son to receive treatment there.

“We didn’t know a lot about Shriners Hospitals, so we figured they wouldn’t accept us because we made too much money,” Daralyn explained. “But that’s one thing the hospital
makes very clear – they don’t care how much money you make or what you do. All they care about is taking care of the kids.”
Dallin was accepted and began treatment, which, over the course of nine years, has included 12 surgeries. Kristen Carroll, M.D., Dallin’s orthopaedic surgeon, has lengthened tendons in his legs, put screws in the bones in his feet and provided other
treatments to increase his mobility.

Each surgery is followed by extensive physical therapy, two or three times a week for several weeks.

It’s a lot of work, to be sure – but the careful attention the family receives at Shriners Hospital makes the process a positive one.
“Dr. Carroll and her staff treat Dallin as if he were their own son,” Daralyn said, adding that it’s the little things that make Shriners Hospital such a special place. “There’s no question in my mind that Dr. Carroll really cares about her patients. In fact, everyone at the hospital treats you like family and makes sure that all of us are very well taken care of.”

This extraordinary care enables Dallin to go about the business of being a typical 11-year-old boy: riding motorcycles and four-wheelers, playing with his dog, Kotah, and riding horses, which is actually part of his therapy, as it relaxes his tendons and teaches him to balance. And while motorcycles aren’t as therapeutic as horses, they are every bit as fun for Dallin, who has followed his two older brothers into racing.
Even if he tips the four-wheeler over once in a while, competing is worth it for Dallin, because he likes the trophies.
Do incidents like that worry Mom and Dad? “Oh, no,” Daralyn said. “He does pretty well, he’s pretty stable. We’ve done it for so long that it’s just another day.”

400 Club

NORTHERN CALIFORNIA: At the Northern California Shriners Hospital for Children,
Joel Lerman, M.D.’s work with children born with clubfoot has gained the attention of parents and health care professionals throughout the region. Dr. Lerman is a proponent
of the Ponseti method, a primarily non-surgical treatment that corrects clubfoot in infants through a six to eight-week program of specific manipulation and casting.

In 2007,nearly 400 children with clubfoot were treated with the Ponseti method at the hospital.

SPOKANE: Clubfoot, a congenital foot deformity, affects one in 1,000 children.
The Spokane Shriners Hospital for Children Glen Baird, M.D., also uses the Ponseti method, a primarily non-surgical treatment involving a series of casts and gentle
manipulations of the leg and foot muscles, to treat the condition.
This method is effective for 85-90 percent of his patients.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Little Shrine Cars-Car and Driver

FEZ vs FEZ vs FEZ !!
Check out page 8 and pages 110-115 of the May Issue of Car and Driver magazine.
John Pearly Huffman put the cars from the Apply Valley SC, The Los Nietos SC and the Co
rona-Riverside SC through a comparison test at the Streets of Willow Springs raceway.
Kevin Wing got some great pictures for the article.
"Shriners Having Fun and Helping Kids".