140 year of Shriners

140 year of Shriners

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Walk to get kids legs to stand on

By Doug Robinson,Deseret News, Salt Lake, Ut.For the complete Story & Pic go tohttp://www.deseretnews.com/article/700061586/Walk-to-get-kids-legs-to-stand-on.html?

Steve Wahlquist is going for a walk, and he wants you to know about it.

This hardly sounds newsworthy until you get the details. On Sept. 10, at 7 a.m., he will set out from Primary Children's Hospital, at the north end of Salt Lake City and walk to St. George, some 365 miles down the road.

He will walk 10 miles a day for about seven weeks. He will begin walking in September and finish in November.

Assuming he covers a mile in 2,640 steps — the human average — Wahlquist will take about 963,600 steps en route to St. George. But then he's hardly average.

Did I mention that Wahlquist is going to walk nearly 400 miles on one leg — the only leg he owns — and two crutches?

We are used to these feats by now — people walking, running, swimming, flying and sailing great distance for a cause or their own gratification. But crutching the length of Utah for seven weeks? What could cause someone to walk for miles without a golf club in his hands?

"I was talking with a friend about making a difference and she said I should do something for kids who need artificial limbs," recalls Wahlquist. "It was a natural."

His own research revealed that in the current economic climate, Shriner's Hospital is able to help only half of the 250 amputee kids who seek their help. He decided to take a long walk to raise donations for them.

"I can relate to those kids," he says.

Born with cancer, he had his right leg amputated at the hip two days later. As a teen, he consulted a doctor for a prosthetic leg. The doctor inquired about his lifestyle. He explained that he played little league baseball — he was the first baseman on his all-star team — rode a bike every morning to deliver newspapers, rappelled cliffs, roller-skated, hiked, skied snow and water and had earned an Eagle Scout Award.

The doctor shook his head and said, "We can give you a limb but only if you sit still." Wahlquist replied, "Then forget it."

This is one of Wahlquist's favorite childhood stories: After hearing a radio ad about "handicapped" people, he asked his dad what the term meant. His dad explained that handicapped people were people who couldn't do certain things because of problems with their bodies.

"I guess I'm not handicapped then, am I," the boy said.

“Something for everyone... a comedy tonight!”

Greetings from Shriners Hospitals for Children - Northern California!

During the 1970’s, one of the TV networks borrowed a Broadway tune to advertise their Fall line-up. As we head into our Fall line-up of events at Shriners Hospitals for Children, I find that same chorus line stuck in my head: “Something for everyone... a comedy tonight!”

While we aren’t benefiting from anything comedic… there truly is something for everyone thanks to the dedication and generosity of wonderful individuals in the community. As a friend of the hospital with a commitment to the children we treat, I want to be respectful of your time by limiting the number of emails and even invitations. This email includes no attachments but contains links you may access for additional information.

The success of each of these events is dependent on participation. There really is something for everyone! I hope you will choose to support our unique mission by participating in one or more of the fun and truly festive events below. Please feel free to contact me with questions or if you need any registration assistance. Thank you very, very much! Alan

September 12th and 13th – Ed Crane’s Golf and Grape Gathering [Key words: Golf, Rancho Murrieta, Mercedes Benz El Dorado Hills, Fine Food, Fine Wines]

Adrenoleukodystrophy, or ALD, is a deadly genetic disease that affects 1 in 18 000 people – and most severely affects boys and men. Sign up to play golf and enjoy two splendid events focused on fun with friends. It truly is that simple to provide hope to families whose children are suffering from ALD. Hope for children and their families is scientific research, including studies being led by researchers at Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California. A golf foursome includes 8 tickets to Sunday night’s Wine & Wedges Reception.

September 18th – Le Gala d’Ourverture un Samedi Soir [Key words: Penthouse Views, Trip to Paris and Rome, Sunset and Fine Food, Capitol Mall Restaurants]

This early evening reception on the night before the Capitol Concours d’Elegance puts guests literally on top of the world. From the 25th floor of the US Bank Tower, guests can admire the Concours field and the western sunset, while enjoying live entertainment and the cuisine of Ambrosia, 4th Street Grille, House Kitchen & Bar, Il Fornaio and Morton’s. Reservations include automatic entry into a chance drawing for a trip to Paris and Rome. Space is limited. All-inclusive pricing is $100 per person.

September 18th – Wild West Charity Fundraiser [Key words: Aura, Midtown Sacramento, Western Wear, Comfort Food, Great Beer, Country Music]

This late afternoon, early evening event puts the fun in fundraising – and has for three years. Hosted this year at AURA, in Midtown Sacramento on J Street, the Wild West Charity Fundraiser raises money for the unique mission of the hospital via ticket sales, chance drawing ticket sales and proceeds from purchases. Guests are encouraged to wear cowboy hats, boots, and western wear; and to bring friends so you can enjoy country bands, local celebrities and old-west d├ęcor together. Hours are 4-8 PM. Advance tickets are $20, and $25 at the door. Space is limited.

September 19th – Capitol Concours d’Elegance [Key words: Champion Automobiles, Performance and Design, Test Drives, Destination Capitol Mall]

Marvel at some of the world’s most beautiful automobiles and motorcycles, courtesy of private collectors. This showcase of design and performance genius is not just for the automobile fan or collector. In addition to Concours champions and million dollar vehicles, guests will have the opportunity to bid on personal rides in a Ferrari and sample contemporary showroom models from Mercedes Benz Sacramento, El Dorado Hills, Rocklin; and Elk Grove Toyota. Hours are 10 AM-4 PM. Parade for awards ceremony begins at 2 PM. Advance tickets are $10; children ages 12 and under are free; active military personnel with appropriate ID are free; tickets are $15 at the gate. Garage parking available. Live music, food and beverages available.

Alan S. Anderson,Director of Development, Shriners Hospitals for Children Northern California

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Shriners 28th Annual Golf-A-Rama

August 24, 2010 by danfeuer Filed under Sports
Rich Cahill,Publicity Chairman
Everyone is invited to play in the 28th Annual Fairfield Bay Shrine Club Golf-A-Rama, Saturday, September 11, 2010 at Indian Hills Golf Course.
The entire net proceeds from these events goes directly to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children and the Transportation Fund, where they can receive orthopedic and burn treatments free of cost to their families. The funds raised as a result of this tournament have helped many children, whom would otherwise not have received badly needed treatment. Your help, by participating, is much appreciated by the Shriner’s and the children who are being treated at the hospital.
On Friday, September 10 beginning at 5 p.m. a no-host cash bar and cocktail party with complimentary hot and cold hors d’oeuvres will be available in the Fairfield Room at Indian Hills Country Club. Registration will be in the lobby of the Country Club during the reception. Golfers not registering there can register on Saturday at 7:30 a.m. at the Golf Pavilion.
On Saturday, September 11 golf will begin at 9 a.m. with a shotgun start and feature some special events. The special events covered by the $60 entry fee includes the first Hole-In-One contest at designated holes, featuring a new Chevy Silverado 4×4 Pickup, with many other quality prizes such as trips and merchandise.
This tournament has been a sellout for a number of years so early registration is strongly suggested to avoid disappointment. For more information please contact Charles Duran at 501-884-6112.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Monument to Compassion SHC

That’s exactly what the Shiners Hospital for Children is, and the monument is growing with an $80 million, 40-bed addition. Among the more than 23,000 kids who have been served by Shriners

By Susan Sunderland (for the complete story and Pictures go to http://www.midweek.com/content/story/midweek_coverstory/Shriners_Hospital_for_Children/P1/

For 80 years on Punahou Street, Shriners Hospital has been healing ill and injured children, and changing their lives for the better

If buildings could talk, what fascinating stories they would tell. Buildings house people as they play out their daily lives. They shelter great minds at work developing solutions that change lives. And they are the foundations from which great traditions emanate.

This is the story of a building with great stories to tell.

It is located at 1310 Punahou St., just off the H-1 Lunalilo Freeway There’s something poetic about that because the building we refer to - Shriners Hospital - is a monument to compassionate and responsive health care, something our nation is grappling with right now.

We often take for granted what’s in our own backyards. How many of us drive or walk past Shriners Hospital without knowing what goes on inside? Unless you have business there, you never give it a thought.

After reading its story, hopefully you’ll have new insight and regard for what this building encompasses, the people who bring it to life every day and the humanity it represents.

Historic Foundation

The original Shriners Hospital on Punahou Street was deeded to the Shriners by the Dowsett family.

Shriners Hospital is supported by the Shriners fraternity, a charitable organization first established in 1827. Early members of the Shriners brotherhood included Hawaii’s King Kalakaua. In 1919, the Shriners began focusing on the needs and treatment of children with orthopedic conditions. That is, disorders or deformities of the spine and joints.

In 1923, a Honolulu hospital was established in the Liliha area. In October 1930, the present Punahou site was deeded to Shriners Hospital by the Dowsett family.

The Dowsett mansion, an impressive three-wing structure with trellis driveway, was converted to a 30-bed hospital. An expanded structure was built in 1967.

The 86,000-square-foot hospital met the needs in 1967, but now it doesn’t. With advancing medical technology and the need for modern infrastructure, plans were made five years ago for a new $80 million, 40-bed hospital complex.
Dr. Carl Scheer, patient Kiaka Malagaomo-Pio and Wesley T. Park, a former patient, celebrate the hospital’s expansion

The 138,000-square-foot state-of-theart facility allows Shriners to continue its mission of providing specialized medical care to thousands of children from Hawaii and the Pacific at no charge.

That’s right, at no charge.

Shriners have helped more than 23,000 kids in Hawaii who suffer severe orthopedic problems. While there are fully equipped radiological, surgical and therapy facilities, there is no billing department. That’s because the hospital does not bill patient families.
Care, research and education are possible because of the generosity of donors. The Shriners Hospital endowment is the major donor, and Hawaii’s hospital is one of 22 such benefactors in North America.

Yes, those guys in the red fez hats who march in parades and bring joy to public events as Shriner clowns have a serious philanthropic purpose. It is neither a religious organization nor a secret society, according to members. The 950 or so members in Hawaii, like other fraternal clubs, hold monthly meetings at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Makiki, enjoy social get-togethers and support the organization’s main cause: helping impaired children.

This is no small victory.
After two years of construction, the new Shriners Hospital on Punahou Street is ready to celebrate a grand opening. Dedication ceremonies, victory dinner, screening clinic and other fanfare are planned this month.

For the first time in its history, the Shriners turned to the public for donations. The lion’s share comes from the Shriners endowment. But a compassionate community is contributing about 20 percent of the needed funds.

Despite tough times, the monumental project came through fortified for the
future. It’s like the children who are healed there. They dodge adversity and thrive.

Someone who knows about that is U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye, who says it’s personal. “I owe a lot to this hospital because 71 years ago they fixed my fractured elbow,” he says. “It was a compound fracture and, as a result, I got in the service.”

There are many heart-warming stories that are part of this landmark structure. Not only is it a functional building, but it is architecturally aesthetic as well. SRG Partnership, with assistance from several local firms, has addressed the hospital’s space and modernization needs with an eye to reflecting Hawaii’s historic territorial architecture.

But a building is bricks and mortar without the people who bring it to life.

We asked three spokesmen - a present leader, a former patient and the face of the future - to tell us about their relationship with Shriners Hospital.

World’s Greatest Philanthropy

Dr. Carl Scheer is a retired radiologist who was in private practice in Connecticut for 25 years before moving to the Islands. Life here has been gratifying, he says, thanks in part to an active involvement in Shriners.
He says: “I became a Shriner in 1995 and served for many years on the board.

“I have been involved in the implementation of the new hospital building project over the last six years. A testament to the value of this project is that the hospital is busier than ever. This is a good thing because it means more people are being helped. We are proud to help patients change their lives and become productive citizens when physical impairments or disabilities no longer interfere with their growth.

“We are proud that no bill is ever sent to a patient or family. That will not change. Anyone who falls within the guidelines of our program is accepted for treatment.

“We invite the public to bring problem cases to our attention so we can screen them for consideration. We have outreach clinics throughout Hawaii and the Pacific. And thanks to this modern, fully equipped facility, now we can continue with what is regarded as the world’s greatest philanthropy.”

Turnarounds are Possible

Wesley Park, author of Lessons Learned on the Corner in Kalihi and Lessons Learned on Bishop Street, claims his greatest life lessons happened on Punahou Street while being treated at Shriners Hospital. The successful businessman-educator says:
When I was 5, my parents took me to Children’s Hospital to have my tonsils out and the next thing I knew, I was in an iron lung.

“I had polio that affected my upper body. I couldn’t lift my right arm above the shoulder and when I raised my left arm it would fall. My head was tilted on a weak neck. I went to Shriners twice a week until I was in high school.

“I didn’t want anyone to know I had polio. Growing up in Kakaako and Kalihi meant a lot of fistfights. Somehow I survived that, but I had a lot of lumps on my head. Shriners Hospital strengthened me physically and emotionally.

“The way I see it, the main thing you can do as a person is to do your best - your personal best. Turnarounds are possible with a positive attitude. “

Face of the Future

Kiaka Malagaomo-Pio of Wahiawa was 5 years old when he stepped on a skateboard and tried to take a ride. He took a serious spill and suffered traumatic injuries to his arm and leg. As a result, he has a radial clubhand deformity that requires an external fixator splint to facilitate healing. His parents, Afatia and Moana Malagaomo-Pio, have seen their young son through a lengthy process of hospitalization, surgery and rehabilitative therapies that would have been cost-prohibitive had it not been for Shriners Hospital.

More Info. Carly- Sept.3 at Lakeport, i-limb

Sacramento State Student Aspires to Change Perceptions of Limb Loss as Contestant in Miss Lake Count
California Desk August 26, 2010 for the complete story visit-http://www.losangeleschronicle.com/articles/view/179508

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – Carly Davis is articulate, intelligent, motivated, and energetic. Like most college seniors, she has big challenges ahead of her. Davis, 22, has faced challenges before – since her birth, actually. She was born a congenital amputee, though she is quick to tell you she isn´t missing anything.

Davis has entered the Miss Lake County 2010 Pageant, an official Miss California and Miss America Preliminary Pageant. The competition will take place Friday, Sept. 3, 2010, during the Lake County Fair, held at the fairgrounds in Lakeport.

Davis was recently fit with the most advanced non-surgical upper limb prosthetic solution commercially available – Touch Bionics´ i-LIMB™ Hand, the world´s first fully-articulating and commercially-available bionic hand, coupled with the High-Fidelity Interface system created by Randall Alley, CEO and chief prosthetist of biodesigns.

Alley, both a licensed and board certified prosthetist, has specialized in upper limb prosthetic care for nearly 20 years and knew the i-LIMB Hand and his revolutionary interface system would give Davis more confidence and enable her to accomplish her personal and career goals.

"The i-LIMB gives Carly the ability to better grip objects and offers additional motor control, something that´s especially important for Carly who works as a professional photographer to earn money to pay for her education," Alley said. "Because it captures a much greater amount of skeletal motion than traditional sockets, the High-Fidelity Interface is also ideal for Carly, who has a very short congenital amelia."

A senior at Sacramento State University, Davis is studying kinesiology with the ultimate career goal of working in the medical field with children in rural and third world countries. Her current educational plans include a detour through a prosthetics program. With both a medical degree and prosthetic training, she feels she would be better prepared to work with the underserved population of people with limb differences, especially in other countries. Entering the Miss Lake County pageant seemed to be the perfect opportunity to publicly share her passion to redefine beauty and ability as well as to win scholarships for her prosthetics and medical school education.

Pageant Gives Davis a Platform to Change Perceptions about People with Limb Differences

Davis decided to enter the pageant for several reasons. "I didn´t know many people like me when I was growing up," she said. "The only really successful person I knew was Jim Abbott, the baseball player. I hope that by being visible, I can help other children the way Jim Abbott helped me.

"I am active on a forum called Sammy´s Friends for families of children with limb differences and by putting myself out there, I show the world that I can do anything I want to do," she said. "And by doing the pageant, I hope it will help the kids when they see me because they will know they can do anything they want to do."

The pageant requires contestants to have a platform or issue to advocate. Davis´ choice was easy: Shriners Hospitals for Children. Shriners Hospital is a pediatric specialty care hospital with a big mission, "Help Kids Defy the Odds." Davis was a Shriners baby, treated by its physicians, therapists and prosthetists from shortly after her birth until she was 21 years old at Shriners Hospitals in Salt Lake City and Sacramento.

Davis is grateful for the services she received from the Shriners organization. She recalls the visits to the hospital throughout her life as highlights. Being with the other children who were "like her" meant that she wasn´t alone. Davis recalls one visit when she wanted to play pool on the pool table. She was intimidated by the pool cue, however, one of the therapists saw her trying to figure out how to play the game and quickly came over and together they figured out a solution. "At Shriners, anything is possible," Davis said. "They don´t know the word ´can´t,´ they only know how to make it happen" Davis is grateful to be working with Alley since she aged out of Shriners because he, too, supports her in reaching for her dreams.

For more information on Carly Davis or ways you can sponsor her participation in the Miss Lake County 2010 pageant, contact her at carlyjeene@gmail.com or on her Face book page (Carly for Miss Lake County).

Southern California-based biodesigns inc. is a technology-driven prosthetics company specializing in the most advanced upper and lower limb prosthetic solutions and product development. For more information, visit www.biodesigns.com.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Advocate for Shriners Hospital for Children

Sac State senior, amputee to compete in Nor Cal beauty...

Woman with bionic hand vies to be Miss Lake County

By Niesha Lofing, nlofing@sacbee.com More on sacbee.com Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2010

Sacramento State kinesiology student Carly Davis, 22, has two big milestones looming next week: the start of her senior year of college and the Miss Lake County pageant.

Davis, born with an arm defect, is the first person missing a limb to compete for the preliminary crown.

If she wins the title of Miss Lake County, she'll receive at least $1,500 in scholarship funds and compete in the Miss California pageant.

Davis, from Lakeport, hopes to attend medical school and said one of the reasons she's competing is to be an example to children that anything's possible.

"Growing up in a small town, I never really saw someone else with a limb difference or someone who used a prosthetic other than Jim Abbott, the professional baseball player," she said.

"In this day and age with technology, you really are able to do anything," she said.

Davis, who works as a professional photographer to earn money for college and will share it as her pageant talent, was recently fitted with Touch Bionics' i-LIMB Hand, the first fully articulating and commercially available bionic hand. The hand gives her better ability to grip objects and more motor control, she said.

Davis eventually wants to work in pediatric medicine and prosthetics in rural areas and developing countries.

"I'm really proud of her," said her mother, Diane Davis.

"She just came into the world with this 'I'm going to conquer it' kind of attitude," she said.

Carly Davis will advocate during the pageant for Shriners Hospitals for Children Northern California. She was a Shriners patient at the Salt Lake City and Sacramento hospitals.

The Lake County pageant will be at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 3, during the county fair. Contestants will compete in talent, evening wear, lifestyle and fitness (in a swimsuit), an onstage question and a private interview.

"In this day and age with technology, you really are able to do anything."

Read more: http://www.sacbee.com/2010/08/25/2980657/pageant-miss-lake.html#ixzz0xddsFbQJ

Salt Lake Bees Conger and Evans Visit Shriners Hospital

Hank Conger and Terry Evans took some time away from the ballpark Tuesday morning to visit patients at Shriners Hospital for Children in Salt Lake City. The players met with several of the patients to offer words of encouragement as well sign autographs and take pictures. This was one of several visits from Bees players this season.

Shriners Hospitals for Children® in Salt Lake City is a 40-bed pediatric orthopedic hospital, research and teaching center providing comprehensive medical, surgical and rehabilitative care to children with orthopaedic conditions. They are part a health care system of 22 hospitals dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, innovative research, and outstanding teaching programs for medical professionals. Children up to age 18 with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care and receive all services in a family-centered environment, regardless of the patients' ability to pay.

This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Burn notice: experts share knowledge in local workshop Organized by the Shriners Hospitals for Children

BY STEVEN MAYER, Californian staff writer
smayer@bakersfield.com | Monday, Aug 23 2010 To view the pictures in this story please go to www.bakersfield.com/news/local/x464578515/Burn-notice-experts-share-knowledge-in-local-workshop

burn_1_fa.JPG Felix Adamo / The Californian
Allan Magpusao, RN, left, Kelly Townsend, RN, and EMT Intermediate Lynne Smith make their assessment on "burn victim" Sarah Johnson, acting the part of being in a natural gas explosion at the Advanced Burn Life Support course at the Bakersfield Marriott Hotel.
burn_2_fa.JPG Felix Adamo / The Californian
A doll is used at the Advanced Burn Life Support course to simulate a child who has just been burned in a kitchen accident. Instructor Carrie Holben, RN, explains procedures and signs to look for to first responders attending the workshop.
burn_3_fa.JPG Felix Adamo / The Californian
RN Michelle Wolfe from Barstow, left, and Bakersfield City Firefighter Michael Lencioni look on as Advanced Burn Life Support course instructor Carrie Holben, RN, explains procedures and signs to look for on this doll representing a child who has severe burns from a kitchen accident.

The "victim" appeared to be unconscious, with serious burns to her face, shoulders, torso and forearms.

Registered nurse Allan Magpusao was told the young woman was suffering from shock following a powerful natural gas explosion.

Then he was asked the most important question of all: "What do you do now to help the victim?"

Fortunately, the young female victim was only a model wearing realistic make-up that made the exercise seem almost real.

But the intent was deadly serious: to learn the answers to that critical question.

Magpusao and dozens of other medical professionals went in search of answers to that question at a Burn Life-Support course held Monday at the Marriott Hotel at the Bakersfield Convention Center.

Organized by the Shriners Hospitals for Children -- Northern California, the all-day course drew a variety of medical professionals, including nurses and emergency responders from Bakersfield and across California.

"The whole purpose is to share this knowledge and information with other communities," said Dr. Tina Palmieri, assistant chief of burns at Shriners, who taught the course.

Hundreds of Kern County residents suffer serious burns annually. Only last year, San Joaquin Community Hospital opened Grossman Burn Center, the first major burn center in Kern County.

Planners had expected to treat about 120 patients per year, but they had underestimated the need. Grossman saw saw 369 patients in its first year.

Burn specialists have found that the first people to treat a burn victim -- whether they're paramedics, nurses, physician assistants or doctors -- perform an important role, not only in sometimes determining the survival of a victim, but also in maximizing the patient's quality of life once her survival is assured.

"Our goal is to help patients not just survive a burn, but to survive it with the highest quality of life possible," Palmieri said. "Research shows that the first response can affect a burn patient's long-term outcome, and a child's chance for a full recovery begins with the first responders and health professionals in the communities we serve."

Monday's course was broken up into three parts, said Johanna Sanders, a registered nurse who assisted Palmieri and others in the teaching process.

First came classroom-style "didactic" instruction. Then the attendees were exposed to two of five possible scenarios using live models -- except in in one scenario where a doll was used to represent a very young child who was seriously scalded in a kitchen accident.

Finally, the attendees were tested on a third scenario.

At the "pediatric" table with the doll representing a scalded toddler, Registered nurse Carrie Holben asked Bakersfield Fire Department Capt. Michael Lencioni how he would determine the amount of fluid that should be provided the injured baby.

The answer depends on the extent of the burns, organizers said. First responders use what is called the Rule of Nines to calculate the burn area by counting which parts of the body are affected. Other calculations are also used before the caregiver can be sure about the amount of intravenous fluids to use.

Of course, preventing burns is the best course of action.

Scalding from spilled liquids -- whether it's fallen from a stovetop, countertop or microwave -- accounts for most burns to young children, Palmieri said. Unfortunately, it's become quite common.

Older children and adults receive most of their burns from a flame, she said.

When it happens, victims need help fast.

"We're usually the first ones to come across burn victims," Lencioni said. "This helps us."

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Glendora teen honored by Amputee Coalition of America

By Richard Irwin Staff Writer
Cady Tescher, 18, of Glendora will receive a $1,000 scholarship from the Amputee Coalition of America at its gala dinner in Irvine on Aug. 28. (Photo courtesy of Cady Tescher)

What's your disability? Everyone has one. The question is how you've dealt with this physical or mental disability to reach your full potential.

It's safe to say that Cady Tescher of Glendora has handled hers well. On Aug. 28, the Amputee Coalition of America will honor the 18-year-old with a $1,000 scholarship at their annual conference.

"Not only has she excelled academically, but Cady is a remarkable young woman who has dedicated her life to helping others," noted Kandra Calhoun, president of the coalition. "She regularly visits children in the hospital who are facing amputation, and she serves as a role model for her peers."

But if you talk to Cady and her family, you'll find a typical teen trying to lead a typical life in Glendora. The effervescent young woman doesn't let her disability hold her back. With the full support of parents, Cady pursues her passions without a second thought.

The local honors student was born with a congenital limb difference that resulted in her right leg being amputated below the knee when she was only 8 months old. Cady received her first artificial leg from Shriners Hospital for Children in Los Angeles before she even learned to walk.

While some parents might have become overprotective, the Calhouns decided to take another approach.

"We encouraged Cady to be outgoing and not be shy. If she wanted to try something new we supported her," said her dad Dan.

The proud poppa remembers going to the first day of school every year.
"We'd stand in front of her class and explain about her leg. Then we'd answer all the kids' questions," Dan explained.
Soon, his little girl was just one of the kids playing at recess, though there were small mishaps along the way.

"Cady wanted to play soccer, so we let her join a local team," Dan recalled. "But I forgot to tell the coach about her leg, which flew off when she went to kick the ball at practice."

Cady still remembers the soccer incident with a wry grin.

"One of the boys ran up to me and said `Is it just my imagination or did your leg just fly off?"' she remembers.

The Glendora girl finished the season, but later decided soccer wasn't for her.

Which certainly didn't prevent her from pursuing other athletic interests. In fact, Cady became a cheerleader at Glendora High School. She was in the Pep Club for four years, becoming its commissioner.

Cady also became a student leader at the local high school. She served as the executive vice president of the Associated Student Body.

"I was also active in the Make a Difference Club because I wanted to give back to my community," she said.

The club collected clothes for the homeless along with other community projects. Cady also participated in many walks for the American Cancer Society.

The Glendora amputee appreciates all the help everyone has given her along the way. Especially the Shriners Hospital for Children.

"The doctors were awesome! They were very caring, and they gave me new legs for free," Cady said.

As the Glendora girl grew, she got "new" legs to match. Cady pointed out that the custom limbs cost $10,000.

She's even kept a sense of humor about her amputation.

"Last Halloween, I took my foot off and dressed as a pirate," Cady said with a laugh.

Next month, she'll begin her studies at Azusa Pacific University. Cady wants to become an elementary teacher in the first or second grades.

"I want to help all children, not just those with disabilities, achieve what they might think is impossible," she explained.

But first, this fine role model will undergo more surgery at Shriners Hospital.

"They said the operation will only take an hour, but it'll take six weeks to heal. Then they'll fit me for another new leg," the teen said.

So Cady will have to use a wheelchair when she accepts her award at the coalition's gala dinner in Irvine on Aug. 28.

But whether she is rolling or walking, Cady has inspired many others to overcome their own limitations.

What's your disability? richard.irwin@sgvn.com 626-962-8811, ext. 2801

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Buy your ShrineFest Tickets Online! Win a Limo Ride

We have more ticket options this year. We will have General Admission, VIP, VIP All Access, and Camping. VIP and VIP All Access can only be bought online.

Top Reasons to buy online!

1. Entered in for a chance to WIN a Limo Ride for 4 with 4 VIP tickest to Shrinefest - to and from the event. Buy Before August 22nd Midnight to be entered.

2. Win $15.00 car wash from All American!
3. Preferred Parking
-Online General Admission get preferred parking
-Online VIP and VIP All Access get VIP Parking

4. Get into Gate 1 hour early
5. Free Kooize to the 1st 500 at the Gate

You can also buy your tickets at the local outlets. You will not get the about extras but you can get you tickets. Go to www.Shrinefest.com for more information.

Friday, August 13, 2010

UpDate on Golf for Literacy- New Ticket Breakdown- New Entertaiment

WE are thrilled to announce... we just confirmed Well-Known artist Arnold McCuller as the Golf For Literacy Entertainer.

Check out a sample of Mc Culler's work here is a link at the inauguration or you can check out other YouTube items to experience his work!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b-YCC6cPWEo&feature=related Feel free to google him...he has plenty of work on YouTube . We are excited that LaFern helped us secure him!

Once we sign the contract/release we will begin to promote Mr. McCuller. But you can let people know in your ticket sales approach that we have a fabulous show planned for the cocktail hour and dinner.

Lafern is also raising donations from radio stations to cover Mr. McCuller's cost. We already received a commitment for a 300.00 donation from KDAY.

Invitations will be sent in braille to Stevie to join us for dinner and to receive an award for his ambassador for peace.

Our goal is 120 for golfers.

Maximum guests for dinner are limited to 144...(we might be able to queeze a few more) No more than 150

We realize that some supporters may not want to stay for the full day...with that said there may be golfers that will stay for the full day but would like to bring their wives to the dinner. For these reasons we have broken down our ticket sales.

Ticket sales are broken down in the following categories:

Full package is- the Golf Fees & Golf Cart, Continental Breakfast, Snack box lunch soft drinks, beer and wine, (hard liquor not allowed on the course, but available at the bar at golfer's own expense) and Gala Awards Dinner/top shelf entertainment after the tournament. Total Cost= $250.00

Golf Only: Golf Fees & Golf Cart, Continental Breakfast, Snack box lunch soft drinks, beer and wine. Total Cost= $150.00

Cocktail/ Entertainment/ Dinner /Art Auction and awards ceremony: Great entertainment, Art Auction, Awards Ceremony- $125.00

We are still looking for companies that advertisement opportunities.
All program orders need to in by September 15th.

If you can not sell page increments.. for company business cards feautured at $40.00.
Advertisement opportunities:


2010 Capitol Concours d’Elegance

On Sunday, September 19th, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California and the Sports Car Club of America will be welcoming more than 150 collectors of rare and classic automobiles to the Capitol Mall in downtown Sacramento. All net proceeds (100%) from this event are donated to the hospital’s healthcare and research programs that treat children with burns, spinal cord injuries and orthopedic conditions at no cost to the families.

We invite you to be a part of this exciting event by volunteering. All volunteers receive the following:
• Free admission to the event
• Event T-shirt
• Lunch & snacks

Saturday, September 18th: Pre Event
• Mark field for cars
• Tent set-up
• Fencing set-up

Sunday, September 19th: Main Event
Shifts: 7:45am – noon & noon – 4pm
Volunteer assignments:
• Admission gates
• Runners (assist car owners)
• VIP tent
• Volunteer Lounge
• Judges Lounge
• Clean up (starts at 2pm)

If your group would like to support Shriners Hospital for Children Northern California by participating in the Capitol Concours d’ Elegance car show, contact Lillian Nelson, Volunteer Manager at Shriners Hospital: 916-453-2086 or lnelson@shrinenet.org

You can make a difference in the life of a child

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Las Vegas Sports JT Shriners Pro-Am Oct. 18-20

Shriners Open Announces Partnership with MGM Resorts
For full story go to http://lvsportsmagazine.com/content/view/1557/481/

Las Vegas--TheJustin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open (JTSHCO), an Official PGA TOUR Event, announced MGM Resorts International as its title sponsor for the 2010 Championship Pro-Am to be held Wednesday, Oct. 20 at TPC Summerlin.

"We are delighted to partner with the world's leader in hospitality and resort brands," said Adam Sperling, tournament director for the JTSHCO. "We only expect this relationship to grow as we will continue to actively pursue additional opportunities to promote the event, our local partnerships and Las Vegas."

As part of a three-year agreement, MGM Resorts International will have a heightened presence at the Pro-Am as well as have the opportunity annually to utilize a different property as the host venue of the pairings party. This year's host for the Tuesday evening pairings party will be ARIA Resort & Casino at CityCenter, which also will serve as the host hotel for those amateurs participating in the Championship Pro-Am.

"High-profile events, such as this one, draw attention to important health issues facing children across the country," said Bill Hornbuckle, chief marketing officer for MGM Resorts International. "We're honored to play a role in the event and believe that Justin Timberlake's partnership with the Shriners Hospitals creates the emergence of a new era for the tournament. We're thrilled to be working in partnership with the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open and the PGA TOUR on such a special event."

In previous years, the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open has welcomed the talent of Oscar De La Hoya, Josh Duhamel, Kenny G., George Lopez, Alice Cooper and tournament host, Justin Timberlake, among others, to play in its Championship Pro-Am.

The Pro-Am package offers them the opportunity to play alongside a PGA TOUR professional. The Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open is Oct. 18 � 24, 2010 at the TPC Summerlin in Las Vegas. Visit www.jtshrinersopen.com or call 702.589.4949.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Shriners Hospitalsfor Children- Among the top 3

According to the American Hospital Association, there are only about 40 freestanding children's rehabilitation, specialty and convalescent hospitals, including 16 short-term care facilities and 24 long-term care facilities.
In addition to these specialty centers, some hospitals offer children ongoing therapy for muscle tone development, motor development, strength, endurance, range of motion, sensory motor skills, communication, language and feeding. But three leaders for children's rehabilitation services are:

Cleveland Clinic Children's Hospital for Rehabilitation, Cleveland, Ohio

Shriners Hospital for Children, Multiple cities
With locations in cities across the country, Shriners is internationally acclaimed for its innovative research and teaching programs dedicated to improving the lives of children suffering burns, spinal cord injuries, cleft lip and palate and orthopedic conditions. Shriners rehabilitation hospitals are known for providing free care to children and their families and are located in Boston; Cincinnati; Galveston, Texas; Sacramento, Calif.; Philadelphia; Chicago and other cities. Unlike some rehabilitation hospitals that treat both adults and children, Shriners hospitals are focused exclusively on children and are affiliated with prominent teaching hospitals across the country including Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine and Marquette University in Milwaukee. The hospitals also appeared among the top 10 "best-liked charities" in the country, according to a Chronicle of Philanthropy poll.

And Children's Institute of Pittsburgh/The Rehabilitation Institute of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Penn.

For more information go to http://www.parentdish.com/2010/08/06/best-childrens-hospitals-rehab/?sms_ss=twitter

Bittersweet Time

Posted By: Mike Holmstrom
To: Members in Shriners Hospitals for Children
Bittersweet Time

My daughter has been a 4 year patient of Boston and Springfield. She turned 21 on May 1st. She needed new legs since she has been working out incredibly hard and lost a lot of weight since January. Boston saved her life - Springfield has helped her live it. Springfield wanted to hold off on her last pair of legs before she leaves for her junior college year next week down south. Sheis still working out hard. Tomorrow she is driving to Springfield to get her 8th and last pair of Shriners legs. In the real world 8 pairs of legs totals somewhere around a quarter million dollars.

Carrie is done as a Shriner patient but we will always be a Shriner Family continuing to help spread the word and help Shriners however we can.

Thank you Shriners so very very much for what you have given us......life and limb literally. One of my mental struggles has been how does a father thank someone for saving his daughter's life. I will never stop trying.

Thanks to all for your consideration and support of this great Cause.

The Salt Lake Masonic Temple is now open for tours two days a week

Meet the Masons

By Katie Drake

The Salt Lake Tribune :FOR the Complete story go to http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/neighborhood/city/50053303-135/temple-tours-gilmour-masons.html.csp

Chances are you’ve driven down South Temple and wondered what the giant stone sphinxes were guarding.

Here’s your chance to find out.

The Salt Lake Masonic Temple is now open for tours two days a week, allowing anyone who is interested an inside peek at the world of the Masons.

The temple has long hosted a yearly open house, but this will be the first time it has opened on a regular basis, said Ridgely Gilmour, president of the Masonic Temple Association. While many see the Masons as shrouded in mystery, Gilmour is encouraging the public to tour the temple and ask questions. Inquiry fits in with the temple’s main purpose.

FOR the Complete story go to http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/neighborhood/city/50053303-135/temple-tours-gilmour-masons.html.csp

Monday, August 9, 2010



Sponsored by Beringer, the official wine of the PGA TOUR, the Justin Timberlake Shriners Hospitals for Children Open presents the second annual Women's Day 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19 at TPC Summerlin. Women's Day features powerful, driven ladies who will share insights inspired from their various careers and experiences. In addition to tasting Beringer NV Chardonnay and Beringer Founder's Estate Cabernet, women will be able to enjoy a golf skills clinic, breakfast, lunch and a ticket to return to the tournament another day in the week.

Women's Day Speakers

Contessa Brewer, MSNBC Anchor and Host of "Caught on Camera"
A veteran television journalist, Contessa Brewer is a widely-recognized anchor on MSNBC. She's known for her marathon on-air coverage of breaking news and big political stories - two presidential elections, the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Indian Ocean tsunami, terror attacks in London, Madrid and Mumbai, and the deaths of Pope John Paul II, former President Ronald Reagan and former President Gerald Ford. As a national correspondent, Brewer has reported on stories such as Hurricane Gustav, the Minneapolis bridge collapse and Katrina's devastation in New Orleans. She also contributes regularly to NBC broadcasts and hosts MSNBC's prime-time series, "Caught on Camera." Brewer sits on the Centennial Circle for the American Red Cross of Greater New York and resides in Manhattan with her husband.

Emily Jillette, producer, philanthropist
Emily Jillette was a golf commercial producer from Florida and visited Vegas six times a year from 1993 to 2003. Blackjack, shows, spas, golf and restaurants...what more could she want? In 2003, she met her future husband and found a way to move to paradise. Since her marriage in 2004 to Penn Jillette, she's had two children, Moxie and Zolten, and has become very involved in the Las Vegas community. From producing her kids' school plays, to weekend shows at Stage Door Theater, to a weekly comedy show at Palms Casino Resort, she can't get the producing "bug" out of her system. In addition, she is very involved with Opportunity Village and its annual celebrity poker tournament, which capitalizes on her involvement with poker. On top of everything else she is passionate about, Jillette still manages to find time to keep her golf game in shape and sports an 11 handicap.

Nikki Steven, NSCA-CPT - Founder / Fitness Expert
Nikki Steven, fitness expert, speaker, model and founder of Method Motivation Wellness and Personal Training Studio is Las Vegas' most dynamic and invigorating personal trainer. Steven holds a strong belief in making exercise and nutrition a healthy way of life, and in turn, looking young and feeling great is inevitable. Method Motivation caters to clientele committed to addressing all aspects of their wellness and who are seeking optimal results over time. Experience training and traveling with high level CEOs and entertainers on strict fitness regimens has allowed Steven to separate herself from everyone else in her industry and create a unique blend of fitness savvy and reliable results. Steven holds national certification and membership with the National Strength and Conditioning Association and Master Trainer Certification from the Professional Fitness Institute. She is also the Founder of the Children's Fitness Foundation, a non-profit organization, which is committed to fighting childhood obesity throughout Nevada. She is a contributing writer for several publications, including Las Vegas Woman magazine and has been featured on PBS and other local television programs.


Tickets for Women's Day, which includes the event, breakfast, skills clinic, lunch and a ticket to return to the tournament later in the week can be purchased through ClicknPrint online for $50. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Shriners Hospitals for Children. Women's Day is at The Hill, the tournament's entertainment and food pavilion, at TPC Summerlin: 1680 Village Center Circle, Las Vegas, NV. Guests may use complimentary tournament shuttles available at The Suncoast. More information regarding the shuttle is available online.

(702) 873-1010

Big plans for old Masonic building

by Susan Gardner, Redwood Times

Rio Anderson from Chautauqua Natural Foods and Cafe Minou was the guest speaker at last week's Garberville Rotary Club meeting in Redway.

Anderson's mother, Peg, started Chautauqua in Redway in 1980. She eventually moved the business to the present location, in the former Ice House, on Church Street around 1988.

The word chautauqua originated in 1873 in a town in N.Y., from ja'dahgweh, a Seneca (Iroquoian) name, possibly “one has taken out fish there,” but an alternative suggested meaning is “raised body.” A Methodist summer colony there featured lectures from 1874. Anderson said his mom chose the name and to them it means, “fairs to inspire rural communities as a meeting place to exchange ideas and products.”

They purchased the old Masonic Lodge building, which was originally built by the Masons in the late 1950s, approximately 1-1/2 years ago. The building was recently rezoned commercial/residential and the Andersons have begun to remodel the interior.

Many of the walls and ceilings, which were paneled with curly old-growth redwood, have been taken down and will be recycled in the new construction. The entire building, inside and out, will receive a major facelift and will be a definite asset to Garberville once it is completed.

Anderson said current plans include four 700-sq.-ft., one-bedroom apartments upstairs and offices for the store. Downstairs will be a state-of-the-art health food store with a meat market, gourmet bakery, expanded produce, dairy, frozen foods, and health and beauty departments.

The expanded business will be similar to Eureka Natural Foods, but somewhat smaller. Anderson says that with the expanded size they will do their very best to be competitive with their pricing. He said it is important to reinvest local money back into the community and this is one of the major goals. Anderson said this is home and he is committed to staying here and growing with the community.

Pacific Builders is the expected contractor for the project. The apartments will be the first to be built to bring in the much-needed income to help with the rest of the building renovations. United Natural Foods will help with the setup of the store.

Cafe Minou will continue to serve tarts, empanadas, wraps, salads, sandwiches and more - all with the finest organic ingredients from the store. Their inspirations guide the daily menu, and the results are a fantastic array of fusion cuisine.

Anderson said they will be expanding their seating and kitchen in the cafe, with the possibility of a cafeteria-style kind of dining, where you can pick from an assortment of items. They also plan to have the commercial kitchen available for the area's small entrepreneurs. He said it is very important to help these small businesses and he hopes to carry their products in the new store. They continue to purchase as much produce and meat from local growers as possible and have plans to grind local wheat and grains on site.

Anderson said he is also applying to the county to make the area in front of the store a yellow loading and unloading zone, which will mean a few less parking places for the public. The store's parking lot will be for customers and residents of the apartments.

According to their website, Chautauqua's mission is to nourish the health and wellness of our Southern Humboldt Community, as well as our shared environment.


Friday, August 6, 2010

Northern California Shriners Hospital Charity Golf Tournament

The Shriners is a fraternity with approximately 375,000 members. They support the Shriners Hospitals for children by providing free pediatric care for more then 865,000 patients. The Shriners are hosting a charity golf tournament in order to raise money for the Shriners Hospitals for Children Worldwide.

The event will be held at Tuscan Ridge Golf Club in Paradise, CA on September 17, 2010.

Those that played last year know what a great tournament this was and how much fun the event offered. Please join in helping with this great event.

This year, channel 12 has joined us and we have already done 2 shows on the event, Shriners and the hospitals.

Outback is our principal sponsor and puts on a great meal free of charge to us for the event.

Arnold Palmer signed some of our hole flags and we have joined with the Ben Ali Center to have their ball drop again this year.

The TV station plans on doing a filmed trip from start to finish of a child in the system and would like to interview a young adult to see how there life is due to the care of the Shrine.

Visit our event site at www.shrinersgolf.com. Thank you

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

This is National Clown Week

What every community leader should know

Red Nose Response was founded as a response to the devastation we all witnessed following the 2005 hurricanes Katrina and Rita. We asked ourselves and many others "what can we do to help?" The result was the formation of a 501(c)(3) not for profit service organization.

Red Nose Response is now an organization of more than 750 clowns throughout the US and Canada who are ready, willing and able to respond in times of natural and manmade disasters, everything from local to national. Many are Red Cross certified. They come from all the clown organizations including the International Shrine Clowns, World Clown Association and Clowns of America International.

Red Nose Response provides a soft response, emphasizing comic relief, while assisting with and in various aspects of recovery operations.

Red Nose Response is capable of assisting local community leaders with their disaster planning efforts. We can also provide a very entertaining disaster preparedness training program!

There are more than 50 clowns in the Capital Region who are members of Red Nose Response.

We would like to share our skills with you and your disaster management team. For more information locally, call Barbara Bird, Vice President and Director of Communication for Red Nose Response, at 383-2351, Paul Kleinberger, President of Red Nose Response at 489-2680 or go to www.rednoseresponse.org to contact us through our web site.

And you just thought we were a bunch of clowns?

El Zaribah Shriners

2010 Shrine Circus

* Urgent Notice: Free tickets for children are available at all Safeway Stores, Frys Food Stores, Bashas & Food City Stores, Walgreens, Circle K, & 7-11 stores.

Adult ticket are available to puchase in advance at all Safeway stores, at the customer service desk.

If you purchase your tickets in advance, you can bypass the line at the box office. Come early for Face Painting, Balloon Animals, And even Ride the Elephants!

*One boys and one girls bicycle will be given away at all seven performances. Please remember you must be present to win.

Dates: September 17th, 18th, & 19th


* Friday Sept. 17th @ 6:30pm
* Saturday Sept. 18th @ 11:00am, 3:00pm, 6:30pm
* Sunday Sept. 19th @ 11:00am, 3:00pm, 6:30pm

Location:The West world Equidome * 16601 North Pima Road – 101 Freeway & Frank Lloyd Wright Blvd
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Circus Hotline: 480-946-3696

Adult tickets can be purchased for $15.00 at all Safeway Stores at the customer service desk, & at the box office one hour before showtimes.

Sunday, August 1, 2010


by Tom Calvin http://www.marathoneventmarketing.com/mem_participant.cml?u=TomCalvin

On Sunday, September 5, 2010, the El Zaribah Shriners will host their first ever 100 Hole Golf Marathon, which will help El Zaribah continue its mission – bringing smiles to children’s faces. This event will be held at Augusta Ranch Golf Club in Mesa, Arizona.

The El Zaribah Shrine is part of Shriners International, a fraternity of fun and fellowship with a cause of helping children. Enjoying the opportunities to serve the community by participating in numerous parades with their many different units and clubs, they are always a source of entertainment for the young and old alike. On September 17th, 18th and 19th, El Zaribah Shriners will conduct their annual Shrine Circus at West World in North Scottsdale. Each year thousands of children from all walks of life get to attend this event for free.

The clowns participate in many different events throughout the year with only one purpose; bring a smile to everyone’s face. El Zaribah is the only Shrine that owns their own camels to entertain the community. Shriners, with their funny red hats, little cars and motorcycle units perform to bring smiles to everyone’s face. And of course, serving children and providing the opportunity to improve their quality of life is priceless. Events like this Golf Marathon will allow the El Zaribah Shriners to continue their work to help children smile and enjoy life a little bit more.

I am playing in this event because I truly believe in the great work the Shriners do. The sacrifices they make to bring smiles to the faces of thousands of children are simply unbelievable.

The El Zaribah Shriners are hosting the "100 Holes of Golf Marathon" fund raising event and I am proud to be a part of it. This innovative event is similar in nature to a walk-a-thon, but in this case we are seeking sponsors to pledge funds per hole of golf we play. Not only has each participant committed to playing the 100 holes of golf in one day, but has sponsored him, or herself to play as well, for a minimum of 75 cents per hole.

I will be playing 100 holes of Golf in one day and need your help!

We have a goal of raising $30,000. Sponsor me as your heart directs – 50 cents, $1, $2, or even more per hole. Thank you so much for your support.

Net proceeds from this event are for the benefit of El Zaribah Shriners

Payments are not deductable as charitable contributions