Shriners to host free screening clinicPeople look forward to their units when they march in a parade.
They are the ones with a funny looking hat, also known as a ‘fez.’
But behind their facade, they have a serious side to them that may not be visible otherwise.
The Al Kaly Shriners will sponsor a free screening clinic from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday in the Fellowship Hall at the First United Methodist Church at Ninth and Main streets.
“If a child has a medical condition that they can benefit from a Shrine Hospital, (parents are urged to) bring the child and medical information (to the clinic, where) Shrine staff will interview and make assessments.”
During the morning, the Shriners will be able set up schedules for children to visit one of the hospitals.
“Anybody in the community can come,” Shriner Richard Mills said. “They don’t have to have a Masonic affiliation.”
The screening clinic helps to identify children, who have such problems such as spinal deformities, missing limbs, scoliosis, clubfoot, spina bifida, dislocated hips, missing arms or legs, as well as burn victims.
And the clinic is a good way to learn about the expert care in which the Shriners Hospitals provide for children around the country and the world.
Children between the ages of 1 month and 18-years-old are accepted to participate in the clinic.
Another benefit is the Shriners will help with transportation for children and parents, who may need to go to a Shrine Hospital.
Those who come to the screening clinic are asked to bring a birth certificate and immunization records.
“All care provided at Shriners Hospital is absolutely free of charge,” Mills said.
For more information, call the church at 275-0681.