Thursday, December 29, 2011
Tuesday, December 27, 2011
Is It What's WRONG With These Kids? Or What's RIGHT With These Kids?
I don't know what's wrong with these kids today!
Who can understand anything they say?
They are disobedient, disrespectful oafs!
Noisy, crazy, dirty, lazy, loafers!
While we're on the subject:
You can talk and talk till your face is blue!
But they still just do what they want to do!
Why can't they be like we were,
Perfect in every way?
What's the matter with kids today?
Saturday, December 24, 2011
Friday, December 23, 2011
Pull-Tabs for Kids
The Shriner’s collect the pull-tabs for four reasons, first, it allows others to help without additional cost to them. Second, because it allows people to help while keeping the can which they can still turn back in to recover the full redemption fee. Third, by recycling the aluminum, the Shriner’s are being environmentally friendly (It requires approximately 15% of the energy to recycle the already refined aluminum rather than mine new aluminum). Most importantly, it also is another way to help kids receive world class-care at the Shriner’s Hospitals for Children. The Aleppo Shriner’s (our parent organization) have collected over 15 tons of pull tabs and have raised over $310,000 in a single year to provide transportation to the Shriner’s Hospitals. The Shrine Club of Southeastern Mass recently submitted over 2 1/2 tons (about 5.8 million pull-tabs) to be recycled. Because our goal is continuing we need your help by dropping off pull-tabs
Thursday, December 22, 2011
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
|Nine Raiderettes visited Shriners Hospital for Children.Photo by Tony Gonzales|
|Raiderette Annie puts a smile on the young patient's face. Photo by Tony Gonzales|
Monday, December 19, 2011
Brad Childress and Bobby Ross selected as head coaches of the 87th annual East-West Shrine Game Venerable coaches to lead teams in college football all-star game benefitting Shriners Hospitals for Children ®
TAMPA, Fla. (December 13, 2011) – Brad Childress and Bobby Ross have been selected as head
coaches of the 87 Annual East-West Shrine Game® benefitting Shriners Hospitals for Children.
“We are proud to have two coaches that represent an unbelievable wealth of knowledge of the game
through their collegiate and NFL coaching careers,” said Harold Richardson, executive director of the
East-West Shrine Game. “Most importantly, Coach Ross and Coach Childress are excited to be a part of
this game because it combines great football with a great cause. The players will remember this week for
the rest of their lives.”
Ross and Childress both have impressive records as coaches and are looking forward to the opportunity
to compete against one another for a good cause. While the East-West Shrine Game allows some of the
best college football players in the country to showcase their talents in front of NFL coaches and scouts,
the true purpose of the game is to raise awareness of Shriners Hospitals for Children.
“This is a great opportunity to give back and provide joy to the children at Shriners Hospital for Children,” said Childress. “Helping our next generation both on and off the field is a cause that is very dear to me.”
“Words cannot describe the feeling you get from bringing so much joy into these children’s lives,” said
Ross, who also coached the game in 2008 and is proud to support Shriners Hospitals for Children for a
second time. “I’m so proud to be back coaching the East-West Shrine Game and helping raise money for
a special cause.“
Kick-off is at 4:00 p.m. on January 21, 2012 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. To learn more
about the East-West Shrine Game or to order tickets, please visit www.shrinegame.com.
Thursday, December 15, 2011
Grandma was home, and the buns were still warm. Between bites, I told her everything. She was ready for me. "No Santa Claus?" she snorted...."Ridiculous! Don't believe it. That rumor has been going around for years, and it makes me mad, plain mad!! Now, put on your coat, and let's go."
"Go? Go where, Grandma?" I asked. I hadn't even finished my second world-famous cinnamon bun. "Where" turned out to be Kerby's General Store, the one store in town that had a little bit of just about everything. As we walked through its doors, Grandma handed me ten dollars. That was a bundle in those days. "Take this money," she said, "and buy something for someone who needs it. I'll wait for you in the car." Then she turned and walked out of Kerby's.
I was only eight years old. I'd often gone shopping with my mother, but never had I shopped for anything all by myself. The store seemed big and crowded, full of people scrambling to finish their Christmas shopping.
For a few moments I just stood there, confused, clutching that ten-dollar bill, wondering what to buy, and who on earth to buy it for.
I thought of everybody I knew: my family, my friends, my neighbors, the kids at school, the people who went to my church.
I was just about thought out, when I suddenly thought of Bobby Decker. He was a kid with bad breath and messy hair, and he sat right behind me in Mrs. Pollock's grade-two class. Bobby Decker didn't have a coat. I knew that because he never went out to recess during the winter. His mother always wrote a note, telling the teacher that he had a cough, but all we kids knew that Bobby Decker didn't have a cough; he didn't have a good coat. I fingered the ten-dollar bill with growing excitement. I would buy Bobby Decker a coat!
The nice lady smiled at me, as I told her about how Bobby really needed a good winter coat. I didn't get any change, but she put the coat in a bag, smiled again, and wished me a Merry Christmas.
That evening, Grandma helped me wrap the coat (a little tag fell out of the coat, and Grandma tucked it in her Bible) in Christmas paper and ribbons and wrote, "To Bobby, From Santa Claus" on it.
I took a deep breath, dashed for his front door, threw the present down on his step, pounded his door and flew back to the safety of the bushes and Grandma.
Together we waited breathlessly in the darkness for the front door to open. Finally it did, and there stood Bobby.
Fifty years haven't dimmed the thrill of those moments spent shivering, beside my Grandma, in Bobby Decker's bushes. That night, I realized that those awful rumors about Santa Claus were just what Grandma said they were -- ridiculous. Santa was alive and well, and we were on his team.
I still have the Bible, with the coat tag tucked inside: $19.95.
May you always have LOVE to share,
And may you always believe in the magic of Santa Claus!
Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Advancing Burn Care Leads to Better Burn Care
13 Total 2012 ABA Abstracts Accepted for Presentation at the annual meeting in Seattle
The Shriners hospital submitted 13 abstracts to the American Burn Association describing various patient care observations, techniques and procedures, new programs and performance improvement initiatives. We recently learned that all 13 abstracts were accepted - a 100% acceptance rate!
The abstracts were authored by many different disciplines with diverse experience in abstract writing. This year’s abstracts also comprised a wide spectrum of practical bedside topics ranging from burn prevention, sleep, nursing and wound care, nutrition, infection control and rehabilitation, as
well as describing some of our new programs like the Remember Me program and the Journal Club. Please join us in congratulating our successful ABA abstract authors/coauthors and let us know if you want to begin a clinical research project in 2012
1. Multi-center Testing of Burn Prevention Teaching Tool for Amish Children
Mary Rieman and Richard Kagan
2. Acute Burns of the Palm: Is Early Splinting Necessary?
Mary Dougherty, Patti Sharp and Richard Kagan
3. Amish Burn Wound Ointment and Burdock Leaf Dressings: Assessments of
Antimicrobial & Cytotoxic Activities Mary Rieman, Alice Neely, Steven Boyce,
William Kossenjans Paula Durkee, Jack Zembrodt, Barb Puthoff an Richard Kagan
4. Remember Me Program: Bridging the Gap between the Hospital and School
Dan Dunlap, Susan Arnold and Richard Kagan
5. Retrospective Exam of the Effectiveness of Zolpidem for Sleep in Pediatric
Burn Patients with a Known History of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
Stephanie Cronin, Michele Gottschlich, Lacy Gose and Richard Kagan
6. The Successful Use of a Bridle: A New Way to Wrangle a Pediatric Nasal Feeding Tube
Angela Hardy, Debbie Harrell, Theresa Mayes and Richard Kagan
7. Long-Term Follow-up Fracture Incidence in Children Receiving Vitamin D
Supplementation during the Acute Phase Postburn
Theresa Mayes, Michele Gottschlich, Carmen Brunner, and Richard Kagan
8. The Predictive Value of Nutritional and Inflammatory Indices in Pressure
Ulcer Development in Pediatric Burns
Theresa Mayes, Angela Hardy, Michele Gottschlich, and Richard Kagan
9. The Effect of Healing Touch on Sleep Patterns of Pediatric Burn Patients
Lois Cone, Michele Gottschlich and Richard Kagan
10. Comparison of Sleep Parameters Obtained by Actigraphy and
Polysomnography during the Rehab Phase Postburn
Michele Gottschlich, Theresa Mayes, Chris Allgeier, and Richard Kagan
11. Journal Club Promotes Clinical Research, Continuing Education and
Evidence-based Practice Michele Gottschlich, Laura Fowler and Richard Kagan
12. A Performance Improvement Initiative to Determine the Impact of Increasing
the Time Interval between Changing Centrally Placed Intravascular Catheters
Alice Neely, Mary Rieman, Angela Hardy and Richard Kagan
13. Distinct Phenotypes of Deep vs. Superficial Keloid Fibroblasts in
Keloid Skin Substitutes Transplanted to Mice
Dorothy Supp, Jennifer Hahn, Kathryn Glaser, Kevin McFarland, and Steven Boyce
Shane Co. Lets Facebook Community
Decide How To Donate $20,000
Shane Co., the largest privately-held jeweler in the
United States, announced its second “We Donate,
You Win!” sweepstakes, hosted on the company’s
Facebook page. The sweepstakes invites the
public to vote for one of three charities including
Shriners Hospitals for Children. At the sweepstakes’
conclusion, Shane Co. will divide a $20,000
donation among those charities in proportion to the
All entrants will also be automatically entered to win
one of ﬁ ve $500 Shane Co. gift cards. Entrants can
earn an additional chance to win for each person
whom they refer to the contest, with no limit to the
number of entries earned.
• The “We Donate, You Win!” sweepstakes will
run until 11.59 p.m. on December 31, 2011.
• The public is encouraged to enter via www.