140 year of Shriners

140 year of Shriners

Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Silent Summons

The Silent Summons
A member of a certain Lodge, who previously attended meetings regularly, stopped going. After a few months, 
the Worshipful Master decided to visit him. It was a chilly evening, and the Worshipful Master found his 
brother at home alone, sitting before a blazing fire.
Guessing the reason for the Worshipful Master's visit, the brother welcomed him, led him to a comfortable chair 
near the fireplace and waited. The Worshipful Master made himself comfortable, but said nothing.
In the grave silence, he contemplated the dance of the flames around the burning logs. After several minutes, 
the Worshipful Master took the fire tongs, carefully picked up a brightly burning ember and placed it to one side 
of the hearth, all alone. Then he sat back in his chair, still silent.
His host watched all of this in quiet contemplation. As the one, lone ember's flame flickered and diminished, 
there was a momentary glow, and its fire was no more. Soon, it was cold and dead.
Not a word had been spoken since the initial greeting. The Worshipful Master glanced at his watch and chose 
this time to leave. He slowly stood up, picked up the cold, dead ember, and placed it back in the middle of the 
fire. Immediately, it began to glow once more, with all the light and warmth of the burning coals around it.
As the Worshipful Master reached the door to leave, his host said, with a tear running down his cheek, "Thank 
you so much for your fiery summons, my brother. I'll be back in our Lodge next meeting." -- Author Unknown
Faternally yours,
WB J.C Knapp PM

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Common Causes of Spinal Cord Injuries

Spinal cord rehabilitation
July 22,2015
There are 12,000 new cases of spinal cord injury in the U.S. each year. Approximately 10 percent affects children under the age of 16. Shriners Hospitals for Children, a leader in pediatric spinal cord injury treatment and rehabilitation, provides important educational information for families through its prevention and awareness campaign.

At least 30 people sustain a spinal cord injury resulting in paralysis every day in the U.S.

Approximately 50 percent of spinal cord injuries occur in the cervical region (neck), affecting the ability to breathe as well as upper and lower body function. The other 50 percent of this type of injury occurs to the thoracic region (back), affecting upper and lower body functions.

Between 1,500 and 2,000 new spinal cord injuries affect children and adolescents each year in the U.S.

Some of the most common causes of spinal cord injuries in children and adolescents include motor vehicle accidents, trampolines and falls.

Shriners Hospitals for Children was the first health care system in the country to develop spinal cord injury rehabilitation centers specifically for children. The programs available at Shriners Hospitals for Children provide a complete range of services designed to ensure children and teens with spinal cord injuries recover to the greatest extent possible.


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