The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

October 7, 2012

Because children need help


CNHI News Service

Sunday, October 7, 2012 — Sept. 26 was a special date to over a million children who have suffered from orthopaedic issues, spinal cord injuries, burns, and cleft lip and pallet.

It was on that day in 1872 that the “Ancient Arabic Order of Nobles of the Mystic Shrine” had their first meeting in New York City. Today of course, they are simply called “Shriners.”

How did an organization form initially only for fun come to benefit over a million children?

In 1922, with polio epidemics sweeping the country, the Shriners inaugurated the first pediatric orthopaedic hospital in Shreveport, La.

As the “Shrine” grew, so did the world’s most remarkable pediatric hospital system. Recently, 140 years after the birth of the Shriners and 90 years after the creation of their first hospital, Shriners Hospitals for Children now number 22 hospitals across North America, including Montreal and Mexico City.

All care and services are provided regardless of the families’ ability to pay. To receive treatment, a child must be under 18 years of age and there must be a reasonable expectation the child will benefit from available services.

We are fortunate to have one of these hospitals near us, the Greenville, S.C. Shriners Hospital for Children.

If you know a child in need of treatment, call (800) 237-5055 or contact a local Shriner.

For more information, visit www. shrinershospitalsforchildren.org.

Calvin Gaddy

New London

Emeritus Member

Shriners International /Shriners

Hospital for Children Public

Relations Committee