A grateful family wants to give back for the care their daughter received at the Spokane Shriners Hospital.
Robert Goertz and his family are organizing a 241 km (150 mile) relay-run from Shriners Hospitals for Children – Spokane to Nelson to raise money and awareness about the Spokane Shriners Hospital and how Shriners of BC and Yukon provide transportation for getting patients there and back.
It’s expected to leave the Spokane Shriners hospital at 7 a.m. on the Saturday, May 16 and arrive in Nelson between 11 and 11:30 a.m. on May 18 at the gazebo by the Prestige Resort.
“My daughter’s life has been transformed through the care and treatment she received from Dr. Bronson and the entire staff of the Shriners Hospital in Spokane,” he says. “I know my daughter’s story isn’t completely unique. There are thousands of children every year whose lives are changed forever by the work of the Shriners Organization, this is something we can do to say thank you.”
The group of participants from the Nelson area includes a member of the legislature, police officers, doctor, chiropractor and realtors. From the Spokane area, hospital staff, patients, Shriners Hospital wheelchair athletes and members of Shriners Temple El Katif and Gizeh from British Columbia will join the team as they take off from the hospital.
Shriners Hospitals for Children is a health care system of 22 locations dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, innovative research and outstanding teaching programs to 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.
Shriners Hospitals for Children relies on the generosity of donors to deliver this mission every day.