Who are we?
We are triplets who are working with the Jensen Beach High School Key Club and the FRC S.P.A.M. Robotics Club of Martin County to raise money for the Shriners Hospital for Children in Tampa, Fl.
Why are we doing this?
Our brother is a patient of Shriners. The last time he was there, he had a huge surgical procedure. They cut and moved both his femurs and his left tibia, they gave him muscle releases on many muscles in the back of his legs, and did work on his right foot. Because he was going to undergo such a large procedure, he was understandably nervous. The team at Shriners worked with him to help him understand what was going to be done and did all that they could to help him feel less nervous. When he was younger, they actually used puppets to explain what was going to be done and gave him a tour of the operating room.
We are extremely grateful for what the Shriners have done. Following our brother’s last surgery in 9th grade we learned that Shriners was having trouble financially because people were not donating to them due to the financial crisis. We decided then and there that we would do everything in our power to help out, and that is how our 5k race was created.
What are the Shriners Hospitals for Children?
Shriners Hospitals for Children is dedicated to providing medical and rehabilitative services to children with congenital deformities and conditions, problems resulting from orthopaedic injuries and diseases of the neuromusculoskeletal system.
The catchment area for the Shriners Hospital for Children in Tampa, Fl includes our community.
The Shriners Hospitals for Children accept all qualifying children independent of their ability to pay. This allows children to get top notch care who may otherwise be unable to receive such care. As the Shriners website says, “The generosity of donors is what enables Shriners Hospital for Children to deliver life-changing medical care without placing burden on the families of our patients.”
Inaugural Shriners 5k Run Walk
Last year, we raised over $10,000 for The Shriners Hospital for Children in Tampa, Fl and had nearly 400 participants.