Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Patients, Families Mark 75 Years of Shriners' Care

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Patients, Families Mark 75 Years of Shriners' Care

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When Bobbi Jo Wright was about 5 years old, she was in a body cast and having fun.

"I had my very own padded scooter, and I'd race past people," said Wright, now 32, of Evansville, Ind.

Wright was one of 1,000 people from Missouri and surrounding states who celebrated on Sunday the 75th anniversary of Shriners Hospitals For Children. The event was held at the hospital, 2001 South Lindbergh Boulevard in Frontenac. There are 22 Shriners hospitals in North America. Wright said she does not remember pain from the surgery that moved her hip bones into their sockets. She also does not remember the fear many children feel in hospitals. "Just the fond memories," Wright said. She has cerebral palsy, a disability resulting from brain damage before or during birth. It can cause muscular incoordination and speech disturbances. Shriners is a national masonic group for men. Many members volunteer at hospitals, contribute to them financially and raise money so children may receive orthopedic treatment without cost to their families, insurance companies and the government. …

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