No matter how much we try to educate ourselves and our kids about health and safety, it’s a sad fact of life that serious illnesses and accidents are going to happen. When they do, we can only hope that a child gets the best health care possible. One institution that has been singularly dedicated to children for more than 80 years is the Shriners Hospitals for Children.
I’m writing about the Shriners because I had occasion to speak with one of their doctors last week — one of the preeminent pediatric burn doctors in the nation. I can only imagine what this doctor sees on a day-to-day basis, and it brings up the larger point about what Shriners does and how they do it. Shriners has 22 hospitals, all dedicated to taking care of children. They treat children up to age 18 for serious orthopedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries (SCI) and cleft palate and lip conditions. And the amazing thing — they do this all at no charge and without regard to financial need.
Think about that. In this day and age where health care costs are gong through the roof, and many children don’t even have access to good care at all, Shriners provides care at no cost to those children who need it most. In addition to their direct care for children, its mission also includes research into the conditions they treat, and also the education of medical professionals.
Over the years, Shriner’s hospitals have treated hundreds of thousands of children with all types of serious injuries. The institution and its dedicated professionals deserve a huge thank you. If you are interested in making a donation to this worthy cause, or want more information about doing so, go here.
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