2019 First Lady's Project
As Illustrious Sir, Bruce, and First Lady, Vikki, were driving back from the 2018 Imperial Session in Daytona Beach, FL, they began to think about what specific project they could adopt as their fundraiser for the Shriners’ Springfield Hospital in 2019.
The answer became clear and was near and dear to their hearts! Our Illustrious Sir has a granddaughter, Carli, age 3, who has Cerebral Palsy. The Springfield Hospital treats many patients who have that physical challenge . When asked what we could do to support kids with Cerebral Palsy, the hospital suggested their “Go-Baby-Go” program, that focuses on cerebral palsy (CP) patients.
Although not specifically in the “Go-Baby-Go” program, Carli recently became an outpatient in Springfield. CP affects all patients' mobility, but in different ways. With Carli, she has been fortunate enough to progress to where she can walk independently with a walker. For other children who aren't as fortunate, the “Go-Baby-Go" program provides mobility independence in new and cutting edge ways.
Our slogan, “Carli’s Kids,” refers to all kids in Springfield with Cerebral Palsy. The buttons (above, left) will be given to anyone who donates $10 or more to the fund - and a very special keepsake will be given to all who donate over $100! The First Lady hopes that everyone will get a button and wear it proudly at all our Shrine events in 2019! If you already have a button, then we encourage you to buy another one for someone you know! In addition, there will be other fundraisers throughout the year to support “Carli’s Kids.” The first one to put on your “radar” should be the dance on March 16th at Sphinx Shrine featuring the band, “Crossroads.” Get all of your friends to come out with you, hear some great music, do some dancing, have a great time, and support “Carli’s Kids!”