Surrounded by over a hundred attendees, including Shriners, former patients, physicians, and members of Shriners Children’s Board of Directors, Mayor Brenda Gunter read a proclamation declaring Saturday, April 30, 2022 as ‘Shriners Day’ in San Angelo. It was a triple special occasion for the Shriners Gala which took place at San Angelo Country Club. This year, Shriners International is celebrating its 150th anniversary. Shriners Children’s is celebrating its 100th anniversary and San Angelo’s own Suez Shrine Center is celebrating its 70th anniversary. Among the guests was former Shriners Children’s patient Adison Gomez from Eagle Pass, Texas. Adison gave an emotional testimonial how after an accident, he lost his right leg. At the moment, he and his family felt lost, but after being referred to Shriners Children’s, he found the support he needed. “I entered Shriners Children’s Hospital in a wheel-chair, but I left walking,” Adison expressed alongside his family. Rachel Davis, another former Shriners Children’s patient also gave a very emotional testimonial of her experience. As a child, she accidently put a live electrical cable in her mouth. Her 19 year-old-mom didn’t know what to do. Shriners Children’s came to help. She tearfully detailed her experience at the hospital and her gratefulness to the men that wear the fez for saving her life. For decades, the Shrine has operated a network of specialized hospitals that treat children with orthopedic problems, burns and spinal cord injuries, up to their 18th birthday. Shriners Children’s Hospitals have provided expert medical care to more than 1,000,000 children.
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