“The idea came to us more than a year ago,” explains Alzafar Shriner Noble Larry Lowe. “Transportation costs were going up, and it’s tough for kids to travel when they’re sick and on the road to recovery.”
The Lowes thought it would be a great idea to partner with a clinic that was already well established. They reached out to the Ruthe B. Cowl Rehabilitation Center and asked for help. “The center was very receptive to our idea,” says Lowe. “They even had extra space they weren’t using that worked perfectly for what we had in mind.” http://www.ruthebcowl.com/
The Lowes took their idea to Alzafar Shrine Potentate Bob Jones in San Antonio. Jones made the trip to Laredo to check out the facility and agreed with the idea.
“The Laredo Outreach Shrine Hospital Clinic will be a great help to dozens of children and their families,” says Alzafar Shrine Potentate Bob Jones. “We are very appreciative to the Ruthe B. Cowl Rehabilitation Center for their generous contribution.”
The one day clinic will open August 10, 2012 at 11 a.m. “We have doctors coming from Houston and the staff are all volunteering their time,” says Lowe. “We hope to help thirty to fifty children that day.”
Talks are already in the works for a second clinic day at the site in November.
ABOUT ALZAFAR SHRINERS & SHRINERS HOSPITALS FOR CHILDREN
Most know the Shriners as the jolly men sporting red fezzes, elaborate clown costumes and racing around in mini-cars during Fiesta and other area parades. However, behind the fez lies a serious business: raising funds for the 22 Shriners Hospitals for Children across the nation.
• Shriners Hospitals for Children provide medical care for children suffering from burns, orthopedic conditions, spinal cord injuries and cleft lip and palate conditions
• The first Shriners Hospital for Children was opened in 1922 in Shreveport, LA
• Worldwide, nearly one million children have been helped regardless of a patient’s ability to pay
• Texas has two Shriners Hospital locations: Houston & Galveston. The Galveston Hospital is home to the world-renowned burn center
• Alzafar Shriners are headquartered in San Antonio and are celebrating their 97th year of service with more than 2,000 members
• The Alzafar Shriners have established their presence in 24 South Central Texas counties: Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Comal, Dewitt, Frio, Gonzales, Guadalupe, Karnes, Kendall, Kinney, Kerr, LaSalle, Maverick, McMullen, Medina, Real, Uvalde, Val Verde, Webb, Wilson, Zapata & Zavala
• Alzafar clubs are located in Laredo, Canyon Lake, Boerne, Kerrville, Seguin/New Braunfels and Del Rio
• Each year, more than 700 children from San Antonio and South Texas are treated at Shriners Hospitals for Children
• Alzafar Shriners log more than 40,000 miles a year transporting patients to a Shriners Hospital for Children in Texas