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Shriner's Screen Children

By: Venton D. Blandin
By: Venton D. Blandin

May 19, 2006

Even when the bills are paid, the hardships and expenses of medical bills can hit the families of kids with disabilities hard. The Shriner' s Hospital is working to help ease that burden. There is living proof in the form of a little girl that benefiting from the organization's helping hands.

"Well, a Shriner is a very nice person, like Bill is. He's right over there," added Destiny Harlow, a girl being treated for Spastic Diplegia Cerebral Palsy.

Here is 8-year-old Destiny Harlow, a self-described "Charmed" television show fanatic. She is smart and very articulate, but one of 500,000 kids who have Spastic Diplegia Cerebral Palsy.

Unable to play with other kids, or even her two sisters, Destiny remains positive.

"I'm satisfied, but it's not really the best thing in the world. I can't climb unless I have help," added Harlow.

Formed before birth, the condition causes the muscles which control leg movement to stiffen. It makes walking difficult to do. Destiny has been dealing with it for a long time.

"I would say when I was born, because when I was born...I almost died," said Harlow.

Destiny's parents are there for her, as well as her friend Emily, and a Shriner named Bill Huber.

Shriner's is a fraternal and civic organization that helps children with special needs. The group of men sends children to one of their 22 accredited hospitals where all treatment is done for free.

"We do not discriminate against the child for any reason. Race, religion, or financial...It has no bearing," said Bill Huber, of the Shriner's ACCA 97.

If you know a child like Destiny Harlow in need of help, you should talk with a Shriner.

Several of them will be on-hand for a free clinic in Greene County Saturday, May 20 Nathaniel Greene Elementary School between 8:00a.m. 2:00 p.m to be screened.


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