Shriner Hospitals screening Sept. 29

A screening clinic for children seeking to qualify for treatment at Shriner Hospitals for Children is Saturday, Sept. 29, in Rockford. There is no charge for the clinic.

Qualified applicants are accepted for treatment or hospitalization at Shriner Hospitals for Children without cost, to either the patient or family. The clinic will be from noon to 3 p.m. at the Tebala Shrine Temple, 7910 Newburg Road, in Rockford (north side of Newburg Road, immediately east of Interstate 90). No advance appointment for the screening is required.

The program is open to all young people younger than 18, regardless of their religion, race or creed. Neither financial status nor the existence of a relationship to a Tebala volunteer are considered in the application process. Medical professionals and volunteers will be available to help with completing paperwork. Parents or a legal guardians must accompany all applicants.

In addition to a birth certificate and inoculation records, a copy of a divorce decree (when applicable) must be made available.

The Shriners of North America is best known for supporting a network of 22 hospitals that provide the highest quality care at no cost to children with neuromusculoskeletal conditions, burn injuries and certain other special health care needs within a compassionate, family-centered and collaborative care environment. Additional examples of conditions treated at the Shriner Hospitals for Children include: cleft-lip and palate, cranio-facial problems (not cosmetic surgery), cerebral palsy, scoliosis, osteogenesis imperfecta (brittle bone disease), spina bifida, residuals of polio, dwarfism, juvenile arthritis, spinal trauma, spinal cord injuries, limb deficiencies, growth problems and other congenital anomalies (missing limbs, clubfeet, webbed hands and feet).

For more information, contact (815) 332-2010 or visit

from the Sept. 26 – Oct. 2, 2007, issue

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