Riding for Shriners

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By Juanice Gray, jgray@natchitochestimes.com

The Brother’s Keepers Motorcycle Club left Natchitoches Tuesday afternoon to deliver a $10,000 donation to Shriner’s Hospital for Children in Shreveport. The club chose to become benefactors of Shriners for personal reasons.

Natchitoches Chapter members are, from left in top photo, Alex and Misty Morgan, Chuck Stoker, Jacob, Danny and Diane Saffel, Mark Osborne, Whit Maxey, Vickey Buress,Terry Mcquillan, Mark Waskom, Michael Dupree, and in front, Joni Dupree.
Photos by Juanice Gray
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“Our Vice President Witt Maxey, aka Slider, had a child (at Shriner’s) and several people in the local community also. We raised most of our money through our annual Ralley which we have at the fairgrounds in Natchitoches,” said BKMC member Diane Saffel. Shriners Hospital is dedicated to serving the orthopaedic needs of children.

The Shriner’s mission statement reads, “Every child dreams of being in the driver’s seat. But not all children travel the same road. For children faced with physical challenges, fulfilling the promise of a brighter tomorrow can be a long and bumpy ride. The specialists at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Shreveport are determined to put children in the driver’s seat and set them on the road to independence. Since 1922, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Shreveport’s surgeons and staff have been providing high-quality medical care to all children, regardless of the families’ ability to pay.

The firefighters motorcycle club, Brother’s Keepers, left Natchitoches Tuesday to deliver their gift to Shriner’s Hospital

The hospital and clinic specialize in treating children with orthopaedic conditions and cleft lip and palate in an environment designed to put children at ease. Every member of their team, from surgeons and therapists to nurses and prosthetists, work together to ensure the best course of treatment for each patient.”