An Elkin High School student used her senior project to give back to a hospital which has helped her as a youth, and residents in the area will have another chance to make donations this weekend.
Sidney McMillian was born with congenital hip dysplasia, a birth defect where the cartilage which holds the ball at the end of the femur in place at the pelvis does not form normally. The ball is loose in the socket and may easily dislocate.
Without treatment, McMillian could have been left with juvenile arthritis in her hip and caused her to be cripple and unable to walk. But at 9-months-old, she was placed in a spica cast by doctors from the Shriner’s Hospitals. She wore the cast for seven months, with the cast being changed monthly. Then for another year, she wore a rhino brace.
During her last trip to the Shriner’s Hospital in Greenville, South Carolina, on Sept. 11, 2013, it was determined the cartilage which holds the hip in place had healed enough that there was little danger of the hip becoming displaced.
The Shriner’s paid for all of McMillian’s treatments, surgeries and appliances.
On March 5, as part of her senior project, McMillian held a spaghetti fundraiser at the Shrine Lodge in Jonesville to help those who have helped her. The fundraiser sold 135 plates and raised $3,016.05, with all of the money benefiting the Shriner’s Hospitals for Children, which treat crippled and burned children.
This Friday and Saturday, the members of the Elkin/Jonesville Shrine Club will be on hand from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Walmart on CC Camp Road, Elkin, holding another fundraiser benefiting the Shriner’s Hospitals, explained Tommy Wheeler, president of the local Shrine organization.
The local fundraiser, what Shriners call a “paper” sale, is part of the larger Oasis Temple’s fundraiser. Shriners will ask for donations to support the hospitals and in turn, for the donation, they will provide the donor with a piece of paper which gives information about what the Shriner’s Hospitals do for burned and crippled children.
“They care for children up to 18 years of age regardless of their ability to pay,” Wheeler explained.
“We can appreciate any support we can get. Having a local person who our club sponsored to go to a Shrine Hospital” gives them a local connection, Wheeler added.
He said the hospital is available for “any children who has any orthopedic problem, or, God forbid, has been burned bad,” he said. “The Shriners are always there to help.”
Those who may be in need of the Shriner’s Hospitals’ services can get more information by calling the Oasis Temple in Charlotte, which is the main temple for North Carolina clubs from the Tennessee border east to the Burlington area, at 704-549-0926 or reach out to a local Shriner.
Wendy Byerly Wood may be reached at 336-258-4035 or on Twitter @wendywoodeditor.