Walk for Love

Shriners Hospital for Children is a hospital for kids who are mentally or physically disabled. On September 24, they are hosting a fundraiser called Walk for Love. This fundraiser will help support the families of patients by giving financial aid to allow them to continue receiving services. Megan Wetherald, a patient at Shriners and sophomore at Brashier, is thrilled for this wonderful event. Her team page, Giggles for a Cause, has additional information on the event.

“I believe this event will help raise awareness and help people who have never heard of Shriners get involved,” says junior Hannah Fugate.

At this fundraiser, there will be food, games, music, and a free t-shirt. For this walkathon there are two course options to choose from: a one mile course or a 90 yard course. The 90 yards is called “90 yards for our 90th,” since it is Shriners 90th birthday this year. The registration cost is $30, and is all inclusive.

“There will be different activities like face painting and bounce houses, and a fire truck is coming for the kids,” says Wetherald.

Megan Wetherald was born with a limb deficiency and only has two fingers on her left hand.              She has been a patient at Shriners Hospital ever since she was born and now acts as a patient ambassador.

“[That] means I represent Shriners by going to all the events, receiving large check donations from businesses, and being an example to younger patients,” says Wetherald.

This event is a great way to connect people from all over to share a great experience.

“It’s so uplifting to hear how people are coming together to support such a great cause. I think this event is really great and will encourage lots of people,” says junior Jack Lavoie.

Wetherald has gone to Shriners for so long, so she feels that it has shaped her into the person she is today.

“They have made me a better person because I know I am different than everybody else, but they taught me that your differences don’t really matter. They make you feel special and shape you into who you are. I don’t judge people because I know everybody has their differences,” says Wetherald.

Shriners has helped thousands of children throughout the years. They have helped children see themselves as special, wonderful, and beautiful.  

“I think this is a great idea, and I think it’s cool how not only the families and patients will benefit from this, but those who participate will have a great time and really enjoy themselves,” says senior Jake Webber.

Wetherald has seen how happy Shriners makes all the children in their care.  

“The kids love it! It’s just so family friendly and it’s like the kids’ happy place. Sometimes they do fun little things for the kids. One time they brought cute dogs in and when the kids walked in, they smiled, and it was so cute!  I love it; it’s so adorable,” says Wetherald.

Although Shriners Hospital is specifically for children, Wetherald never wants to leave.

“I don’t ever want to leave there; it’s so good. I love it, so I don’t want to leave,” says Wetherald.

All the patients at Shriners are excited for the Walk for Love fundraiser. Not many of the kids are used to participating in something like this.

 

“The kids are so excited! They get to do little things every now and then, but it’s not this interactive. I think they will love it. I am so excited! I think it will be precious,” says Wetherald.