||Don Hall (left) with his son Taylor, a former patient at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Lexington. Taylor joined his dad and older brothers in joining the Shriners fraternity.
When Taylor Hall, 22, of Moorhead, Ky., became a member of El Hasa Shriners in March of 2011, it was a moment he had been looking forward to for many years.
“Shriners are great people to be around because they want to help children and have fun,” said Taylor. “I couldn’t wait to become one of them.”
Taylor was born with spina bifida, a condition that involves the incomplete development of the spinal cord or its coverings. Taylor has been a patient at Shriners Hospitals for Children® — Lexington since he was 3 months old. The expert care Taylor received from the health care system not only helped Taylor improve physically, but emotionally as well.
“The doctors and nurses always made me feel special and that I was part of their family, said Taylor. “I almost didn’t feel like I was at a hospital.”
One moment that stands out for Taylor was attending “Camp Beelieve.” The annual one-week camp is an opportunity for patients with spina bifida from Shriners Hospitals for Children — Lexington to go on field trips to movies, restaurants or amusement parks.
“Whenever my mom came to get me after camp was over, I never wanted to leave,” said Taylor. “I’ll never forget all the friendships I made with the other campers, counselors and the nursing staff.”
The camp had such a positive impact on Taylor’s life he wanted to make sure future patients would have the same opportunity. For the past few years, Taylor has made it a goal to raise money for the camp program.
“Being a Shriner has been a great experience because I now have hundreds of brothers who want to help and support me,” said Taylor.
Three of those Shriners are Taylor’s older brothers, Don Jr. and Joey, and his father, Don Sr. Since becoming a member of El Hasa Shriners in 1991, Don Sr. has been very involved with the fraternity. He is a Past Potentate of his temple.
“I really did not know too much about the fraternity until Taylor was a patient at the Lexington Shriners Hospital and I saw first-hand how devoted Shriners are to helping children,” said Don Sr. “I’ve enjoyed every moment and to be able to share the experience with three of my sons has made it even more special.”
Just like his father, Taylor is extremely active within his temple. He enjoys the camaraderie and the opportunities to participate in fundraising events for the health care system.
“Being a Shriner is a chance for me to continue helping my favorite hospital,” said Taylor. “I’m very excited about all the possibilities the fraternity offers.”
Shriners International is a fraternity based on fun,fellowship and the Masonic principles of brotherly love, relief and truth. There are approximately 310,000 members throughout the world. Learn more about joining Shriners International at www.beashrinernow.com.