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Meet the Shriners Hospitals for Children representatives who will ride on the 2018 Rose Parade float

Theme showcases healthcare system’s focus on the future

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Shriners Hospitals for Children is proud to participate in the 129th Rose Parade presented by Honda for the eighth consecutive year. Eight representatives will ride on the 2018 float entitled Caring for Kids Around the World. The float theme showcases in a playful and entertaining way how Shriners Hospitals for Children is making a difference beyond its hospitals’ doors and into the future.

Commander Fezzy – in his sixth appearance on the Shriners Hospitals for Children float design – is at the center of the mission to care for children who are in need of our specialized, state-of-the-art compassionate care. He is joined by the number one Shriner in the world, Imperial Potentate Gary Bergenske, and his wife, Anne; Trustee Peter Diaz and his wife, Vicky; along with a trusted space crew of four patient ambassadors: Alec, Emily, Isabella and Kechi (2017 America’s Got Talent finalist.)

The parade’s theme, Making a Difference, aligns perfectly with our organization’s mission to make a difference in the lives of children through care, medical education and research. The inspiring stories of our patients’ accomplishments, perseverance and courage clearly show the difference Shriners Hospitals for Children makes every day.

Kechi, although badly burned in a plane crash, found the strength and confidence to make it to the finals of a televised talent contest watched by millions. Alec is so grateful to Shriners Hospitals for Children for “changing his life forever” that he has become a fervent and enthusiastic spokesperson. Emily established a foundation and raised thousands of dollars for Shriners Hospitals for Children. And Isabella, whose speech was once very difficult to understand, is now an accomplished singer.

Hundreds of volunteers,  including Shriners, employees, supporters and donors, have dedicated countless hours to constructing and decorating the Caring for Kids Around the World float. Shriners Hospitals for Children is ready to launch into the New Year by participating in the 2018 Rose Parade.

Gary Bergenske
Gary Bergenske
  Ann Beregenske
Anne Bergenske
  Peter Diaz
Peter Diaz
  Vicky Diaz
Vicky Diaz

 

Alec
Alec
  Emily
Emily
  Isabella
Isabella
  Kechi
Kechi