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Billy Dalke: Legacy of love

Monday, February 22, 2016
Billy Dalke

As part of Legacy of Love month, Billy Dalke is sharing his Shriners story. He was treated at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Twin Cities in the late 1970s for Legg-Calve-Perthes disease. Billy’s family learned about the care provided at Shriners Hospitals for Children through his grandfather, who was a member of Abu Bekr Shrine in Sioux City, Iowa.

Billy started his treatment at the Twin Cities Shriners Hospital when he was 6 years old and a year later, he had several surgeries and a six month hospital stay. He was in a body cast and although he wasn’t able to run and play with some of the other patients, he has fond memories of being a patient at Shriners Hospitals for Children —Twin Cities.

Not only was Billy treated at Shriners Hospitals for Children, his sister was also a patient. The legacy continues today, as his nephew is seeking treatment at the Twin Cities Shriners Hospital as well.

The Shrine legacy that began with Billy’s grandfather continued in 2002, when Billy joined the Abu Bekr Shrine. Billy’s cousins, Christopher Strong and Jeremy Berger are also proud members of Abu Bekr Shrine. Billy says that he became a Shriner because it was something that ran in his blood and something that he wanted to do since he was a child. Shriners Hospitals for Children — Twin Cities is thankful for your support, Billy.

Billy as a patient at Shriners Hospital Billy standing with his cousins in their fezs

Pictured (top-right): Billy Dalke

Pictured (bottom, left to right): Billy as a patient at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Twin Cities; Jeremy Berger (left), Christopher Strong (middle) and Billy Dalke (right)