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Rainbow of Hope Winner Nickolas Przybilla

Friday, May 23, 2014

Rainbow of Hope is an award given each year to three current or former patients who are recognized for contributions they have made to their respective communities/schools and for overcoming life’s challenges. Simply put, they are what we consider to be role models in their community.

The Rainbow of Hope award program was started in 1998 by former board member, Bill Ash, representing Osman Shrine and Todd Anderson, former director of orthotics and prosthetics at the Twin Cities Hospital. Although both of these men have since passed away, they would take great pride in knowing the program continues to this day. The program has grown through the years and is now supported through the generosity of Osman Shrine Center.

Anyone may nominate a patient or former patient for this award – staff, Shriners, parents, teachers or anyone associated with the patient. An independent committee reviews all of the nominations and based on their recommendation, each year’s recipients are selected.

Rainbow of Hope Award recipients receive a monetary award in the amount of $1000 and their name is placed on the Rainbow of Hope perpetual plaque which remains on display in the main lobby of the hospital.

Nickolas Przybilla is one of the three winners for 2014. He is from St. Paul, Minnesota and is sponsored by Zuhrah Temple. Nickolas has been a Twin Cities hospital patient since the age of 4 when he attended one of our screening clinics. Now, at age 18, he has pretty much grown up in the Shrine system.

Nickolas has always been an eager learner and doesn't hesitate to share his love of learning with others. He has tutored high school students in math and currently mentors students in the area of robotics.

Nickolas goes to St. Paul College and is in the pre-engineering program. He is on the Dean’s List and was recently accepted into Phi Theta Kappa, which is an international honor society. He is also a student ambassador at school.

From a young age, Nickolas has taken the phrase “helping others” very seriously – not just for those around him but also on a more global level. He focuses on other people’s needs and has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity as well as Loaves and Fishes. While most kids live for their “allowance pay days”, Nickolas chose to donate his allowance to a South African church that provided care to people who are HIV positive. Nickolas has also helped renovate a school in Costa Rica.