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A million stories of hope and healing

Friday, December 19, 2014

Shiners Hospitals’ float, titled ‘A Million Stories of Hope and Healing,’ embodies the 2015 Rose Parade theme – “Inspiring Stories.” The float focuses on story books representing Shriners Hospitals for Children’s patient success stories. Each page depicts the realization of the hopes and dreams of a child, made possible by the encouragement and strength they found at Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Fezzy, the Shriners Hospitals for Children mascot and honorary member of the Shriners fraternity is present in the design as a symbol of comfort, closeness and joyfulness. Each page represents the dreams of a child who found encouragement and strength at Shriners Hospitals to follow their dreams and be who they want to be. It is the story of the more than one million children Shriners Hospitals has cared for since 1922.

Don’t forget to tune in on January 1, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. PST – 11 a.m. EST. The Shriners Hospitals for Children float is number 67 in parade order. Check your local listings for more information.

Meet our 2015 Float Riders

RJ Mitte, 22, Love to the rescue® Ambassador for Shriners Hospitals for Children. RJ is an award-winning actor best known for his role as Walter "Flynn" White Jr. on the AMC television series Breaking Bad. A former patient of our Shreveport location, RJ is an official spokesperson for our health care system and shares his message of accepting no limits to living with a disability through appearances on behalf of Shriners Hospitals, including the recent #cutthebull campaign against bullying. #CUTTHEBULL PSA
Joe Dertinger, 18, one of two 2014-15 national patient ambassadors for Shriners Hospitals for Children. Joe is an amputee. Born with an unusual condition affecting all four extremities, Joe underwent a series of surgeries when he was 15 months old. By the age of 5, he was heavily involved in downhill skiing and he hasn’t stopped since. He has won many medals in his sport and is now training for the Paralympic games. JOE’S STORY
Katie Ladlie, 16, is one of two national patient ambassadors for the health care system. She was diagnosed with a rare condition at a very young age, and years later made the brave decision to have her leg amputated to end the debilitating pain caused by her condition. Now she is happier and more active than ever; she practices sled hockey, track and swimming, and has found a new passion in public speaking. KATIE’S STORY

Alyssa Mercado, 13, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Los Angeles patient. Alyssa sustained burns on 40 percent of her body in 2006. After receiving initial care at our Sacramento location, Alyssa was referred to the Los Angeles location for reconstructive surgery. Today, Alyssa is a dedicated student and an ambassador for her hospital. She has participated in several activities, including the recent #cutthebull campaign against bullying. #CUTTHEBULL PSA
Dale and Cheryl Stauss, Imperial Potentate of Shriners International. Mr. Stauss is the highest-ranking Shriner in the world and also serves as the Chairman of the Board of Directors for Shriners Hospitals for Children. First Lady Cheryl’s fundraising program, a Journey of Hope, benefits Shriners Hospitals for Children.
Nicholas Thomas and Elaine Keza, Former Imperial Potentate and First Lady of Shriners International.