Shriners Hospitals for Children Sends Love to the Rescue at the 2014 Tournament of Roses Parade

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
2014 Rose Parade Float announcement    (Back Row) Tournament of Roses Court. (Front Row) Shriners Hospitals for Children – Los Angeles Patient Brock Waidmann, Tournament of Roses President R. Scott Jenkins and Al Malaikah Shriners. 

Dreams Come True for Patient Ambassadors Olivia Stamps and Brendon Wiseley thanks to innovative and family-centered care available at Shriners Hospitals for Children

(LOS ANGELES, Calif.) Shriners Hospitals for Children® is proud to participate in the 125th Annual Tournament of Roses Parade on Wednesday, January 1, 2014, in Pasadena, Calif. This year’s float entitled “Love to the rescue®” is a symbol of how Shriners Hospitals for Children restores childhood and makes dreams come true with its innovative and comprehensive pediatric specialty care.

The float will feature a 24-ft. bear which is proudly wearing the iconic Shriner’s Fez and a superhero cape, and embodies the philosophy that behind every child is a special place where hope and healing make dreams come true. Shriners Hospitals for Children is a place where love puts every child first and makes a hospital feel like home. It’s a place where love rebuilds a child’s confidence and keeps healing until a child is grown up. It’s a place where the strength of nearly 100 years of medical excellence creates the foundation for restoring childhood.

Established in 1922, the 23 Shriners Hospitals for Children provide innovative orthopaedic, spinal cord, burn and cleft lip and palate care, sending Love to the rescue to over one million children, regardless of the families’ ability to pay.

“Sending Love to the rescue every day is what makes our care different and what allows children to not only dream of a brighter future but to achieve,” said John A. Cinotto, Chairman of the Board of Directors for Shriners Hospitals for Children. “For nearly 100 years, our innovative care and ground-breaking research has made it possible for our patients to imagine – and realize – all of the things they can be and do.”

The theme of this year’s Tournament of Roses parade “Dreams Come True” is a reminder that extraordinary focus, unwavering commitment and belief in the probability of success can make the seemingly unattainable become a reality, a belief that holds true for Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Riding on the “Love to the rescue” float this year will be representatives from Shriners International and patient ambassadors Olivia Stamps and Brendon Wiseley, who know first hand what it’s like to see their dreams come true thanks to the exceptional care at Shriners Hospitals for Children.

Olivia Stamps was born with cerebral palsy, which affects her mobility. Olivia dreamed of getting her legs fixed so she could run with other kids. With one of the largest clinical movement analysis labs, Shriners Hospitals made Oliva’s dream come true.  At the age of 10 she now has a perfect walking gait, runs, dances, and bikes with her friends. Watch Olivia’s story and see how Shriners Hospitals transformed Olivia’s life and made her dream come true.

Brendon Wiseley was 7 and a junior car racer when he lost his leg in an accident involving a lawn mower. Shriners Hospitals for Children’s expert prosthetics staff helped his dream of getting back on the track a reality. Today he is 12 and is behind the wheel doing what he loves. Watch Brendon’s story and see how Shriners Hospitals restored his childhood.

For more information on Olivia’s and Brendon’s story, please read http://www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org/Press/2013_2014_Patient_Ambassadors_Announced.aspx

With the love, support, and exceptional medical care that Shriners Hospitals for Children provides its patients, every day a child’s dream of getting back to doing the things that all children want to do is made possible. See Olivia, Brendon, and the Love to the rescue float on Parade Day – January 1st, 2014.

For additional information on the Rose Parade, visit www.tournamentofroses.com.

For decoration volunteering opportunities please visit: http://www.petalpushers.org/res2/.

About Shriners Hospitals for Children
Shriners Hospitals for Children is changing lives every day through innovative pediatric specialty care, world-class research and outstanding medical education. Our 22 locations in the United States, Canada and Mexico provide advanced care for children with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate.

About the Tournament of Roses
The festival began in 1890 and features flower-covered floats, marching bands, equestrians and, since 1902, the Rose Bowl college football game, produced by the nonprofit Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association. The Rose Parade will be broadcast live in the U.S. beginning at 8 a.m. PST: ABC, NBC, Hallmark Channel, HGTV, KTLA-CW and Univision on Wednesday, January 1, 2014. Please check your local broadcast listings for more information.