PADDLE ON… 2019
by Bob Danon
Danon Art in Frames
Paddle On... 2019, is a 300-mile solo-paddle around parts of the island of Crete, off the southern coast of Greece, to raise money for Shriners Hospitals for Children.
This is my third solo-paddle effort. The first one was in 2007 to raise money for Pediatric Cancer Research, at Children’s Memorial Hospital in Chicago. The second was in 2014 for Alzheimer’s of Greater Illinois. The third will be in August 2019 for Shriner’s Children’s Hospitals.
So why Shriners? As I get older, and in the natural order of things, I either know or hear
of more and more people who have become ill or have passed away. On the other end of that spectrum are the children who are born with birth defects, or have suffered debilitating injuries early in their lives. Newborns and young people, for the entire rest of their lives, had to start out in life being different… learning to understand, and to cope with being different. But are they really different?
Like many, the Shriners Hospital commercials have caught my attention. Yes, I have seen them numerous times during this past year, but of late I find myself mesmerized. I often sit there with tears welling up in my eyes as I watch Alec, Kaleb, Braelyn, and others not only get on with their lives, but show us their strength and endurance as they do so.
By the end of the commercial, the tears of sadness and concern have turned to tears of joy. For these young children who were born with what appeared to be debilitating, so-called “differences” have been given the kind of care that brings an astounding amount of normalcy to their lives. The surgical undertakings and medical care offered at Shriners are nothing short of miraculous. But there is so much more…
Whether a child’s surgery and care relate to their birth, an auto accident, a sports injury, or a serious burn injury, Shriners doctors, nurses and medical teams bring knowledge, devotion, strength, and hope into every room, to every patient and every patient’s family. A good deal of that care is working with each patient as they grow, helping them to understand that they aren’t different in the ways of the world. They are as good, and as equal to all.
For over 95 years, Shriners has helped over 1.3 million children! All of the funds I raise on my paddle will go directly to Shriners Hospitals for Children. I hope you will find it in your heart to make a donation of any size towards the research, care, support and wellbeing of the young. It really does touch all of us in one way or another, and I know that Alec and his friends would be forever grateful.
Thank you so much...