Shriners Hospitals Patients Bring Shriners to Tears and to Their Feet at the 2003 International Convention
MINNEAPOLIS, July 10 /PRNewswire/ -- At the annual Shriners International Convention this week, two young Shriners Hospitals' patients, Myranda Schneider and Dan Caro, thanked the Shriners for helping them live without limits brought on by accidents they endured as children. In front of more than 3,000 Shriners and their families, Myranda and Dan's moving stories were unveiled in the new patient success video "Without Limits." After the video, Dan and his bass player, Jonathon Stonbely, dramatically emerged from backstage with a full drum set and gave the Shriners a taste of his phenomenal drumming talent. Myranda ran to the stage from the back of the packed auditorium and threw autographed softballs to the audience. Shriners and Ladies gave these two youngsters a teary-eyed standing ovation. Twelve-year-old Myranda Schneider was only two years old when a typical day playing in the yard ended in tragedy. Her little foot got trapped underneath the blade of her father's riding lawnmower. She was taken to a hospital in her hometown of Salina, Kan., where doctors performed an amputation on her right foot at the base of her calf. Soon after the surgery, Isis Shriners stepped in and sponsored Myranda at the St. Louis Shriners Hospital, where she will receive prosthetics and expert medical treatment free of charge until she turns 18. With the help of Shriners Hospitals, her supportive family, and Myranda's own positive attitude, she excels in almost everything she does. She has never wanted people to think she can't do something because of her disability. "We never told her she couldn't do something," said Myranda's mother, Stacey. "Because she's proven to us that she can." Today, she is an outgoing seventh-grader, straight-A student and avid softball player. She is regarded as one of the best pitchers on her softball team, as well as an inspiration to both her teammates and opponents. "Myranda is such a special kid. After a while I could see that one leg wasn't going to hold her back," said Myranda's softball coach, Bill Weaver. Another Shriners' patient, Dan Caro, has also been called an inspiration. Dan's life changed drastically when he was two years old and severely burned when the pilot light of a hot water heater ignited gasoline fumes in the garage. He was transported from his hometown of New Orleans, La., to the Boston Shriners Hospital, where he received numerous reconstructive surgeries and treatments throughout his childhood. Aside from burns covering 70 percent of his body, Dan also lost his right hand and part of his left hand in the fire. In the early '80s, a special reconstructive surgery was performed on Dan's left hand, giving him use of a moveable thumb. The results of the surgery allowed Dan to do something he had always dreamed of doing: playing the drums. Dan uses the new thumb to grip one drumstick, and attaches a drumstick to his other hand by using wrist bands and rubber bands. "I would come home from school and practice and practice and practice," said Dan. "In the beginning, I wanted to prove to myself that I could conquer something extreme." Dan attended Loyola University on a music scholarship and won a spot on the coveted Loyola Jazz Orchestra. Today, at age 22, Dan performs in his own jazz band, called Brotherhood of Groove. His talent for the drums has been called nothing short of amazing. The Shrine of North America is an international fraternity of approximately 485,000 members who support Shriners Hospitals for Children. Shriners Hospitals for Children is a system of 22 of the most technologically advanced pediatric hospitals in the world, with an active patient roster of more than 188,000. Shriners Hospitals provide care to children under the age of 18 with orthopaedic problems, severe burns and spinal cord injuries, regardless of race, religion or relationship to a Shriner. All medical care and services at Shriners Hospitals are given at absolutely no charge. If you know a child that Shriners might be able to help, call the toll- free referral number at 1-800-237-5055 in the United States or 1-800-361-7256 in Canada, or visit our web site at www.shrinershq.org.
SOURCE Shriners Hospitals for Children
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