MONTREAL, Sept. 25, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Today, the Concordia University Stingers, the McGill University Redmen and the Karnak Shriners announced that the 27th annual Montreal Shrine Bowl will be held at Concordia Stadium, 7200, Sherbrooke West, on Saturday, September 28th at 1:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend this family event to benefit the hospital. Tickets are $10 and are available at www.montrealshrinebowl.com and also at the door on Saturday.
This year's event King and Queen, Shriners patients Benjamin (12 years old) and Anamaria (15 years old) are excited to represent the hospital at the event and to watch the players in action. When Anamaria was born, she was immediately tested for osteogenesis imperfecta type 1 or brittle bone disease, which affected both her brothers Carlos and Ricardo. Although Anamaria has had seventeen broken bones since birth, it has been a full year since her last break. She still deals with back and knee pains and is seen in the physiotherapy department twice a year. At the age of 3, Benjamin couldn't walk on his feet; he would instead walk on his knees and crawl. He also had limited mobility on his upper body, couldn't balance himself and had trouble performing everyday tasks like getting dressed or holding a pencil. His pediatrician referred him to Shriners Hospitals for Children- Canada where he was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. He underwent a surgery called a selective dorsal rhizotomy and following that he participated in intensive rehabilitation, at the hospital for two months and at home. Today at the age of 12, he can walk, use the stairs, holds his pencil and plays sports.
Some statistics: The previous 26 Montreal Shrine Bowl games have raised over $851,000 in donations for Shriners Hospital for Children® - Canada, in Montreal and more than 4158 strong legs have been running to allow weak legs to walk. More than 16,000 hours has been devoted from the Shrine Bowl Committee over the years. Thanks to Concordia University for hosting the game over these 25 years.
About Shriners Hospitals for Children® - Canada
Shriners Hospitals for Children® - Canada is a leader in the treatment of musculoskeletal conditions and offers specialized orthopaedic pediatric health care.
Image with caption: "Shrine Bowl Queen, Anamaria, surrounded by both the Concordia Stingers and McGill Redmen (CNW Group/Hôpital Shriners pour enfants (Canada))". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130925_C4686_PHOTO_EN_31369.jpg
Image with caption: "Hospital patient, Carter, with the Concordia Stingers Quarterback, Reid Quest (CNW Group/Hôpital Shriners pour enfants (Canada))". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130925_C4686_PHOTO_EN_31371.jpg
Image with caption: "The McGill Redmen and the Concordia Stingers with Shrine Bowl Queen, Anamaria, visit patient Johnathan (CNW Group/Hôpital Shriners pour enfants (Canada))". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130925_C4686_PHOTO_EN_31373.jpg
Image with caption: "Hospital Patient Carter receiving special treats from both the Concordia Stingers and the McGill Redmen (CNW Group/Hôpital Shriners pour enfants (Canada))". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130925_C4686_PHOTO_EN_31375.jpg
Image with caption: "Shrine Bowl Queen Anamaria with mascots from the Concordia Stingers and the McGill Redmen (CNW Group/Hôpital Shriners pour enfants (Canada))". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130925_C4686_PHOTO_EN_31377.jpg
SOURCE: Hôpital Shriners pour enfants (Canada)
For further information:
Catherine Grace, Sports Information Coordinator, Concordia University
[email protected] 514-848-2424 ext.3862
Earl Zuckerman, Sports Information Officer, McGill University
[email protected] 514-398-7012
Gemma Bélanger, Information Officer, Shriners Hospitals for Children- Canada,
[email protected] 514-207-2267