Jamil Shrine Center
Columbia, South Carolina

About Shriners

     What is a Shriner? What kind of organization attracts truck drivers, dentists, contractors, heads of state, movie stars, generals, clergymen and accountants? What is the Shrine?

        Someone might answer: Oh yeah, Shriners are those guys who always have those parades with the wild costumes and funny little cars.  Another might think of Shrine circuses and Shrine Clowns.  The fellow next to him might interject, No Shriners are the guys who wear those funny hats - like flowerpots - and have those big conventions.

        I  don't know about that, a passerby might add.  But I do know my little girl was born with club feet and now they are straight, and she can walk like anyone slse,  thanks to Shriners Hospitals for Children.

        She can walk?  questions still another.  I thought the Shriners ran those fantastic burn hospitals, I've read stories about them saving  kids with burns on 90 percent of their bodies. 

        All those people are right.  Each has experiened an aspect of Shrinedom.  What they cannot experience, unless they are Shriners, is the camaraderie, deep friendships, good fellowship and great times shared by all Shriners.  What they may not know is that all Shrines share a Masonic heritage:  Each is a Master Mason in the Freemasonry Fraternity.

        There are over 450,000 Shriners now.  They gather in Temples, or chapters, throughout .  There are 22 Shriners Hospitals for Children - 18 orthopaedic hospitals, 3 burn hospitals and 1 hospital that provides orthopaedic, burn and spinal cord  injury care.  These hospitals have cured or substantially helped more than 735,000 children since the first Shriners Hospital opened in 1922. 

    Children up to age 18 are eligible for care at Shriners Hospitals for Children.  If there is a reasonable possibility they can benefit from the specialized services available.  Call the toll free national patient referral line at 800-237-5055 in the United States or download an application for treatment online at www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org.  Acceptance is based solely on a child's medical needs.