Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California was heralded as a dream come true when it opened its doors on April 14, 1997. Since then more than 70,000 children have been accepted for care — all becoming part of a tradition of caring that began when the San Francisco Shriners Hospital opened in 1923. Many patients who began care in San Francisco, continued their care at our hospital in Sacramento, which has added new programs and services to meet the unique medical needs of children throughout our region. Now, it is time to look back on the past 20 years and imagine what the next decade will bring.
On Saturday, October 21, we invite you to join us in celebrating our 20th anniversary. It is our way of saying thank you for making care a community affair.
Where Care Is a Community Affair themes our Community Day celebration, a family festival that promises fun for all ages. Activities are free and open to the public and include:
WHEN: Saturday, October 21
TIME: 11 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
WHERE: Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California, 2425 Stockton Boulevard, Sacramento (On the grassy area behind the parking garage.)
- SunShrine Hospital Tours: In this special exhibit, children are invited to tour the SunShrine Hospital where they will get finger casts, dress in surgical gowns, paint with syringes, meet Pet Therapy animals and much more.
- Wheelchair Sports: Access Leisure and Paralympic Sports Sacramento are coordinating wheelchair softball, tennis and basketball demonstrations. Counted among those participating in the games are patients and former patients of the Northern California Shriners Hospital.
- Community Exhibits: Sacramento firefighters, the California Highway Patrol, Ronald McDonald House, Bohart Museum of Entomology, the Sacramento Philharmonic, and the Fire Fighters Burns Institute are among the community organizations sharing activities and information.
- Games & Entertainment: Local bands, choirs and dancers will perform on the event stage throughout the afternoon. Fezzy, the Shriners Hospital mascot, will be joined by other community mascots, Star Wars characters, Spiderman and other superheroes, who will pose for pictures and bring smiles to kids of all ages.
WHEN: Saturday, October 21
TIME: 10 a.m.
WHERE: Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California, 2425 Stockton Boulevard • Sacramento, CA 95814
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We are grateful to the following community partners for joining in our celebration:
- Sacramento Philharmonic
- California Highway Patrol
- California State Parks – PORTS (Parks Online Resources for Teachers & Students)
- Firefighters Burn Institute
- Galena Street East Productions
- Ponderosa High School Choir
- UC Davis Bohart Museum of Entomology
- City of Sacramento – Access Leisure/Paralympic Sport Sacramento
- West Sacramento Fire Department
- 501st Legion & R2D2 Builders
- Ben Ali Shrine Band
- Mason the “Antique” Fire Truck
Shriners Alumni Stories
Sarah was born with a left palm that was a third of the size of her right one and was missing all five fingers. She became a patient of Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California when she was 1, and underwent two reconstructive surgeries. Read more »
Courtney dreamed of becoming a model when she was a girl. At the age of 10, she developed scoliosis. Her doctor said to wait and watch. Around the age of 13, Courtney grew six and a half inches in one year. The rapid growth spurt progressed her disease so severely, it gave her a pronounced hump, a swayback and a spine that was so twisted it pushed out her ribs and pressed on her lungs. Read more »
Dulce was 16 years old the first time she came to Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California. It was December 2001. Third degree burns covered her face and hands. The life-threatening injuries were caused by a kitchen gas leak that triggered an explosion and fire that destroyed her family’s home in Nogales, Mexico. Read more »
Born with a right arm that did not extend below the elbow, Tal Oppenheimer faced a childhood of frequent medical appointments. But she reflects on all those visits to Shriners Hospital for Children — Northern California fondly and with much appreciation. Read more »