Shriners Hospital Patients Meet Wounded Warrior Softball Team

Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California served a healthy helping of inspiration when the Wounded Warrior Softball Team (WWAST) joined patients and families for breakfast at the hospital. The breakfast was a “warm-up” for the 3:30 p.m. game at Raley Field in which the Wounded Warriors played the Sacramento All-Stars. The Sacramento All-Stars roster included former NFL linebacker Adrian Ross, KCRA Sports Anchor Michelle Dapper, and Sacramento Kings Announcer Scott Moak, to name a few.

The “warriors” were joined on the field by their breakfast buddies — eight orthotic and prosthetic patients who receive care at the Shriners Hospital in Sacramento.

“This is such an exciting opportunity for our kids,” said Melissa Grialou, manager of the Therapeutic Recreation and Child Life Program at Shriners. “Just being on the playing field at Raley Field is a treat in itself.  The opportunity to stand side-by-side with the Wounded Warriors is a true inspiration. The message the kids take away is that they, too, have the ability to do great things.”

The pediatric orthotic and prosthetic specialists at the Northern California Shriners Hospital produce more than 300 custom designed orthotic and prosthetic devices each month. Each device is custom designed and fabricated to meet the individual needs of each patient. Devices made at Shriners Hospital include prosthetic legs for sports, adaptive devices for aspiring musicians, scoliosis braces, club foot braces, and more.  Patients participating in the Wounded Warrior breakfast and softball game wear devices custom designed by the Shriners Hospital team.


Shriners Hospitals for Children is devoted to transforming the lives of children through excellence in treatment, teaching and research.  Located at 2425 Stockton Boulevard in Sacramento, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California provides care to children with orthopaedic conditions, spinal cord injuries, burns, cleft lip, scars from any cause and other complex surgical needs. Care is provided regardless of the family’s ability to pay. For further information call (916) 453-2000 or go online to


Media Contact:  Catherine Curran | Public Relations (916) 453-2218 |

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