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Announcing the 2021 Virtual Haunted Walk: October 24 – November 1

Meet our Haunted Walk event co-chairs

Announcing the 2021 Virtual Haunted Walk: October 24 – November 1

Ryan and Brooke Otis, representing Anah Shriners, Bangor, Maine

Ryan and Brooke Otis have a long and active history with the Shriners. Ryan has been a member of Anah Shrine since 2006, is an active Divan member and has served on the Boston Shriners Hospital’s Board of Governors since 2017. Ryan’s grandfather, father and brother are all Shriners, and he grew up in a culture of philanthropy and fraternity. The tradition continues with Ryan and Brooke’s three sons: Thatcher, Jedsen and Archer, who all contribute in some way to support the pediatric patients at the Boston Shriners Hospital.

Residents of Belfast, Maine, and owners of a family-friendly restaurant and catering business, Ryan and Brooke are well known and have many generous supporters in their community. Always looking for a way to give back, the Otis family donates part of the proceeds from the restaurant’s beverage sales to the hospital, and hosts several fundraisers throughout the year to benefit the Boston Shriners Hospital. The proceeds from their signature golf fundraising event, the Rollie’s Open, will support the 2021 Virtual Haunted Walk. Rollie’s Open is slated to take place on June 14, 2021 at the Waterville Country Club.

In addition to helping to run a successful business, contributing many hours to their philanthropic endeavors, parenting and juggling the kids’ sports obligations, Brooke is the Clerk of the Waldo County Courts. Ryan and Brooke have inspired others in their community and Shrine Center to pay it forward. The Boston Shriners Hospital staff is encouraged and delighted to have them as our event co-chairs this year. To learn more about the Otis family, check out their team profile, Rollie’s, on the Virtual Haunted Walk website.

Ryan McDonald, past Patient Ambassador

Ryan McDonald has come full circle and it is with immense gratitude and enthusiasm that he is co-chairing the Boston Shriners Hospital’s 2021 Virtual Haunted Walk. In his early teens, Ryan was badly injured in a fire and became a patient at the Boston Shriners Hospital. He knows first-hand the importance of excellent and accessible care after a life-changing accident.

Ryan suffered second- and third-degree burns across his chest, arms and hands when his clothing caught fire in a bonfire accident on the beach. His injuries resulted in a two-week inpatient stay at the Boston Shriners Hospital undergoing multiple procedures, and several years of outpatient care and rehabilitation.

Now 27, Ryan looks back on his time at the hospital and recalls it as a life-changing experience – not because of the pain he endured – but from the perseverance he witnessed from other young patients and the unbelievable love and care every patient received from the doctors, nurses and volunteers.

After his accident, finding himself with loss of full mobility, Ryan started to play badminton in the backyard. This backyard play transformed into an annual fundraising tournament, with proceeds to benefit the Boston Shiners Hospital. Over the last eight years, Ryan has hosted and played in his tournament, which has grown to become a 100-plus person event with participants from across the country, all playing and raising funds to honor the team that cared for Ryan after his accident. To date, Ryan, with the support of his family and friends, has raised over $50,000 for burn care at the Boston Shriners Hospital.

Currently, Ryan works for a full-service commercial brokerage firm and resides in East Boston with his girlfriend and badminton partner, Kate Flanagin. This year he hopes to continue raising funds and awareness for the Boston Shriners Hospital by co-chairing this event. Check out Ryan’s team, Jager Invitational, named after his badminton tournament, on the Virtual Haunted Walk website.

For more information or to learn about sponsorship opportunities, please contact Carolyn Wahto, senior development officer, by telephone 617-371-4807 or e-mail cwahto@shrinenet.org.

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