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News Thursday, September 14, 2017

Addie collects 300 dresses for annual Shriners Hospitals for Children — Twin Cities prom

Addie of Saint Cloud, Minnesota, is one of this year’s Rainbow of Hope award winners at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Twin Cities. The prestigious award recognizes three current or former patients for the contributions they have made to their communities. Each winner receives a cash prize and their names are placed on the Rainbow of Hope plaque, displayed in the hospital’s main lobby.

Addie has had three surgeries for flat feet at the Twin Cities Shriners Hospital.This involved having her heels shifted, arches built with bone graphs, as well as her achilles and calf muscles extended. She was in a cast or boot for almost two years. “Six years ago I could not walk the length of a football field without stopping and ending up in tears,” she said. “After having both of my feet completely reconstructed by Dr. Noelle Larson I was able to complete a children’s triathlon!” Her mom Cheri says she takes on all challenges with an inspiring attitude. “She faces things head on and calls all her medial things bumps in the road. She never gives up as there are others worse off than her,” she said.

Now 18 years old, Addie is passionate about being a role model for younger girls and giving back to the community. Over the past four years, she has run a prom dress drive and collected over 300 dresses. One Saturday she even went on a 400-mile road trip to pick up dresses and paid for the gas out of her own money. The dresses are donated to the Shriners Hospital Prom, an event held annually for high school age patients. 

Addie graduated from high school this year and is excited about what the future holds. “If it was not for Shriners I would never be able to continue my education and pursue my dreams of being a nurse as my feet would not have allowed it,” she said. After receiving the care she did at Shriners Hospitals for Children, Addie hopes to become a nurse at one of the locations.

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Twin Cities is proud to honor Addie as a 2017 Rainbow of Hope Award winner. The Rainbow of Hope award program was started 29 years ago by former Board member, Bill Ash from Osman Shrine and Todd Anderson, former director of the orthotics and prosthetics department at the Twin Cities Hospital. Today, the program continues to grow, adding to the list of outstanding patients.