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Wyoming Shrine Bowl  Donation Helps Fund New Radiology Equipment at Children’s Hospital

  • The 2016 Wyoming Shrine Bowl Game raised $33,000 for donation to the Shriners Hospitals  for Children
  • The  money raised  will  be used  to help fund new radiology equipment for the hospital that makes X-­‐rays safer for children by reducing radiation by up to 90 percent.
  • Shriners Hospital is a specialized children’s orthopedic hospital that treats 5,000 patients and performs 1200 surgeries a year, regardless of a family’s ability to pay

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CASPER-The 2016 Wyoming Shrine Bowl donation of $33,000 will help to fund the Shriners Hospital for Children’s new EOS Orthopedic Imaging equipment at the Salt Lake City location.

“We are thrilled to be able to offer this new technology to our patients,” MJ Miller, director of development for the Shriners Hospital for Children in Salt Lake City, said. “Many of our patients require multiple X-­‐rays a year, and now we can provide a safer, more effective method.”

 EOS Imaging allows for patients to receive 3-­‐D X-­‐rays while being exposed to up to 90 percent less radiation than traditional radiology equipment. The estimated cost for the new technology is $250,000. The hospital has currently raised $102,000.

Shriners Hospital for Children in Salt Lake City is a specialized orthopedic children’s hospital that performs 1,200 surgeries and treats 5,000 active patients a year, regardless of a family’s ability to pay.

Long-­‐term radiation exposure can be significantly reduced with the new imaging system. The hospital’s radiology department takes 30,000 X-­‐rays yearly. There are currently only 111 EOS machines in the United States and are the only 3-­‐D system capable of scanning patients in a weight-­‐ bearing position to reveal natural posture and joint orientation.

The annual Wyoming Shrine Bowl has raised more than $450,000 since the game began in 1974. The 2017 Shrine Bowl Game is scheduled for June 10.

For more information, contact Dawn Wright, Public Relations Manager, at dewright@shrinenet.org or visit The Shriners Hospitals for Children website.

In 1973 two Wyoming High School football coaches, Jerry Overton of Kelly Walsh High School, and Denny Brown of Byron High School started organizing an all star football game with the teams rosters being made up from Wyoming high school players who were gaduates of the current year.

Of the many obstacles they had to face to have this game come to fruition the most significant one was obtaining sponsorship for this game. They approached the Officers of the two Shrine Temples in Wyoming, Kalif in Sheridan and Korein in Rawlins. The Officers of the two Temples agreed to sponsor the annual game and thus the Shrine Bowl of Wyoming Inc., a non profit corporation was formed with the first annual game played in 1974.

The annual game is played the first week of June with a full weeks activities for the participants. The highlight of the week is the trip that the participants make to the Shriners Hospitals for Children - Salt Lake to visit the patients and physically see what the Shrine Organization does. For a video of the Salt Lake City Hospital visit for the 2012 game click here.

The weeks activities are at no cost to the participants and the profits of the game are sent to the Shriners Hospital to benefit the children who are not as fortunate as our participants.