Learn more about Shaddai Shriners and the hospital network they support

BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WMBB) – You may have heard about the Shaddai Shriners in Panama City.

But do you know exactly what they do and support?

They are part of Shriners International, which is a worldwide fraternity made up of more than 200 temples or chapters.

The fraternity founded and continues to support Shriners Children’s as its official philanthropy.

Shriners Children’s started in 1922 in Shreveport, Louisiana. They treat pediatric orthopedics, burns, spinal chord injuries, and cleft lip and palates.

The hospital system has three locations in three countries. All care and services are provided regardless of the families’ ability to pay.

Tom Smith is the Travel and Hospital Coordinator for Shaddai Shriners. He helps get families to the necessary treatment at a Shriners Children’s hospital, free of charge.

“We pay for your travel there, there and back, we pay for your accommodations, and pay for your food while you’re there,” said Smith.

Smith said he is frequently asked how a child can become a Shriners’ child and receive treatment at their hospitals.

Smith recommended going to the hospital’s website or calling 800-237-5055 to see if their child is eligible.

Once a child is deemed eligible, Smith works closely with that family to make arrangements with getting them to the respective treatment center.

Smith said he can be reached at (850) 763-3802.

As a child, Smith received treatment at a Shriners hospital. The experience led him to become a Shaddai Shriner and help other families in what is typically a stressful or difficult time.

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