Each year, Washington Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) partners with a local nonprofit for our community service project that is aligned with our State Business Leadership Conference (SBLC). As our members are on their Pathway to their Passions for SBLC they will also be supporting other youth in the community in having additional resources for the community service project.
However, this year the community service project is close to home as our very own Southeast Vice President, Parker Hollingshead, has received service from this organization for 15 years. This year Washington FBLA is supporting Shriners Hospital for Children in Spokane, WA as our community service project. Learn more about Parker's story below.
Shriners Hospital provides the highest quality care for a wide range of pediatric orthopedic and neuromusculoskeletal disorders and diseases. Shriners Hospital is light-filled, colorful and designed to put children and families at ease. Every member of their staff—from surgeons to therapists, nurses to orthotists—is focused on providing exemplary care that places the family at the center of the team.
As a 15 year patient to Shriners Hospital, Parker has been treated for Spastic Diplegia, one of the most common types of a disorder called cerebral palsy. Over the years, her treatment has included regular check-ups with specialty volunteer doctors, gate lab tests, some minor physical therapy, and two leg surgeries. When Parker was younger it was tough on the family as they had many unanswered questions until they took Parker to become a patient of Shriners Hospital. Her life has been shaped by her experience with this great nonprofit and her words say it best, "It didn’t matter if it was something as simple as being able to grab a free stuffed animal on my way out the door as a little girl, or explaining to me the necessity of some of the surgery that I have had done. Every step of the way, they are there to make sure you get the best treatment possible--both as a patient and as a person."
Patients who have the same situation as Parker's are not able to go to an everyday clinic, they have to see a specialist in cerebral palsy. During the entire process, Parker's family has not had to pay for treatments, checkups, or her surgery. The work they do at Shriners is not only well done but it's free. It's not only for children who are disabled but any child that is under the age of 18 and needs pediatric treatment or surgery can possibly receive assistance from the hospital. All that said, this is why Washington FBLA has chosen to happily partner with this organization for our 2016 community service project.
As a member of Washington FBLA, Parker has become a champion of the community from her local community to the state officer team. Through the skills she has learned as a member of her chapter as a next generation business leader, she has taken charge and made it possible for the members of the organization to stand together to support a noble cause and help those around them. If you would like to learn how you can support the 2016 Community Service Project then contact Parker Hollingshead at firstname.lastname@example.org