Shirley Hopkins had one reason to thank the Philae Shriners, but now she has 25,000 more.
The Sackville New Brunswick woman’s winning ticket in Shriner’s annual raffle could have turned into a new car she drove off into the sunset with, but instead she chose the $25,000-cash option, something she plans to enjoy with her husband, Jim.
Jim, she revealed, is living proof of the Shriners dedication to helping children.
“He was in the Shriners hospital for two years in Montreal with tuberculosis of the spine,” Shirley said. “He went there every year until he was sixteen.”
Thanks to the Shriners support, her husband received state-of-the-art care beginning when he was three and was featured in a scientific journal of the day as his treatments improved with technology and research.
“He’s one of the few cases that never came back or any other problem of the spine, which is a tribute to you [Cumberland Shrine Club] folks, because I know you support that,” Shirley said.
Tickets for the draw were sold all over Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. The Cumberland Shrine Club sold Shirley her winning ticket.
Shriners Hospitals for Children are a network of 22 not-for-profit hospitals across North America.
Past Potentate and president of the Cumberland Shriners Harold Farrow funds raised through the draw will support these hospitals and the care of local patients accessing them.