2017 – 2018 National Patient Ambassadors
2017-2018 National Patient Ambassador – Isabella Rose
From birth, Isabella had difficulty feeding and sleeping. Her parents, Roselyne and Tim, went from doctor to doctor seeking answers, but no one could identify a cause. As she grew, her parents became convinced that something was seriously wrong. Isabella’s speech sounded like she was whistling and she had ear and sinus infections constantly.
2017-2018 National Patient Ambassador – Emily Mellish
Emily’s mother, Joy, did not experience significant issues during pregnancy, but moments after Emily was born, that changed. Emily was rushed by ambulance to a hospital in a larger city only hours after birth, and spent her first two weeks in the NICU, where doctors gave her a complete assessment.
Acca Shriners are centered here in Richmond, Virginia; however, our membership stretches far and wide, including as far west as the valley, east into the northern neck, south towards the state line, and north to Fredericksburg. We are geographically dispersed while united in our primary purpose: supporting the Shriners Hospitals for Children system.