Every year, Shriners Hospitals for Children selects two National Patient Ambassadors to represent the health care system’s patients. The new ambassadors are announced at our Imperial Session (annual convention). They spend the year sharing their stories of perseverance in the face of adversity, and the ways Shriners Hospitals for Children has made a dramatic, life-changing difference in their lives. Meet Lily and Riley, our two new National Patient Ambassadors:
Lily, age 18, from Paducah, Kentucky, was born with fibular hemimelia, meaning she did not have a fibula, the outer thin bone that runs from the knee to the ankle, in her right leg.
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.