Thirteen-year-old Alyssa had cancer on her spine . Surgery to remove the cancer left her with the equivalent of a spinal cord injury . Through research , Alyssa and her family found Shriners Children ’ s Northern California and sought help . Because of the multi-disciplinary expertise and care she received , she ’ s able to move more freely and stand — and has even become a competitive athlete . Shriners Children ’ s helped open the world back up for Alyssa .
“ All the money we raise enables us to do something amazing ,” Anderson continues . “ We invest in the very best specialists in their fields who provide their services to all kids . Therefore , we offer the very best care available anywhere and a family ’ s quality of their insurance or ability to pay is not a factor .”
Shriners Children ’ s has been serving children for nearly 100 years . Today , the Northern California Shriners Hospital specializes in acute burns , pediatric surgery , spinal cord injury and acute rehabilitation as well as orthopedics , with some specialties serving all of western North America .
“ Our life-changing services look at the whole picture for each child with a variety of professional lenses coming together to contribute to the child ’ s patient care plan ,” Anderson says . “ Our specialists ensure the child and family are part of all decisionmaking for the best outcome and a bright future .”
“ It ’ s widely known that we accept all children in need of our specialty services , regardless of their ability to pay , but what ’ s not as well-known is that we ’ re one of the best-quality hospitals in the country as recognized by U . S . News & World Report ,” says Alan Anderson , director of development for Shriners Children ’ s Northern California . “ Many people wrongly assume that families primarily come to us out of need , but we ’ re often their first choice regardless of finances .”