Volunteers push Shriners Hospital patients along Bloomsday course




Posted on May 2, 2014 at 6:00 PM

Updated Friday, May 2 at 8:06 PM

SPOKANE, Wash. -- Patients at Shriners Hospital for Children will be pushed through the Bloomsday route by staff and volunteers Sunday.

Therapists at the hospital said Sunday’s goal is to get children outside and let them be kids.

Jesus, 16, has been exercising his legs during his physical therapy sessions. He made the trip from Mexico to get surgery on them two weeks ago. He puts all his energy into every step but his condition keeps him in his wheelchair.

On Sunday, Jesus will participate in his first Bloomsday.

A team of 60 staff and volunteers will help push him and eight other patients through the race.

It is an event one physical therapist said some kids do not think they are able to do.

“As a therapist we want our kids to be active in the community and do what other kids are doing,” said Physical Therapist, Shelley Nader.
Children are treated at Shriners Hospital for all kinds of joint and bone injuries. Matthew Cronin, 10, fractured his foot. It almost kept him out of this year’s race.

“I was really sad and thinking I couldn’t do Bloomsday,” said Cronin.

“Pushers” this year will help Cronin finish his sixth straight Bloomsday. In 2013, staff helped another group finish the race.

Nader said on Sunday, she is showing Jesus and Matthew that they can do what all the other kids can do too.