Ferris HS senior's lifelong connection with Shriners Hospital

5th Annual Duck Waddle Race to benefit Shriner's Hospital for Children

SPOKANE, Wash. – The Fifth Annual Duck Waddle is scheduled for this weekend at Riverfront Park in Downtown Spokane. Proceeds from the 5K race will benefit patients of Shriners Hospital for Children in Spokane.

Shriners cares for children in our region regardless of their ability to pay. That is all made possible with the help of events such as the Duck Waddle.

Brooke Peterson is a Shriner’s kid and she has been since she was eight years old. Now, she is a senior at Ferris High School – and a cheerleader.

Being a cheerleader requires you to, well, go. It requires you to be active with stomps and claps. For Peterson, a skiing accident put her cheerleading on hold.

“I tore my ACL about nine months ago when I was skiing,” she said, “just fell down the mountain.”

Her cheer sisters knew how bad it was. They said when they heard she tore her ACL it was devastating because it meant Peterson would miss out on one of their biggest performances.

Peterson was sent to Shriners for surgery.

“Went and got an MRI, found out it was torn, from there we booked my surgery and from there it’s been nothing but recovery,” she said.

Peterson’s journey with Shriners first started when she broke both of her elbows when she was eight. Doctors discovered she had extra elasticity in her joints.

“I’m more likely to tear or break or do anything to my joints or muscles,” she said. “So I’ve gone through lots of shoulder, ankles, lots of injuries there.”

With that many injuries, you would think she would have just as many bills – but Shriners mission is to always help regardless of ability to pay.

It is why events like the Duck Waddle 5K Run are so important to organizers. They help raise funds and support families in need.

“Everything I went through there was paid for by Shriners,” Peterson said. “I didn’t have to pay for any of it. I would have never been able to do the run without Shriner’s.”

Peterson said it is awesome for the community to see how they have impacted lives such as her own.

“It really does work, miracles,” she said.

Check-in for the Duck Waddle opens at 11:00 a.m. at Riverfront Park, with the race beginning at 12:30 p.m. For more information, follow this link.

(© 2016 KREM)


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