The Shriners Hospitals for Children – St. Louis touched Ericka’s family in a profound way. She was born with a club foot and was fortunate that her case was referred to the Shriners. She received treatment and multiple surgeries on her foot for five years. Finally, when Ericka was five years old, she had her last surgery. Those first few years were a trying time for the family, but they would have been many times worse had it not been for the staff at the Shriners Hospital. When Ericka was born, her parents were told that she wouldn’t be able to do much more than walk. Well, our Ericka did much more than that until her untimely death. She participated in cheerleading, sports, dance and anything else that struck her fancy!
Therefore, when determining a fundraising focus for The Ericka Wade Foundation, what better cause than to give back. So since its inception in 2012, EWF has raised over $72,000 for Shriners Hospitals for Children – St. Louis. In March 2013 Shriners broke ground on a new and improved Children’s hospital facility in St. Louis which includes 12 inpatient beds, three surgical suites and 18 clinical examination rooms. It features enhanced space for its clinical research center for metabolic bone diseases and a space dedicated for collaborative research with Washington University School of Medicine. The facility also includes free accommodations for patient’s family members. EWF pledged to raise $50,000 in support of the new facility and Shriners commitment to pediatric orthopedics. As a result of our commitment, on May 17, 2015, during the new facilities dedication, Shriners christened one of the 12 new inpatient rooms forever as the Ericka Wade Foundation Inpatient Room! And we are thrilled to announce that in December 2017 that pledge was exceeded. So the Ericka Wade Foundation has now pledged another $15,000 to help defray the costs for clubfoot patients for surgeries and prosthetics! To learn more about Shriners Hospitals for Children, please visit https://donate.lovetotherescue.org/ErickaWadeFoundation.
We would like to thank everyone that has supported us over the last six years and now we need your support more than ever as we make good on our pledge to Shriners and children in need of orthopedic care. You can pledge your support anytime by donating below through Paypal or by participating in our Annual 5k Family Fun Run!
Thanks again and God Bless!