June 4th, 2017 - ERIE, Pa - A little bit of rain didn't stop a big celebration at Shriners Hospitals for Children in Erie.
It was an afternoon of stilt walkers, face painters, Disney princesses, therapy dogs, and much more.
Shriners Hospitals for Children in Erie went all out for their 90th anniversary celebration, which proved to be a success, as hundreds came out for the occasion.
Shriners Hospitals nationwide provide orthopedic, burn, spinal cord injury, and cleft lip and palate care to children under 18; regardless of a family's ability to pay.
"We have a unique mission that we share with the community and with the region and we're very proud to be able to do that."
"I met one little girl who is so thankful to Shriner's Hospital, that she started her own fundraising initiative to give back."
"I want to make sure that they keep doing that for other kids."
Emily Mellish, 11, was born with spina bifida and severe scoliosis.
"Other doctors just wanted to cut away my leg... they wanted to amputate it."
Shriners Hospital surgeons were more optimistic, opting to straighten and lengthen her left leg instead.
"And they gave me a lift, I used to walk on a lift this high of a shoe! And now I can walk with one this high."
She undergoes bi-annual surgeries to lengthen a rod in her back.
In 2012, while recovering from a surgery, she began making bracelets.
"All kinds of charms! Any charm you can imagine!"
Five years, and thousands of bracelets later, Emily has raised more than $75,000.
She donates 100% of her proceeds directly to Shriners Hospitals for Children.
"I wanted to give back to them for all the surgeries that they paid for."
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