Shriner's Hospitals are a network of paediatric specialty medical care centres where children under the age of 18 receive highly specialized medical care free of charge. I was asked to travel with the Shriner's Child Care Coach, a specially equipped bus that regularly travels between Calgary and Spokane to transport children to the Shriner's Hospital for the medical treatment they couldn't normally get here in Calgary. Kyle Miller, a 15-year-old cerebral palsy patient, and 7-year-old Tyson Haase, who was born with a deformity in his left hand, regularly travel to Spokane in the coach which is retrofitted with everything needed to handle any medical situation. Patients have said that it is more convenient and comfortable travelling on the coach for seven or eight hours, than it is to travel by air for only two. This is Tyson and Kyle's story...
Miller steps onto the Shriner's Child Care Coach as he begins his journey to Spokane, Washinton for special medical treatment at the Shriner's Hospital. Miller has Cerebral Palsy.
Calgary Shriner Richard Sigurdson pilots the Child Care Coach with his teddy bear co-pilot.
Haase, 7, listens to music as he enjoys the smooth ride on the Shriner's bus.
The Child Care Coach stops for a break at a truck stop in Bonner's Ferry, Idaho.
The Child Care Coach parked outside the Shriners Hospital in Spokane, Washington.
Calgary Shriner Chief Rabban Malcolm Tolton takes his friends on a tour through the Shriner's Hospital for Children in Spokane, Washington.
Miller is examined by Dr. Lim, left while Kyle's mother Cheri Miller, right listens to the doctor at the Shriners Hospital for Children in Spokane, Washington. Kyle receives specialized care from Dr. Lim and the Shriners Hospital to help him manage the challenges of Cerebral Palsy.
Miller is custom fitted with a new night brace for his left hand by occupational therapist Jim King.
Occupational therapist, Carol Gauper, instructs Miller on the proper exercises he must perform regularly to help him manage the challenges of Cerebral Palsy.
Walter Haase sits in the waiting room area while his son Tyson plays in the play area as they wait for his appointment with the doctor at the Shriners Hospital.
Seven-year-old Tyson Haase sits in the doctors' examination room as he awaits his appointment with Dr. James at the Shriners Hospital for Children in Spokane, Washington. Tyson was born with a deformity on his left hand which left him with only a thumb and two fingers that were fused together. Surgeons at the Shriner's Hospital were able to separate the fused fingers giving the boy a thumb and two fingers with which he can function relatively normally.
Haase stays close to his dad, Walter Haase, just before his appointment with Dr. James.
Haase plays a video game in the play area as he waits for his appointment with the doctor at the Shriners Hospital.
Haase is examined by Dr. James, left, while Tyson's dad Walter looks on
Haase is examined by Dr. James at the Shriners Hospital.
Haase is measured and weighed by Cheryl Holder, a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) at the Shriners Hospital for Children.
Haase stretches out in his seat on the Shriner's bus as he travels back to Calgary.