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UNITY THE WALSH COUNTY PRESS WEDNESDAY, ,JULY 25, 2018 Pase 5 By Allison Olimb of The Press FARGO, N.D. -- "I didn't know it was more than a game." When Taylia Bauer of Park River stood up in front of 600 people to share her story, it was a moment that wouldn't have been possible without Shriners Hos- pitals for Children. As a patient, she and three others were offered the chance to at- tend the 2018 North Dakota Shrine Bowl Awards Banquet on July 14 in Fargo and share what Shriners means to them. Her diagnosis came at a young age. The connection with Shriners would become life changing. "I have a lot of great memories. They're like my second fam- ily," Taylia said. "I'm very grateful. I wouldn't be walking without them." While sharing her journey with a room filled with complete strangers was hard, she now realizes how important it was. "I don't think they realized how much the Shriners does." After giving her speech, those words echoed in comments from those who fi- nally understood: "More than a game." The following are Taylia's words: "I guess you could say my story starts about nineteen years ago. I was born nine weeks early, on July 16, 1999. I weighed four pounds, four ounces, and was seventeen and a half inches long. My family first noticed that some- thing was different, when I first stood up, and could not stand flat-footed. I did not begin walking until two weeks before my second birthday. About this time, I was di- agnosed with spastic diplegic cerebral pal- sy. From there, I received numerous Botox injections and countless pairs of leg braces until the age of five. At the age of five, my doctor realized how severe my cerebral palsy really was and recommended that my family and I go to the Gillette Children's Hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota. Once we were there, my parents were told that if I did not re- ceive a dorsal rhizotomy procedure, I would be wheelchair bound by the age of eighteen. So, we found out about a screening Photos: Submitted Left: Taylia Bauer wearing her 11 man East Jersey at the ND Shrine Bowl on July 14 at Shanley High School in Fargo. Top Right: Tay signal. Because of the severity of the surgery, and the extensive therapy that came with it, my morn and I stayed at the hospital for six weeks. After this surgery, I was basi- cally a newborn baby. I had to learn how to sit up, crawl, walk and ride a bike. Everything that came naturally to you as a five-year-old, I had to learn to do. In the years that followed, I had sev- en more procedures. I had my hips broken and reset, heel cords lengthened four times, left tibia bro- ken and reset, pins and plates put in my knees and ankles, a scar revision, and the pins and plates taken out of my knees and ankles. As of today, I visit the hospital yearly for a check-up with my doctor, and to have new braces made. I will continue these visits until I turn 21. Because of the generous men that are a part of the El Zagal and Kem Shrine, all my expenses were paid. That includes all of the surgeries I had, the countless pairs of braces, gas money to drive back and forth to appointments, my families' meals while I was staying in the hospital, and hotel rooms for my par- ents. My family and I will never be able to thank you enough. There have been countless people that have been a part of this journey with me. First, I would like to thank my parents and sister for always being by my side, and never giving up on me. Thank you, GG, for the teddy bear that has been with me for every surgery and is still with me today, just like you are. I also owe Steve Johnson and Janelle OI- son a large thank you, for giving my fam- ily the information needed for the screen- ing clinic. I would also like to thank Dr. Dunn, Dr. Mielke, Chaz, Cassie, and Kim for their continuous support and loving hearts, ' while Iwas in their care at the hospital. It is because of the Shriners, their hos- pital, and all of you, that I am able to stand in front of you today." Taylia, daughter of Nona and Eric Hove, graduated from Park River Area High School in 2017. She currently is at- clinic at the El Zagal Shrine Temple, here visiting with an0ther"Shfine Irud," the 2018 Shrine Princess Emmala D0an. MiddleRight: 2018Shrine Princess Emmala D0an, Guest tending Mayville State University to in Fargo, to see if I was an eligible can- of Honor Taylia Bauer, Guest of Honor Zaeh Peterson, and 2018 Shdne Pdnce Jordan Sommeffeld. Bottom Right: Taylia Bauer pres- earn her degree in English education. di e a patient at41 ; u - ent8 herspeech atthe45th Annual North Dakota Shdne Bowl Awards Banquet. ' : When she turns 21 she no longer will Hos ita! be a'patient with Shriners, but they always This ishow myjourrtey with Shriner s ' would 6h inge foi:ever, zotomy; in this procedure, they cut open send brain signals to my legs, and then will be a part of her life. Shriners always began. Little did I know, that my life My first procedure was a dorsal rhi- my spine and exposed all the rootlets that they made tiny slits to lessen the brain will be" something more." appear in all 90 North Dakota and weekly newspapers - paper for detat s HELP WANTED is accepting application for a part- APARTMENT COMPLEX FOR THE CITY OF ROLLAis accepting time Math Instructor. Open until SALE BY WRITTEN BIDS. Four-8 applications for CITY AUDITOR. filled. For more information, please unit buildings & garages, Devils This is a full time position with an ex- see our website at Lake, ND, Complete prospectus cellent benefit package. 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