The South District Elks Lodges, in cooperation with the Illinois Elks Children's Care Corporation, will sponsor a free children's orthopedic assessment clinic Friday, May 26 at Marshall Browning Hospital in Du Quoin.
The clinic will run from 2 to 4 p.m. and is by appointment only. To make an appointment, call the Illinois Elks Children's Care office at 800-272-0074 between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Mondays through Fridays. There will be no charges for any services at the clinic.
Dr. Alan Froehling from Mt. Vernon will be the clinician. No medical referral is necessary, but physicians are welcome to refer patients to the clinic for a specific reason or second opinion. School nurses are welcome to refer children and families to the clinic.
The Elks Organization has been working with physically challenged children since 1928 and this is one of the 17 clinic locations throughout Illinois.
The Elks will provide financial assistance to the best of their ability for children needing further treatment or specialty equipment when the family lacks sufficient resources to do so. In the past, the Elks have purchased therapy services, corrective shoes, braces, wheelchairs and augmentative communication devices to help children overcome a variety of physical challenges.