Shriners FezMobile reaches destination

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VICTORIA, B.C. - Almost two months after the Exceptional Care Odyssey made its pit stop in Truro, its 65-day journey came to an end.

The Shriners Hospitals for Children-Canada zigzagged across the continent in a 17,000 kilometre journey that began in Newfoundland and ended in Victoria, B.C., with a few stops along the way.

The odyssey saw a FezMobile make its way from coast-to-coast, including stopping in the United States, to bring attention to a new Shriners Hospital in Montreal that will treat children who have been diagnosed with ailments such as scoliosis, club feet, hip dysplasia and even cerebral palsy. During the journey, the Exceptional Care Odyssey team reconnected with Shriners patients in their hometowns and saw how treatment has helped in their lives.

The FezMobile stopped in Truro on May 22 at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre. Along the entire route, the FezMobile was plastered with stickers collected throughout the voyage.

Of the $130 million goal, as of Thursday, more than $115 million was raised to help make the facility a reality and fund a new $3 million research chair.

During the journey, the team collected stories from their patients. To view the videos, visit exceptionalcare4kids.com.

Organizations: Shriners, Shriners Hospital, Rath Eastlink Community Centre

Geographic location: Newfoundland, Victoria, United States Montreal Truro

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