Shriners Hospital gets 25K donation for new playground

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One couple is making a difference for kids at Shriners Hospital in Shreveport through a large donation and you can help too.

David and Teresa Disiere pledged $50,000 to make sure young patients can still enjoy childhood. Shriners Hospital for Children in Shreveport is excited and ready to build a new playground.

“All kids want to play on a playground whether your in a wheel chair or not. Whether you had surgery or not.  For them to have a safe space with the right accessible equipment is priceless,” said Brandy Mcintyre, mother.

Mycintyre’s daughter Matties was a patient at Shriners Hospital back in 2012. Mattie’s sister is in a wheelchair and will soon undergo surgery.

“It’s going to be really exciting because when I’m waiting for my sister to have her surgery. I can just go out there and we can watch the other kids have some fun,”said Mattie.

The new playground will cost $175,000 and accommodate children who use crutches or wheelchairs.
The David and Teresa Disiere foundation kicked off the fundraising campaign with a large donation and a pledge.

“We’ve donated 25-thousand today and we’re offering an additional 25-thousand dollars for people from the ark-la-tex to step up and support the hospital,”said David Disiere, Donor.

Hospital officials say the new playground will be used to make rehabilitation more fun for kids.
“We’re a special place where kids can be kids, so having a playground and basketball courts, and ping pong and things that makes kids able to be kids is really important to what we do,”said Jennifer Martin, Shriners Hospital.

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