NORWAY - Larisa Zanon-Kelly, who will be entering seventh grade at Norway-Vulcan Schools, is giving back to the Shriners International.
More than 320 young people in the Upper Peninsula travel to Shriners Hospitals in Minneapolis, Chicago and Cincinnati for treatment in the specialties of orthopaedics, burn care, spinal cord Injury, and cleft lip and palate, regardless of a family's ability to pay.
Larisa, daughter of Mike Kelly and Lia Zanon-Kelly of Norway, has been receiving orthopaedic care for more than two years and wants to give back to an organization that has helped her so much. Shriners from the Dickinson and Delta County regions have helped with her travel expenses.
From left, are Norway-Vulcan students Baily Zahn, Hanna Chrisman, Larisa Zanon-Kelly, Tyler Bengtson and Mary Slagle with pop tabs being collected to raise funds for Shriners International.
Larisa is trying to collect 2,000 pounds of pop tabs, which could generate as much as $10,000 with matching contributions. The money raised will go towards the purchase of a custom wheel chair for a Shriners patient, as well as the travel fund.
Drop-off locations for pop tabs include WJNR Radio, 212 West J St., Iron Mountain; Blackstone Pizza in Norway and Iron Mountain; and Crossroads (Church) Alliance on O'Dill Drive in Norway.
Larisa has already received assistance from her schoolmates, family and friends, Grace United Methodist Church and Bethany Lutheran Church in Norway, Lions Clubs, J.R.'s in Florence and Thirsty Whale in Norway, among others. She has also written letters to a number of celebrities for help.
Larisa lives a very active, normal life, playing softball, singing and playing the flute. She hopes one day to become a veterinarian or minister.
More information about the Ahmed Shriners is available by calling 1-866-535-2766.
Cash donations for the travel fund may be sent to International Shriners, P.O. Box 136, Quinnesec, MI 49876.