Shriners Hospital Screening

, Written by Lyle Ahrens, Posted: Thu, August 30 2012 at 4:16 PM, Updated: Thu, August 30 2012 at 4:59 PM

Kids will be screened for free treatment through Shriners Hospitals at a clinic this weekend in Klamath Falls.

89 year old Shriner Ward Friedman has been helping kids get treatment for more than three decades...

"Well, I've been doing it for over 30 years, and I have probably interviewed, and got 150 kids into the hospital."

The Shriners will be hosting a screening this Saturday in Klamath Falls to help out even more kids...

"We have doctors that will examine children for orthopedic defects, burns, cleft palates."  Noted Friedman.  "Anything that we can help."

The screening clinic will be held at Cascades East Clinic, next to Sky Lakes Medical Center.

Friedman stressed that all services are offered free of charge...

"There's no strings attached whatsoever."

Friedman says he's stayed involved simply for the satisfaction of helping a child.  And Friedman is modest about what help he's been able to provide:  "I'm just a Shriner."

But that means a lot to a kid that needs help.

The Shriners Hospital free screening clinic will take place this Saturday from 10:am to 2:pm at Cascades East.

About the Author

Lyle Ahrens

KOTI-TV NBC2 reporter Lyle Ahrens moved from Nebraska to Klamath Falls in the late 1970's.  He instantly fell in love with the mountains, the trees and the rivers, and never once regretted the move.

Lyle's job history is quite colorful.  He’s managed a pizza parlor; he’s been a bartender, and a “kiwifruit grader” at an organic orchard in New Zealand.  A Klamath Falls radio station hired Lyle in the mid 90's as a news writer and commercial producer.  In 2004, Lyle joined the KOTI/KOBI news operation.

Lyle notes with pride that he has a big responsibility presenting the Klamath Basin to a wide and varied audience.  "The on-going water crisis has underscored the fact that the people and the issues in the Klamath Basin are every bit as diverse as the terrain.  Winning and keeping the trust of the viewers, as well as the newsmakers, is something I strive for with each story".

When he's not busy reporting the news, Lyle enjoys astronomy, playing guitar, fixing old radios and listening to anything by Sheryl Crow.

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