July 18, 2015 

 

 

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2023 Montana East-West Shrine Game
Patient Ambassador
Gavin Devers

Gavin was born April 1, 2015, in Cleveland, Ohio at 40 weeks old. Around 11 months of age Gavin began to miss age-appropriate milestones. He couldn’t stand freely without holding on to something for support.  It was suspected that Gavin may have a physical disability, as there is a family history of Spinal Muscular Atrophy.  

At 15 months old Gavin received the diagnosis of Spinal Muscular Atrophy.  His parents were extremely proactive with Gavin’s care and before he could walk, he began weekly physical therapy appointments at the age of 18 months old.  At the age of 22 months old Gavin began to walk with SMO bracing! 

The summer of 2018 Gavin and his family moved from Ohio to Montana. Gavin’s grandfather suggested his parents give Shriners a call about giving Gavin an even higher level of care. On March 25th, 2019, Gavin went to Shriners Children’s Hospital in Spokane, WA for the first time. He has since made multiple trips to Shriners Children’s Hospital for care, ranging from multiple sets of braces to gait analysis.

Gavin is now 7 years old in 2nd grade in Dillon, Montana. Gavin’s level of care between Shriners and private physical therapy has changed his life. His parents were told that he would never run, jump and would have troubles walking but with the help of the Shriners he can do it all!!! He has never allowed anything to stand in his way physically. He absolutely loves to play sports and is a very active 7-year-old boy.

 


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The rosters for the 76th Annual Montana East-West Shrine Game will be announced on Christmas Day; stay tuned.  The game will be played June 17th in Butte, MT. The Montana Shrine Game is the premier all-star game in Montana and has a long history of distinguished players and coaches.  It is also one of the oldest high school all-star football games in America. Every year since 1947, Montana high schools’ finest players are selected to compete in a game to raise money and to help make the public aware of the expert orthopedic and burn care available at the Shriner’s Children's in Spokane, Washington.  Expert care is provided regardless of the family’s ability to pay. In recent years, the Montana game is the top high school Shrine Game in the nation for hospital donations. In the last ten years this game has raised over $1,000,000.  Forty of Montana’s finest are selected to compete on each team and two players from Canada will join them, one for the East and one for the West.  The game also features Cheerleaders from throughout the state who have met a high standard of excellence at their respective schools. 

The players & cheerleaders were nominated by their schools and coaches across the state, and finally selected as the “best of the best” to participate in the 76th Montana Shrine Game. They join an elite fraternity of players & cheerleaders, many of whom have gone on to distinguished collegiate and professional careers.

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