When Cynda and Jeff Sanders of New Richmond took their 8-year-old daughter Payton Bahr to the emergency room that fateful day they thought she had just come down with something. As it turned out it, she was diagnosed with Scoliosis of the spine. An X-ray soon revealed her spine had a 25-degree curve, which if not corrected would only get worse. The course of treatment called for wearing a brace for the next two years. She had a hard time sleeping and the brace was very uncomfortable. She was even taken to an intense restorative boot camp for two weeks in Green Bay.
It is the biggest event of year for the St. Croix Valley Shrine Club of western Wisconsin. The little East-West Shrine Game was held Saturday, Oct. 7, at the new David Smith Stadium at Ramer Field in River Falls and featured a battle between UW-River Falls and No. 9 UW-Platteville. The cool and rainy weather did not dampen the spirit of Homecoming week at UWRF and the Shriners who combined to present not only the football game, but also the famous Potentates banquet and a special dinner for the Falcon football team.