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Elgin Elks to host free clinic for uninsured children

ELGIN – The Elgin Elks Lodge, in cooperation with the Illinois Elks Children’s Care Program and Sherman Hospital, will sponsor a free orthopedic diagnostic clinic for children with no health insurance on Nov. 5 at Sherman Hospital, 1425 N. Randall Road.

The clinic will be conducted from 2 to 5 p.m. by Dr. Vincent P. Cannestra of Orthopedic and Spine Surgery Associates. Cannestra has worked with the Elks program for several years, conducting free clinics four times a year for children up to 21 years old.

All diagnostic services, including X-rays, MRIs and other tests, are paid for by the Elks. Financial assistance for treatment of a diagnosed problem may be available through the Elks.

This clinic is especially for children who complain of frequently occurring leg, knee, hip, shoulder, back or wrist pain. The clinic also is for children with diagnosed or suspected back curvature, or who seem very clumsy or fall frequently.

The clinic is by appointment only. Appointments may be made by contacting the Elks program at 800-272-0074 from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Family doctors are welcome to refer children to the clinic, but no referral is necessary to obtain an appointment.

The Illinois Elks has focused on helping physically challenged children for 84 years.

Each year, the 73 lodges of the fraternal order raise about $500,000 to support their efforts throughout the state. The charity conducts no public fundraisers and does not seek or accept government funding.

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