The South District Elks Lodges, in cooperation with the Illinois Elks Children's Care Corporation, will sponsor a free children's orthopedic assessment clinic on Friday, Aug. 30 from 2-4 p.m. and is by appointment only.

To make an appointment, call the Illinois Elks Children's Care office at 800-272-0074 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. There are no charges for any services at this clinic.

The Elks will hold the clinic at the Marshall Browning Hospital, located at 900 N. Washington St. in DuQuoin. Dr. Alan Froehling from Mount Vernon will be the clinician.

No medical referral is necessary for the clinic, but physicians are welcome to refer patients to the clinic for a specific reason or second opinion. School nurses are welcome to refer children and families to the clinic.

The Elks Organization has been working with physically challenged children since 1928, and this is one of 16 clinic locations in Illinois.

The clinic is an ideal time to have a child reviewed for bone and joint development. If a child has feet pointing out or in, who complains of back, knee, leg, ankle pain or has a back curvature can be seen at this clinic. There is no charge for any diagnostic services at this clinic.

The Elks will provide financial assistance to their best of their ability for children needing further treatment or specialty equipment when the family lacks sufficient resources to do so.

In the past, the Elks have purchased therapy services, corrective shoes, braces, wheelchairs and augmentative communication devices to help children overcome a variety of physical challenges.

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