Silent Messenger

The photograph you see is the “Editorial without Words”, now commonly called the Silent Messenger. This is a 1970 photograph taken at a Shriner’s picnic in Evansville, Indiana for medically challenged children. The photo captured a Shriner, Al Hortman, who stooped down and picked up, 5 year old Bobbi Jo Wright, along with her crutches, and carried her across a gravel parking lot.

Bobbi Jo was born with cerebral palsy, resulting in several orthopedic problems and multiple surgeries in a Shrine Hospital. The photo is brought to ‘life’ with statues reflecting the Shriner carrying a child. It symbolizes the Shriners mission and dedication to help children in need, and sits outside the 22 Shriner’s Hospitals throughout the United States and Mexico. Not including the 25 placed within our community.

The Silent Messenger stands as a lasting representation of the commitment that Kosair Charities has for our community and the children in Kentucky and Southern Indiana. These statues are strategically placed to denote those who carry our mission as well as received significant support from Kosair Charities.

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Silent messengers are currently displayed in the following locations:

Kosair Charities Sam Swope Centre
982 Eastern Parkway, Louisville, KY
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Kosair Charities-East Campus 
9810 Bluegrass Parkway, Louisville, KY 
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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana 
1519 Gardiner Ln #B, Louisville, KY 
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Down Syndrome of Louisville 
5001 South Hurstbourne Parkway, Louisville, KY 
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Family & Children’s Place 
525 Zane Street, Louisville, KY 
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Frazier Rehab Institute/Jewish Hospital 
200 Abraham Flexner, Louisville, KY 
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Green Hill Therapy, Inc.  
1410 Long Run Road, Louisville, KY 
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Home of the Innocents 
1100 E. Market Street, Louisville, KY 
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Heuser Hearing Institute & Language Academy 
117 East Kentucky Street, Louisville, KY  
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Kosair Charities Children’s Peace Center at Our Lady of Peace 
2020 Newburg Road, Louisville, KY 
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Kosair Shrine Center (Buechel) 
4120 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY 
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Pitt Academy 
7515 Westport Road, Louisville, KY 
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RIASOK Shrine Club 
112 Poplar Drive, Elizabethtown, KY 
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Shively Area Ministries 
4415 Dixie Hwy, Louisville, KY 
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Spalding University 
845 S 4th Street, Louisville, KY 
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Sproutlings at Masonic Homes of Kentucky 
3761 Johnson Hall Drive (off Frankfort Ave), Louisville, KY 
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St. Joseph Childrens Home (2) 
2823 Frankfort Avenue, Louisville, KY 
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Summit Academy 
11508 Main Street, Middletown, KY 
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University of Louisville 
On Hancock between Chestnut and Muhammed Ali, Louisville, KY 
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Uspiritus – Brooklawn Campus 
2125 Goldsmith Lane, Louisville, KY 
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Visually Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS) 
1906 Goldsmith Lane (off Newburg), Louisville, KY 
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Volunteers of America 
1432 S Shelby Street, Louisville, KY 
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