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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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Locations

Locations

Silent messengers are currently displayed in the following locations (listed by campuses then alphabetically):

Kosair Charities Sam Swope Centre
982 Eastern Parkway ,
Louisville, KY 40217

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Kosair Charities-East Campus
9810 Bluegrass Parkway ,
Louisville, KY 40299

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Kosair Charities-Shelbyville Campus
512 Main Street ,
Shelbyville, KY 40065

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Kentuckiana
1519 Gardiner Ln #B ,
Louisville, KY 40218

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Down Syndrome of Louisville
5001 South Hurstbourne Parkway ,
Louisville, KY 40291

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Family & Children’s Place
525 Zane Street ,
Louisville, KY 40203

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Frazier Rehab Institute/Jewish Hospital
200 Abraham Flexner ,
Louisville, KY 40202

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Green Hill Therapy, Inc. 
1410 Long Run Road ,
Louisville, KY 40206

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Home of the Innocents
1100 E. Market Street ,
Louisville, KY 40206

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Heuser Hearing Institute & Language Academy
117 East Kentucky Street ,
Louisville, KY 40203

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Kosair Charities Children’s Peace Center at Our Lady of Peace
2020 Newburg Road ,
Louisville, KY 40217

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Kosair Shrine Center (Buechel)
4120 Bardstown Road ,
Louisville, KY 40218

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Meredith Dunn School
Meredith Dunn School ,
Louisville, KY 40220

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Pitt Academy
7515 Westport Road ,
Louisville, KY 40222

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RIASOK Shrine Club
112 Poplar Drive ,
Elizabethtown, KY 42701

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Shively Area Ministries
4415 Dixie Hwy ,
Louisville, KY 40216

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Shriner's Hospital Lexington
110 Conn Terrace ,
Lexington, KY 40508

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Spalding University
845 S 4th Street ,
Louisville, KY 40203

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Sproutlings at Masonic Homes of Kentucky
3761 Johnson Hall Drive ,
Louisville, KY 40041

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St. Joseph Childrens Home (2)
2823 Frankfort Avenue ,
Louisville, KY 40206

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Summit Academy
11508 Main Street ,
Middletown, KY 40243

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University of Louisville
600 E Madison St ,
Louisville, KY 40202

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Uspiritus – Brooklawn Campus
Uspiritus – Brooklawn Campus ,
Louisville, KY 40218

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Visually Impaired Preschool Services (VIPS)
1906 Goldsmith Lane ,
Louisville, KY 40218

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Volunteers of America
1432 S Shelby Street ,
Louisville, KY 40217

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Volunteers of America - Recovery Campus
1025 South 2nd Street ,
Louisville, KY 40203

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