Undefeated world champion MMA star, Daniel Puder and ‘Dexter’ star, Brando Eaton pay a visit to the children at The Shriners Hospital for Children -Los Angeles. Daniel started with an inspirational speech then began demonstrating his famous MMA moves and a few lucky kids even got the chance to practice the moves with Daniel! Puder and Brando Eaton also showed the kids what an MMA fight looks like in person by demonstrating a few of Puder’s infamous techniques.
Daniel was there to promote his anti-bullying initiative through self-esteem techniques to ‘knock out’ any form of bullying their life. Like any other kid Daniel was faced with bullying while growing up but stood up to it through his passion for wrestling. Daniel started a non-profit MyLifeMyPower, a resource for kids to learn more about and prevent bullying in their schools.
Who are the Shriners you may ask? Well we were lucky enough to get to talk to Michael L.Rodgers, Chairman- Board of Governors of Los Angeles Shriners Hospitals for Children
The Shriners are a group of Masons. One of the founders traveled extensively and liked the mid-Eastern theme, which he chose as the backdrop for the new fraternity they were founding, which focused on having a good time. This group became known as the Shriners, who later went on to build Shriners Hospitals for Children, their philanthropy. The membership requirement to becoming a Shriner is that you have to be a Mason and a good person. The Masonic motto is “We make Good People, Better People”
The Shriners truly are good people who take there time raising money ( and having a good time)through charity concerts, golf tournaments and much much more. The kids are accepted regardless of their ability to pay, giving them the HIGHEST quality of care. The boys and girls that we met, a lot of them having severe injuries/ailments were extremely happy to be in a family type environment. The hospital was immaculate and all of the staff were very friendly. There are twenty two hospitals across North America, and one thing is for sure; the Shriners are doing immeasurable good!