Shrine Club helps Bluefield boy get treatment
By Blake Stowers Bluefield Daily Telegraph | Posted: Friday, January 9, 2015 4:35 am
  BLUEFIELD - The Beni Kedem Shrine Club of
Bluefield has been very helpful to a local family in the

Andrew "Drew" Whitt Creasy, 6, son of Amber Creasy of
Bluefield, has been fighting a difficult battle with
Rheumatoid Arthritis. With the support of the local shrine
club, Andrew has not had to fight this battle alone.

"They've helped my child, just think of how many more
they can help," Amber Creasy said.

The Shriners look out for sick children in our

"I mean it's just stuff they do for these kids and it goes
unnoticed," she said.

With the Shriners . . .

The local shrine club provided
transportation for the Creasys, who were
starting to struggle financially.

"I kept taking him to the hospital and they kept telling me there was nothing wrong.
But I knew there was something wrong with my child. A mother knows,
" Creasy said.

Andrew had initially been misdiagnosed with Synovial chondromatosis, but the Shriners hospital in
Lexington Kentucky found out during a surgery that he had Rheumatoid Arthritis.

"I don't know the specifics on Synovial chondromatosis, because I read one thing and my heart stopped
pretty much. It's little tumors, but I mean he hit his leg at my Dad's one time on a door frame and
swollen is not even the word to describe it
. Not something a mother wants to see because my twins were
healthy." Creasy said.

The Shriner's Hospital has been helpful to Creasy and her family.

"The Shriner's Hospital is amazing, I don't know how to explain it. It's all for kids. I mean if! can't get
his mind off the pain and the pain medicine wasn't working at 3 a.m.
, I'd take him down to the
recreational room, and even though he was in a wheel chair, he could still do everything. It
's just
amazing what they could do for the kids
," Creasy said.

The local shrine club provided transportation for the Creasys, who were starting to struggle financially.

It was making it hard on us (traveling to Kentucky to the hospital). It was hard fmancially, then we
found out
the Princeton-Bluefield Shrine could take us, and they started taking us. They stopped, they fed
, they loved on Drew. Drew loved that. I mean he felt special. One time the president of the shrine club
us and he took him to Chuck E. Cheese," Creasy said.

According to Creasy, Drew still has a battle to fight.

"Drew still has a long way to go, the doctors tell us that they don't know if Drew will ever walk normal
again. He still has pain
, very much so, but my faith, I know maybe he will walk normal again one day,"
reasy said.

According to Creasy, Rheumatoid Arthritis is a very painful disease.

"He would wake up numerous times at night just screaming in pain. He's lived in my bedroom for a year
w. I'm afraid he'll wake up and need me and I won't hear him," Creasy said.

Creasy praises God despite her family's struggles.

"Somebody told me the other day, every time I go down there, that I post on Facebook about how I'm
praising God for everything. Well I am. Cause what's all the pain and suffering good for if you don't
praise him, there's no glory in any of it," Creasy said.

"If it wasn't for Shriners, I think it would have been left as there's nothing else we can do for him. I
uldn't accept that," Creasy said.

The Creasy family is very thankful for the help that the local Shriners give and for the hospital in

"Andrew and I thank God for the blessing that he has given us, which is Shriner's Hospital for Children
in Lexington, Kentucky," Creasy said.

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