By Milt Helmer
In many respects he is your typical eight year old boy who loves Legos, T-ball, swimming, bike riding and video games.
But Nicholas Wahl, the only child of Jeremy and Ashley Wahl of Boyceville, has the distinction of not only being helped by the Shriners Hospital for Children®, but also comes from a family whose father was also a patient at the hospital.
Young Nicolas was born with a forked thumb, meaning he had a growth next to one of his thumbs. That was removed at Shriners Hospital for Children® in the Twin Cities when he was 2 years old. The surgery was successful and he goes back to Shriners once a year to make sure the ligaments are healing properly.
His father and his younger brother were both born with a spinal condition which left Jeremy with a club foot. His younger brother succumbed to complications of the condition, and Jeremy was treated at Shriners. He had been in a brace since 5th grade.
Jeremy and his wife Ashley knew what the hospital had done for them, so they were very pleased to have their son receive treatment at Shriners.
Wahl was raised to a Master Mason on April 8th, 2015 and became a Shriner on May 30. Jeremy said, “I’m proud to be a Shriner and convey my appreciation for the Shrine and being able to be part of such a great organization.” He added, “And to being able to give back for all they have done for me and my family and countless others.” He further added, “That’s probably the best way to express why I became a Shriner.”