Masonic Lodge makes several donations

Red Bluff Vesper Masonic Lodge, of which several members are from Corning, has made several financial donations recently. Master Mark A. Smith, right, donates $5,000 to the Shrine Children’s Hospital in Sacramento for use by Dr. Andrew Hamilton, left, in his groundbreaking spinal regeneration research. The Tehama County Shrine Club donated an additional $2,000. When tadpoles lose their tails they can regenerate them, but they are regrown minus their muscles, nerves or spinal column. Dr. Hamilton has developed ways to manipulate various genes in such a way that his tadpoles now regenerate their tails complete with muscles, nerves and spinal columns. His exciting research results holds out real hope that in just a few short years kids, and adults, suffering from spinal cord paralysis can be restored to full mobility, said Lodge member Dean Cofer of Corning. In addition, the Lodge recently donated $1,000 to the Kelly Griggs House/Museum Association in Red Bluff and $1,000 to the Red Bluff High School Ladies Field Hockey team to help purchase uniforms and equipment.