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Director of Communications: McKay Heim, (214) 559-8300, mckay.heim@tsrh.org
Senior Communications Officer: Manny Mendoza, (214) 559-8580, manny.mendoza@tsrh.org
Communications Officer: Taylor Pass, (214) 559-8395, taylor.pass@tsrh.org
Communications Officer: Jacqueline Baer, (214) 559-8352, jacqueline.baer@tsrh.org

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Latest Rite Up Magazine – 2014 Issue 2

Our latest Rite Up Magazine, the hospital’s quarterly newsletter, has been released. Take a few minutes to catch up on the latest news and events at TSRHC. Click to view magazine. Issue Highlights Include: Our cover story, Opening Doors, introduces you to Emily, who was born with cerebral palsy, a disorder that affects muscle tone, [...]

TSRHC Expands to Frisco

Recognizing the need for a patient access point in the fast-growing northern suburbs, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children is building a new ambulatory care center in Frisco! The new facility, located on 40 acres at the corner of Lebanon Road and the Dallas North Tollway, will initially serve outpatients with clinic visits and day [...]

TSRHC Unveils Renovated Allan Shivers Park!

After months of construction and a $1.9 million renovation, the beautifully redesigned Allan Shivers Park reopened in June and is officially available to be enjoyed by all patients and families who visit TSRHC. The redesign replaces the park’s 22-year-old structures with multiple state-of-the-art play areas and adds a sidewalk along Welborn Street that complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. “Not [...]

TSRHC Patients Give Back – Summer 2014

At TSRHC, we are very lucky to have generous friends that support the hospital’s mission to treat patients regardless of the family’s ability to pay. But what is truly special is when these generous friends happen to be patients. Here are three recent and unique stories about our patients giving back to TSRHC! Crawfish for [...]

Crayon Club to Host Educational Evening on Thursday, August 21

Join TSRHC’s Crayon Club for an inspirational Educational Evening on Thursday, August 21. Enjoy a very special presentation from TSRHC Chief of Staff Daniel J. Sucato, M.D., M.S. Dr. Daniel Sucato has been on staff at TSRHC since 1998. He serves as Director of the Sarah M. and Charles E. Seay/Martha and Pat Beard Center [...]

TSRHC Welcomes Dr. Amy L. McIntosh to Orthopaedic Staff

Dr. Amy L. McIntosh, who was an assistant professor of orthopaedics at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine and a 2006-2007 orthopaedic fellow at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC), joined the TSRHC medical staff on August 1. A native of Gladstone, Michigan, in the Upper Peninsula, McIntosh graduated summa cum laude from Central Michigan [...]

Santa visited patients at annual “Christmas in July” celebration

Patients at TSRHC received a dose of holiday cheer in the middle of the summer at the annual “Christmas in July” event! On Friday, July 25, TSRHC hosted the 15th annual “Christmas in July” celebration for patients and their families. Using their off-season transportation, Santa Claus and Ms. Claus arrived in a Dodge Viper to [...]

Local TV Station Spotlights TSRHC’s Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia

WFAA Channel 8 in Dallas recently visited TSRHC to interview doctors and patients about the internationally-recognized Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders. “Texas has been a leader [in dyslexia programs],” said Dr. Jeffrey Black in an interview with reporter Shelly Slater. “We have laws dedicated just to the problem, so that kids get [...]

TSRHC and JCPenney to host Seventh Annual Successful Bridges Show

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children and J. C. Penney Company, Inc. will host the seventh annual back-to-school style show at JCPenney’s headquarters in Plano on Friday, August 1. Twenty-six spina bifida patients, who are a part of TSRHC’s Successful Bridges Program, will get the chance to showcase the latest back-to-school fashions in hopes of [...]

KidSwing Raises More Than $90,000 for TSRHC

KidSwing Golf Tournament, a 9-hole, best-ball scramble for players ages 7 to 18 of all levels of golf ability, is a unique fundraising event that is incomparable. Unlike other charity golf tournaments, KidSwing is all about kids helping kids, and it’s about them having a great time doing so! There is no entry fee to [...]

Summer Colors – Silent Art Auction Benefiting TSRHC

Summer Colors, now in its sixth year, was an idea born out of passion for raising awareness about Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children; while also giving the Dallas community exposure to local up and coming artists. Jenny Grumbles, Loren Koziol, and Jill and Dupree Scovell founded Summer Colors in 2009 and have continued to [...]

TSRHC Doctor Awarded for Excellence in Clinical Medicine

Every year, a faculty physician from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas is awarded the Patricia and William L. Watson, Jr., M.D. Award for Excellence in Clinical Medicine. This year it has been awarded to nationally recognized Dr. Marilynn G. Punaro, Professor of Pediatrics and TSRHC’s Medical Director of Pediatric Rheumatology. This [...]

2014 Holiday Card Artwork Contest

The holiday season is just around the corner and TSRHC needs your help creating cards for hundreds of people to enjoy! Each year, TSRHC patients and friends are invited to participate in the annual holiday card artwork contest. Use your imagination to draw and design any kind of holiday artwork – ornaments, candy canes, snowmen [...]

Courtney’s Story – Life After Scoliosis Surgery

Finding out you have scoliosis is scary, and for fifth grader Courtney Walker, it was no different. Born with a competitive nature, she had many aspirations to play sports in school, particularly basketball. Each of her sisters grew taller than her mother, and she had the same goal. Finding out she had a curve in [...]

Kids Help Create Mobility Test for TSRHC

Children attending a summer camp at the Dallas Zoo have been helping researchers at TSRHC develop a mobility test to measure the functional ability of young amputees. The test has been available for adults for a while: the Comprehensive High-level Activity Mobility Predictor (CHAMP) was designed by the military to monitor the progress of veterans [...]

Participate in ALON’s “Load the Code” to help give back to TSRHC!

Want a chance to win a new Ford F-150 4×4 pickup truck? TSRHC is so excited to be one of the charities chosen for ALON’s “Load the Code” program this summer! Through this program, TSRHC will have the chance to win part of the $100,000 that ALON is donating to local charities. By following these [...]

Two TSRHC Patients Win Prestigious Tommy Tranchin Award

This year’s winners of the Tommy Tranchin award have been announced, and we’re proud to report that two out of the six recipients are TSRHC patients. The two winners, Alexander Milner and Drew Walton, are young men who embody the heart and spirit of the award—neither one lets a disability get in the way of [...]

Crayon Club to Host Character Breakfast

TSRHC’s Crayon Club is hosting the second annual magical meet-and-greet experience complete with more than 20 favorite children’s characters (ie: super heroes, team mascots and princesses) on Saturday, June 28 from 9 a.m. – 11 a.m. The event will feature breakfast, an autograph session, silent auction, face painting and other activities. Tickets are: Child Ticket: $15 Adult Ticket: $25 Table [...]

Talk of the Town Benefiting TSRHC

The Rays of Light Foundation will be hosting The Talk of the Town fundraising event benefiting Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, along with Texas Ranger’s Baseball Foundation, The Dallas Stars Foundation, The Alzheimer’s Association – Greater Dallas Chapter and Temple Emanu-El Foundation. In this first of its kind event, friends of TSRHC can have [...]

Emily’s Story – Chapter Two

Patients with scoliosis are treated at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children all the time, but TSRHC patient Emily’s case is different. Her scoliosis was already extreme at a very young age, forcing her to make TSHRC like a second home. She became well known around the hospital for her happy spirit and you may [...]

TSRHC Patients Compete at UCO Endeavor Games

Post by TSRHC Prosthetist Amanda Brown, CPO, LPO June 5, 2014 kicked off the 15th annual UCO Endeavor Games where athletes gathered from around the world to participate in Paralympic Sporting Events. These games included track and field, swimming, wheelchair basketball, sitting volleyball, archery and many more.  All ages were welcome and among the many participants [...]

Swinging Into Action: TSRHC’s Learn to Golf Program

Saturday, June 7, TSRHC held a Learn to Golf clinic in Denison, Texas. The Learn to Golf Program is a way for TSRHC patients to receive therapeutic treatment while also having fun learning to golf with other patients who share the same passion. Learn to Golf was launched in 1998 by the hospital’s therapeutic recreation [...]

Sculpture Artist Hosts Workshop with TSRHC Patients

Starting June 13, Alan Barnes Fine Art is curating their first local artist sculpture exhibition. Showcasing only local Dallas artists, the exhibition entitled “exposition de sculpture locale” benefits TSRHC. The show will be hosted by Lottie Minick, a metal, mosaic and fused glass artist. She curates and participates in the “Friends of Lottie Sculpture garden [...]

Achieving His Goal: TSRHC Patient Scored Trip to Super Bowl

At age 4, TSRHC patient Tyler and his twin brother, Sterling, met former Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware at a public appearance near their home. The boy’s mother, Cindy, distinctly remembers Tyler, who was born missing the lower portion of his right arm, asking Ware for more than an autograph that day. “Tyler said, [...]

TSRHC Celebrates the 16th Annual Farm & Ranch Day

TSRHC hosted the 16th annual Farm and Ranch Day celebrating Texas agriculture and its importance in our everyday lives on Saturday, May 17, at Reverchon Park. The community, TSRHC patients, families, friends and staff participated in a mix of fun, hands-on activities featuring various aspects of Texas agriculture. Organizations who are involved in this event:  Dallas County [...]

Spider-Man Surprises TSRHC Patients

  With great power comes great responsibility…. And today, that responsibility was simply putting a smile on the faces of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) patients. TSRHC patients, on their way to Child Life and their regular physical therapy appointments, were surprised to see three Spider-Man characters rappelling down the side of the [...]

Crayon Club Kicks Off the Year with Annual Crawfish Boil

Are you looking for a way to get involved with Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children? We invite you to learn more through our young professionals group, Crayon Club! Crayon Club was established to unite individuals dedicated to improving the lives of children. Together, through volunteerism, education and philanthropy, Crayon Club supports the mission of [...]

Introducing the new Rite Up Magazine!

“We are excited to unveil an updated Rite Up design that features bigger, bolder photos and graphics, and more content to better highlight our amazing patients, our extraordinary friends, and our dedicated medical, research, administrative and support teams. As always, our Rite Up goal is to keep you well informed about news and items of interest at TSRHC.” – Robert [...]

The Power of Young Hope: inspiration from a youthful amputee

Sometimes, it’s the adolescents around us that show us how to truly live a successful and happy life.  No matter what barriers they face, young people have a way of showing us how to overcome.  This is certainly true of Emmy, a young amputee who doesn’t let anything get in her way. Finding Hope at [...]

Accessible Luxury Event Benefiting Texas Scottish Rite Hospital

Accessible Luxury is a fashion-focused event benefiting Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. This year’s event took place on Friday, April 11th, and once again, it was a success that will be remembered throughout the coming year! Fashion, Food & Fun! With themed rooms from the Maserati Man Cave to the McLaren Moonlight Room, guests [...]

Allan Shivers Park Renovation Update

Construction on the Allan Shivers Park renovation has begun and the vision of a new, beautiful park is coming to fruition. The entire park, not just the playground, is being renovated. This includes a new gazebo, as well as an ADA compliant sidewalk along Welborn Street and at the park entrance. The original play equipment, built [...]

TSRHC to Partner with Rotary Club of Dallas to host 13th Annual Bike Rodeo & Child Safety Day

The Rotary Club of Dallas will partner with Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children to host the 13th annual Rotary Club of Dallas Bike Rodeo & Child Safety Day this Saturday, April 12 at 10 a.m. The Bike Rodeo & Child Safety Day gives children from around the Dallas community the opportunity to learn about safety [...]

Karen Apple, a True Hometown Hero

In the movie “Pearl Harbor,” Jimmy Doolittle states, “there is nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer.” If this is true than there is nothing much stronger than TSRHC Volunteer Karen Apple’s heart. She has been volunteering at the hospital for over six years after retiring from technical sales with IBM. A culture of [...]

Local Superheroes Visit TSRHC Patients

Batman and Superman paid a visit to TSRHC’s pediatric orthopedic patients recently. The patient’s faces were filled with surprise at the sight of the masked crusader and the man of steel, but instead of fighting crime, the superheroes were equipped with toys and comic books. Many other superheroes filled the halls of Texas Scottish Rite [...]

The Cotton Patch Café Challenge is back!

Take The Cotton Patch Café Challenge and support the patients at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children through the Cotton Patch Cares Program. Participating in The Challenge is simple. From February 24 to April 6, 2014, participants may make a gift to TSRHC through The Challenge, and Cotton Patch Café will give each participant a free [...]

Sonny Bryan’s to Host “It’s in the Sauce” Competition – Purchase Tickets Online

Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse announced the line-up of culinary masters who will compete on Saturday, April 5, in the legendary barbecue restaurant’s first-ever ‘It’s in the Sauce’ competition, a flavorful fundraiser to benefit four local non-profit organizations. Chefs Dean Fearing, Dexter Samuel, Kent Rathbun, and Tre Wilcox will each create a one-of-a-kind barbecue dish using Sonny [...]

Friends of Reverchon Park, Community to Gather to Clean up Historic Reverchon Park

WHO: Friends of Reverchon Park City of Dallas Park and Recreation Department – West Region Councilman Adam Medrano, District 2 Jesse Moreno, Park Board, District 2 Dallas Police Department Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children staff and volunteers Arborilogical Services, Inc. WHAT: Community volunteers will join Friends of Reverchon Park, a nonprofit corporation established to [...]

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Selam, age 15 of Lewisville

About Selam: Selam, age 15 of Lewisville, Texas, is attending the Amputee Ski Trip for the first time. She is so excited because she has not seen mountains or real snow before. Selam was born in Ethiopia and was burned as a baby, resulting in the need to have her leg amputated. Texas Scottish Rite [...]

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Sarah, age 14 of Wylie

About Sarah:  Sarah, age 14, of Wylie, Texas has been a patient of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children since 2004. She has been a patient for two surgeries separating her webbed fingers, as well one on her amputated leg. Sarah loves meeting people at the hospital and making new friends.  On top of making [...]

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Mabeth, age 15 of Dallas

About Mabeth: Mabeth, age 15 of Dallas, Texas has been a patient at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children since July 2010. His journey to the hospital has changed his life, and his outlook, for the better. After an accident in 2010 severely damaging his right leg, a below-the-knee amputation was performed. His resilience was [...]

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Luke, age 14 of Dallas

About Luke: Luke, age 14, of Dallas, Texas has been a patient at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children since he had his right leg amputated due to bone cancer in 2012. The hospital has been a very special place to the Giddens family over the past few years. Luke is very excited for the [...]

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Lauren, age 14 of Colleyville

  About Lauren: Lauren, age 14 of Colleyville, Texas, has been a patient at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children since she was 6 months old. Lauren had a staph infection that affected the growth plates in her right leg, which led to the need for amputation. TSRHC has been a second home to Lauren and [...]

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Jonathan, age 17 of Spring, Texas

About Jonathan:  Jonathan, who goes by Yuri, of Spring, TX is 17 years old and has been a patient at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children since 2006. He was born with congenital limb difference in his arms and legs and wears a prosthetic leg. In addition to attending the Amputee Ski Trip last year, [...]

West Texas A&M Students Help Design New Prosthetic

Young, energetic students at West Texas A&M are making great steps forward in both their chosen field of engineering and in helping their fellow Texans.  A group of four students spent a full semester working on a prosthetic hand designed for patients with Symbrachydactyly (a common hand and foot disorder). The Idea TSRHC collaborated with [...]

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Hannah, age 15 of Mesa, Arizona

About Hannah: Hannah, age 15 of Mesa, Arizona, has been a patient at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children since she was 3 months old. Hannah was born missing part of her right leg, which sparked the need for a prosthetic.  Not sure what to do and very concerned about Hannah’s future, TSRHC has become one of [...]

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Gage, age 17 of Grand Prairie

About Gage: Gage, age 17, of Grand Prairie, Texas, has been going to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children since 1998. Being a patient at the hospital has been an incredible gift to him and his family. Diagnosed with cancer at a young age, Gage had radiation to his spine which resulted in scoliosis. After [...]

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Erika, age 15 of Wylie

About Erika: Erika Minich, age 15, of Wylie, Texas, has been a patient at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children since 2006. She had severe clubfeet as a child, which required amputation. Although nervous at age 8, Erika was ready to do the amputation because her sister is an amputee and she gave her the [...]

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Connor, age 18 of Keller

About Connor:   Connor, age 18 of Keller, Texas, has been a patient at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children since 2008.  He was born missing his leg due to Amniotic Band Syndrome. The hospital has been so wonderful to the Perry family. Prior to becoming a patient at TSRHC, Connor had 12 previous surgeries and [...]

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Cassandra, age 17 of Mesquite

About Cassandra: Cassandra “Cassy”, age 17 of Mesquite, Texas, is attending the hospital’s ski trip for her third year. Cassy has been a patient at TSRHC since she was five months old and wears a prosthesis on her left leg. One of the many reasons Cassy enjoys this trip is because she loves being outdoors. [...]

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Caroline, age 14 of Fort Worth

About Caroline: Caroline, age 14 of Fort Worth, Texas, is attending the Amputee Ski Trip for the first time. She is the only one in her school with prosthetics so she is very excited to spend the week with other kids that she can relate to and be herself around. Caroline has been a patient [...]

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Brian, age 18 of Dallas

About Brian: Brian, age 18, of Dallas, Texas, has been a patient at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children for the past 10 years. He was born with a condition that caused both of his legs to be amputated. TSRHC has changed Brian’s life and has given him many opportunities he never thought he would [...]

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Austin, age 18, of Leonard

About Austin:  Austin, age 18, of Leonard, Texas, has been a patient at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children since he was born. He was born with numerous challenges and underwent several surgeries on his hands and feet after birth, causing both of his feet to be amputated at a young age. He considers the [...]

Third Grade Student Publishes Book to Raise Money for TSRHC

As a seven year old with juvenile dermatomyositis (JDM), Emily Hough has accomplished more than most. While receiving treatment at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC), Emily had the idea to create sock monkeys for other children that were preparing for surgery. Emily’s condition is an autoimmune dysfunction that affects just 3 out of [...]

Local High School Students Visit Patients at TSRHC

Every once in a while we are fortunate enough to witness the results of wonderful acts of kindness performed by individuals around the world.  This holiday season was no exception with students from Williams High School in Plano, Texas visiting patients at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas. From One Child to Another [...]

Dallas Cowboys Touchdown with Kids at TSRHC

After a frustrating loss against the Green Bay Packers on Sunday, teammates were given the chance to put aside their pain and heal their spirits by a trip to the hospital.  The hospital visit wasn’t originally arranged for the benefit of the players, but for the children being treated for a range of medical difficulties [...]