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Dallas Marathon Patient Champion Spotlight: Omar, age 11 of Dallas

Since 2007, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children patients have helped encourage and cheer on the runners of the Dallas Marathon through the Patient Champion program. This program is a way to highlight some of the wonderful kids the marathon generously supports each year. This year, we are excited to introduce you to Omar!

OmarOmar, age 11, of Dallas, Texas, has been a patient at Scottish Rite Hospital for about one year. He was diagnosed with osteosarcoma and as part of his treatment underwent a left leg above-the-knee amputation. Omar is now in remission and has been encouraging everyone he comes in contact with as he fearlessly learns to walk on his new prosthetic.

Omar is strong, outgoing and loving. He enjoys drawing, playing video games, riding his bike and playing monopoly. Before his amputation, Omar played football and basketball, and he hopes to start playing again soon. Omar is excited to cheer on all of the Dallas Marathon runners in December!

We invite you to join our team of fundraisers on behalf of Patient Champions like Omar and all the patients of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children through our crowdrise page.

Watch a behind-the-scenes Facebook Live of his prosthetic fitting and one of his physical therapy appointments.

December: Max’s Moment to Shine

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Meet Max, age 9, of Arlington.

My Defining Moment:

Max’s mom, Virginia: TSRHC’s reputation gave us the confidence to adopt a child who had a prosthetic leg and hand differences.

My Moment to Remember:

We are always shown so much love and respect at the hospital. Our son is not just another appointment time or a number.

My Moment to Shine:

Max is a gifted artist. He was so excited when his drawing was selected as one of the hospital’s 2015 holiday card designs.

Give a Patient like Max a Moment to Shine – To support the hospital’s mission of giving children back their childhood, please call a TSRHC Development officer at 214-559-7650 or 800-421-1121, ext. 7650, or visit scottishritehospital.org/give.

Holiday Special Events Roundup

Learn more about some of the following special events taking place; full details are available on the events calendar.

Dallas Cowboys Holiday Visit

Members of the Dallas Cowboys team and cheerleaders have been visiting Scottish Rite Hospital patients since 1996. Their annual holiday visit will take place on Monday, December 5 at 9:30 a.m.

  • Scottish Rite Hospital Atrium
    Monday, December 05, 2016 | 09:30 AM

Dallas Stars Visit

Members of the Dallas Stars hockey team will visiting Scottish Rite Hospital. They will visit in the Atrium with our patients and play games and craft at various tables.

  • Scottish Rite Hospital Atrium
    Wednesday, December 07, 2016 | 01:30 PM

Dallas Marathon T-shirt Visit

This event is a special time for elite runners, Dallas Marathon board members, DPD officers and special guests to visit the hospital and pass out Dallas Marathon kid T-shirts to TSRHC patients. It is a wonderful opportunity for guests to see how the event proceeds are making a difference in the lives of our patients.

  • Scottish Rite Hospital Atrium
    Friday, December 09, 2016 | 09:00 AMFor more information about the Dallas Marathon, visit bmwdallasmarathon.com.

BMW Dallas Marathon

The 2016 BMW Dallas Marathon will take place on Sunday, December 11, 2016. BMW has announced that it will be the title sponsor for this year’s race. Since 1997, Scottish Rite Hospital has been the primary beneficiary of the Dallas Marathon. From 1997 through the end of 2015, the marathon has donated over $3.8 million to TSRHC.

Santa’s Texas Team Holiday Visit

Santa’s Texas Team, an annual holiday visit at Scottish Rite Hospital, is an organization dedicated to bringing happiness, goodwill and the Christmas spirit to children throughout the community. Santa and Mrs. Claus travel to the hospital in Bell Helicopter to spread holiday cheer and deliver toys to the children. Santa’s Texas Team will be coming to the Atrium after the landing for pictures and crafts with our patients and their families.

  • Thursday, December 15, 2016 | 01:30 PM

Dallas Marathon Patient Spotlight: Grace, age 14, of Lucas

Since 2007, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children patients have helped encourage and cheer on the runners of the Dallas Marathon through the Patient Champion program. This program is a way to highlight some of the wonderful kids the marathon generously supports each year. This year, we are excited to introduce you to Grace!

GraceGrace, age 14, of Lucas, Texas, has been a patient at Scottish Rite Hospital since 2014, when she came for treatment of scoliosis. Grace wore a brace for two years but hasn’t let it slow her down.

Currently in 9th grade, Grace is musically inclined. She plays piano and violin in the Allen High School orchestra and takes singing lessons. Grace enjoys swimming and giving back to her community. She has also been a member of the National Junior Honor Society since 8th grade and plans to go into the medical field as a pathologist.

Grace’s upbeat, outgoing personality makes her the perfect mentor for younger kids. She was a junior volunteer at Scottish Rite Hospital this summer and plans to return next year. Recognizing her mentoring qualities, Grace’s school district chose her for the PAL® Peer Assistance and Leadership program. She also teaches kindergarteners and first-graders at her church.

We invite you to join our team of fundraisers on behalf of Patient Champions like James and Matthew and all the patients of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children through our crowdrise page.

 

 

One year after a new ACL, our Sports Medicine MVP is shining!

Nate for eblast copyNate Rogers tore his ACL in his debut of junior league hockey for the Philadelphia Little Flyers a U19-elite team. Dr. Philip Wilson reconstructed his ACL and Nate took his rehabilitation and training seriously. One month after his return, he was named one of the “Stars of the Week” for the Eastern Hockey League. His recognition came after an amazing weekend of games scoring three goals. We asked this Richardson native a few questions and here’s what he had to say:

When did you start playing hockey?

I started playing roller hockey when I was 6 and ice hockey when I was 9.

What are your dreams for your hockey career?

My long term goal is to play professional hockey but for now my goal is to play NCAA college hockey next year.

Since this area is home for you, are you still a Dallas STARS fan?

Yes, go Stars!

What do you remember about your experience with Dr. Wilson?

Only good things, he really helped me not only to get back to where I was before but to actually be stronger once I fully recovered.

What was the hardest thing to overcome after your injury and surgery?

The hardest thing to get back after surgery is confidence.

What advice do you have for young, injured athletes?

The harder you work the easier it gets.

For information about injury prevention and pediatric sports medicine, please visit our website at scottishritehospital.org/sports.

Parent / Coach Relationships – Making the Most of the Next Season

If you’ve been a volunteer coach for several years, you’ve probably mastered a few things like practice schedules, game line-ups and bad weather communication. However, the challenge of dealing with tough situations can sometimes lead to early burnout in youth sports coaches.

Dr. Erica Force, Scottish Rite Hospital Psychologist, suggests, “When dealing with someone who disagrees, it is important to hear them out, and let them know you understand where they are coming from, while at the same time assertively communicating your concerns.”

To keep your focus on fun, here are some tips on approaching parents.

When there’s a problem

These suggestions may help you address a difficult relationship and turn it into a positive one.

  • Ask for a time to discuss concerns in a private setting.
  • Ensure that coach’s goals and parent’s goals are aligned or at least clear.
  • Allow the parent to clarify expectations of coach.
  • Share specific examples of concerns.
  • Review expectations of all parents and athletes.

Before there’s a problem

Here are some thoughts to consider as you gear up for the new season.

  • Plan a thoughtful agenda for your pre-season meeting.
  • Schedule a “Silent Sidelines Weekend” by teaching parents to give the athletes an opportunity to show off their skills without any instructions from the sidelines.
  • Encourage parents to learn about the sport.
  • Teach parents how to keep the post-game conversations positive.
  • Consider developing a player-parent-coach contract prior to the season.

Youth sports coaches have a wide variety of roles from organization to skills training. Young athletes count on their coach for these skills as well as modeling positive behaviors and teaching parents to be supportive. Over-involved parents may cause young athletes to participate in sports for the wrong reasons. We know these children are at risk of injuries and burnout which reduce their chance of making healthy lifestyle choices into adulthood.

For information about injury prevention and pediatric sports medicine, please visit scottishritehospital.org/sports.

 

Shelley L. Holden, Ed.D1*, Brooke E. Forester, Ph.D2*, Christopher M. Keshock, Ph.D3*, Steven F. Pugh, Ph.D. 2015. How to Effectively Manage Coach, Parent, and Player Relationships. The Sport Journal. http://thesportjournal.org/article/how-to-effectively-manage-coach-parent-and-player-relationships/

Dallas Marathon Patient Champion Spotlight: James and Matthew, age 13 of Plano

JamesSince 2007, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children patients have helped encourage and cheer on the runners of the Dallas Marathon through the Patient Champion program. This program is a way to highlight some of the wonderful kids the marathon generously supports each year. This year, we are excited to introduce you to James and Matthew!

James and Matthew, 13-year-old twins from Plano, received treatment for cerebral palsy and a seizure disorder, respectively, from the medical experts at Scottish Rite Hospital. These fun and energetic boys love their friendly medical team, as well as attending hospital events and eating the hospital’s famous popcorn.

James and Matthew love swimming, playing cards and listening to music. They both value helping others and serving their community. James is passionate about music, specifically rock, and dreams of becoming a professional cheerleader when he grows up. MatthewMatthew is the family funny man, who enjoys doing comical impersonations. When he grows up, he hopes to become a police officer in a K9 unit. James and Matthew are excited to support all the runners of the 2016 Dallas Marathon, including their dad and step mom.

We invite you to join our team of fundraisers on behalf of Patient Champions like James and Matthew and all the patients of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children through our crowdrise page.

Spine Experts Attend International Congress for Early Onset Scoliosis

The International Congress for Early Onset Scoliosis (ICEOS) is an annual meeting in which Scottish Rite Hospital has a consistent presence. The 10th annual ICEOS meeting took place in Holland on November 17 and 18. The conference brings together orthopedic surgeons and other medical professionals from around the world to discuss the challenging and complex characteristics of Early Onset Scoliosis.

Various research abstracts from the hospital have been selected to be presented from our doctors and researchers, including work from Dr. Brandon Ramo, Chief of Staff Dr. Dan Sucato, Assistant Chief of Staff Emeritus Dr. Charles Johnston, and researchers Johnny Zhang and Dong Tran, M.S. Representing the hospital are Drs. Ramo and Johnston, as well as research coordinator Dong Tran, M.S.

image1The ICEOS meeting is unique because of its primary focus. Early Onset Scoliosis (EOS) refers to a pediatric patient who is diagnosed with scoliosis under the age of ten. Cases can vary from severe to mild; however, it is a topic that is passed over in larger conferences. Dr. Brandon Ramo, medical director of ambulatory care at Scottish Rite Hospital and a member of the 2016 ICEOS faculty, states how important this meeting is for furthering the research of EOS. “The ICEOS meeting brings together a very small community of orthopedic surgeons and other physicians from around the world who are focused on a rare group of patients with tremendously complex, challenging disease processes,” said Ramo. “Since the condition of early onset scoliosis is a rare topic, it often gets marginalized or left out in larger meetings. This venue provides the opportunity for information sharing and presentation of research findings in a more intimate setting to a like-minded group of doctors dedicated to these unique patients.”

Like many of the other conferences that our medical staff attends throughout the year, ICEOS provides another opportunity for our doctors and researchers to present their work on an international stage. At this conference, a few of the research topics submitted by Scottish Rite Hospital include: effectiveness in casting of non-idiopathic scoliosis, the growth of the spine in a patient with EOS and curve progression in girls with idiopathic scoliosis. With Early Onset Scoliosis being the core of this meeting, it brings more discussion and groundbreaking innovation back to our hospital to ultimately give our patients back their childhood.

 

Most Valuable “Patient” Leads His Team to State Basketball Title

For the past four years, patient Darius, age 18 of Lancaster, has had his eye on a specific goal – the basketball goal. When he was a high school freshman, his mom surprised him with a basketball and hoop for their home. Darius practiced religiously and became a phenomenal shooter, despite having a congenital hand difference.

Darius“He was leery about trying out for his high school team,” says Darius’ mom, Sequilla. “He could shoot but he couldn’t always get a good grip to catch the ball.”

Darius made the Lancaster Tigers Basketball team and worked countless hours to overcome the obstacles his hand difference presented. He advanced to the varsity team as a junior and became a starter and team captain his senior year.

“Darius has been an inspiration and a strong leader,” says Coach Ferrin Douglas. “The team doesn’t even notice his disability.”

When the Tigers made the state tournament this past spring, he helped lead his team to a second consecutive state title and was awarded Most Valuable Player of the tournament. He was also named to the 2016 All-Tournament team.

“I could not sit down the entire fourth quarter,” Sequilla says. “I had tears in my eyes thinking about all he went through.”

“When they announced my name as MVP, I cried tears of joy,” Darius says. “It felt good to know that I had helped my team.”

Darius graduated in May and is now pursuing basketball at Texas A&M Prairie View.

“I told him, ‘God chooses people for different reasons. There may come a time when your story helps someone else,” Sequilla says.

Dallas Marathon Patient Champion Spotlight: Gianna, age 7 of Dallas

Since 2007, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children patients have helped encourage and cheer on the runners of the Dallas Marathon through the Patient Champion program. This program is a way to highlight some of the wonderful kids the marathon generously supports each year. This year, we are excited to introduce you to Gianna!

GiannaGianna, age 7, of Hurst, came to Scottish Rite Hospital for the first time when she was less than two weeks old. She was born with a congenital hand difference.

Because of the world-renowned care she has received from the hospital’s Charles E. Seay, Jr. Hand Center, Gianna enjoys pursuing her passion for music. She is a member of the Suzuki Strings program at her school, where she plays the bass. Science is another field of interest for Gianna, who hopes to be a science teacher someday. She is a pleasure to be around, and when she becomes a teacher she will undoubtedly create a caring, nurturing atmosphere for her students. When Gianna visits the hospital, she says the staff makes her feel special; and that’s undoubtedly how she will make the runners feel as she cheers them on at the Dallas Marathon!

We invite you to join our team of fundraisers on behalf of Patient Champions like Gianna and all the patients of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children through our crowdrise page.