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TSRHC Patient Clayton Gives Back

In 2010, at nine years old, Clayton was diagnosed with dermatomyositis, an autoimmune disease. Clayton’s doctor immediately referred him to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. After four years of treatment, Clayton has recently been able to conclude the last of his medications.

Clayton Davis Donation_02Despite the devastating symptoms and treatment for his condition, Clayton remained uncommonly stoic. His selfless attitude was delightfully clear every night as Clayton began his evening prayer with an appeal to heal the other kids in the hospital.

Clayton recently decided, on his own, to help other patients by contributing his $100 birthday money to TSRHC. Clayton’s remarkable gesture inspired his family and family friends to multiply his donation by hundreds of dollars.  He has designated these gifts to be applied toward dermatomyositis research and sending several kids to one of TSRHC’s camps.

According to Clayton’s family, the TSRHC staff did an incredible job both treating his illness and caring for them as a family. The need to help these kids is great. But, with caring people like Clayton and so many others who have supported the TSRHC over the years, many more young lives can be impacted.

Clayton’s attitude and faith have been a profound inspiration to those around him. His family’s hope is that his mission and his inspiration will continue to spread making an even bigger impact in the lives of these young ones and their families.

Thank you Clayton for your inspiring attitude and for giving back to TSRHC!

Christopher Martin Painting Day

Addison Bryan, Jacob GianopoulousLast week, a group of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children patients participated in the annual Christopher Martin Painting Day. These patients rolled up their sleeves and worked together to create a work of art with a variety of shapes and colors onto a blank canvas.

Painting Group, Christopher Martin

 

Under the instruction of Christopher Martin, renowned Dallas artist, these kids painted everything from smiley faces and squiggles to hearts and flowers. Christopher then will touch up the masterpiece, highlighting the designs by the children and adding some definition with his own personal touch. The finished product is auctioned off each year at Treasure Street, TSRHC’s annual signature event, and is always a most-wanted item among attendees!

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For more information on Treasure Street, visit www.treasurestreet.com.

View a video highlighting this year’s Painting Day:

This Thursday is North Texas Giving Day!

Give us a hand to help our patients get ahead!  For one day only, a portion of your gift of $25 or more given to TSRHC online at https://www.northtexasgivingday.org/#npo/texas-scottish-rite-hospital-for-children will be matched.  Please join us in giving during North Texas Giving Day on Thursday, September 18th!

About North Texas Giving Day

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On September 18, 2014, donations can be made 6 a.m. to midnight to more than 1,600 certified nonprofits listed online. Donations $25 and above will be amplified by $2 million in bonus funds and prizes.

In just five years, North Texas Giving Day, powered by Communities Foundation of Texas, has pumped more than $60 million into the North Texas community. In 2013, Giving Day efforts generated more than 75,000 gifts totaling $25.2 million, benefiting more than 1,350 nonprofits.

Join in this year’s effort between the hours of 6 a.m. and midnight on Thursday, September 18. Make your online donation to TSRHC here! #NTXGivingDay

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital Welcomes 2014-15 Orthopaedic Fellows

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) is pleased to announce the arrival of the 2014-15 fellows from the Dorothy and Bryant Edwards Fellowship in Pediatric Orthopaedics and Scoliosis:

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L to R: Lise Leveille, M.D.; Franklin Gettys, M.D.; Megan Mignemi, M.D.; Kevin Smit, M.D.; and Lauren Lamont, M.D.

Franklin Gettys, M.D., received a B.S. degree in biochemistry and B.A. degree in chemistry at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia. He then earned a medical degree at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia, S.C. Dr. Gettys completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C.

Lauren Lamont, M.D., received a B.S. degree in biology at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif. She then earned a medical degree at New York University School of Medicine in New York, N.Y. and completed a residency in orthopaedic surgery at Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY.

Lise Leveille, M.D., received a B.S. degree in engineering, Division of Biomechanical Engineering and a B.A. degree in human biology, at Stanford University, Palo Alto, Calif. She then earned a Medical degree at University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C. and completed a residency in orthopaedic surgery at University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C.

Megan Mignemi, M.D., received a B.A. degree in History, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Alpha Theta from Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Mass. She then earned a medical degree and completed her residency in orthopaedic surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tenn.

Kevin Smit, M.D., received a B.S. degree in Biochemistry and earned a medical degree at University of Ottawa in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada.

TSRHC has been training orthopaedic physicians in multiple disciplines of pediatric orthopaedics since launching its fellowship program in 1978. Since then, more than 160 fellows have been through the rigorous program, many going on to become leaders at medical institutions around the country and the world.

The fellowship is part of TSRHC’s history of excellence that includes expert, compassionate care and leading edge research, making the hospital the perfect place for orthopaedic fellows to receive their advanced training.

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For additional information, visit our
Training Programs page on our website
or view the e-mag of our Fellows Handbook.

Amelia Earhart Visits TSRHC Patients

Amelia Rose Earhart, the youngest woman to fly around the world in a single-engine plane, visited patients at TSRHC on Monday. Earhart talked about her trip and handed out maps of the route.

RIC_1082The 31-year-old namesake of the famously missing flier was in town to meet with one of her sponsors, Dallas Airmotive. The aircraft repair company is also a hospital donor.

Earhart, a former traffic and weather reporter at the NBC affiliate in Denver, circumnavigated the globe this summer, beginning and ending the journey in Oakland, Calif., in a flight that her predecessor was unable to complete. They are not related.

RIC_1097“Being named after Amelia Earhart was really special for me,” she told NBC 5 News during her TSRHC visit. “Now it’s time to share that story with others and show that your name does not have to be Amelia Earhart, but you can go out and you can fly airplanes and have your own version of adventure no matter what that is.”

Join Us In Our Own Backyard: Treasure Street is October 16

Nothing brings together friends, families and neighbors like a backyard party, especially one that benefits the patients of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.

TS_TexasMonthlyAdWe hope you’ll join us Thursday, October 16, when we host a celebration as big as the great outdoors — the 19th annual Treasure Street, our signature fundraising event. Stroll the hospital grounds under the strands of twinkling lights, dine on fresh farm-to-picnic-table delights and dance under the stars. Let us treat you to sweet s’mores around a crackling fire and the hospitality of TSRHC, a world renowned pediatric orthopaedic hospital, right here, in your own backyard.

TSRHC is excited to have Janie & Judge Joe Ashmore as the 2014 Treasure Street Honorary Event Chairmen and Rick & Lori Ashmore Peters as the 2014 Treasure Street Event Chairmen.

As far as food and entertainment, Chef Kent Rathbun will serve as the 2014 Treasure Street Chef Chairman and the event will feature special live music entertainment by Emerald City Band!

2012-TreasureStreet-logoPurchase tickets online here.

RSVP and share the event with your Facebook friends! Stay tuned for more updates about this year’s event including auction items and special announcements!

 

TSRHC Hosts 10th Annual Dallas Sporting Clay Shoot

More than 200 supporters participated in the hospital’s 10th annual Dallas Sporting Clay Shoot at Elm Fork Shotgun Sports last Saturday, August 23. The event has raised more than $200,000 for patient care at TSRHC.

RIC_0616 4x3HAmong the participants was TSRHC patient Jace, a 15-year-old competitive shooter from Kingsbury who finished first among juniors at the event. Jace is one of the top shooters on the Texas 4-H circuit and has aspirations to make the U.S. Olympic shooting team. When a diagnosis of scoliosis threatened to sideline him, Jace received corrective surgery at TSRHC.

 

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Emily, a 9-year-old Forney patient who has created more than 200 handmade sock monkeys for TSRHC surgical patients through her Emily’s Monkeys program, also attended the clay shoot. In collaboration with Hatco, Inc., Emily donated two hats designed by the company to the event’s live auction, and her father, Josh, brought 24 shooters and dozens of volunteers to be part of “Team Emily.”

Former patient Daniel Massey

 

Former TSRHC patient Daniel Massey, 41, of Austin also participated in the clay shoot.  Born without arms or legs, Daniel is a role model for anyone facing adversity. You can learn more about Daniel in his patient story video on our YouTube channel.

 

 

Thank you to everyone who participated in this exciting event! For more information and photos from the event, visit www.tsrhc.org/clayshoots.

View a photo slideshow from the Dallas Morning News.

Bringing Comfort one Quilt at a Time: The Irving Quilt Guild

Patients in hospitals are usually getting all of the physical care they need, but another one of the most important elements of a successful recovery is comfort. A group of local volunteers known as the Irving Quilt Guild decided to make patients’ happiness their priority, and they’ve been making quilts ever since.

The History

In 1998, a few avid quilters decided to make use of their love for quilting, and started the Irving Quilt Guild.  Instead of simply quilting for fun, these active citizens started donating their quilts to three separate causes, and together they are improving the lives of many patients.

Today, the guild is made up of nearly 100 members, and they focus on three main projects:

  1. Baby blankets for newborns in need
  2. Quilts for servicemen and women
  3. Angel Quilts for the patients at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children

Angel Quilts

The angel quilt project focuses on cheering up young patients with colorful quilts to cuddle. The bright quilts liven up their hospital stay and bring happiness to children who have a lot to handle.

Each child receives their Angel Quilt after waking up from surgery, and it presents a memorable way to celebrate the exciting moment when these young patients are reunited with their parents.  Instead of the fearful memory of surgery, children are given a loving gift from a caring neighbor.

The guild has been able to donate 260 quilts, and with your help they can donate even more.  For more information visit their website and start comforting young patients today!

TSRHC Fits First Patient with Advanced Bionic Hand

TSRHC patient Miguel, age 18, of Garland, Texas, became the hospital’s first patient to be fitted with a revolutionary bionic hand, called the bebionic. He is also the youngest to receive the device in North Texas and one of only 350 recipients in the U.S.

Miguel Rizo - ptMiguel received the latest version of the device — the bebionic3, which took three years to create. The manufacturer, RSLSteeper, based in Leeds, England, describes it as the most advanced commercially available bionic hand in the world today. “One reason we chose this specific hand is because of its durability,” TSRHC prosthetist Steve Ronde explains.

The hand is expected to last three to four years and can bear 99 pounds of weight. Surface electrodes pick up signals to control the movement of the hand, which is equipped with complex software programmed for up to 18 different movements. This specialized prosthetic was funded by a gift from the 2013 Crystal Charity Ball.

BeBionic HandMiguel anticipates doing things he couldn’t do before being fitted with the new device. “Now I have no excuse not to write my essays,” he laughs. “I feel blessed and grateful to be the first one at Scottish Rite receiving this hand.”

**This article was featured in our 2014 Volume 2 Rite Up Magazine

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.

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Issue Highlights Include:
Our cover story, Opening Doors, introduces you to Emily, who was born with cerebral palsy, a disorder that affects muscle tone, movement and motor skills. Last summer, Emily launched a campaign called “Keep Calm Install Handicap Doors.” She sought to get automatic doors installed at her school, but little did she know that with determination her efforts would lead to the installation of 15 electronic doors across six school campuses.

Read about A Legacy of Giving in our Donor Spotlight featuring the Hatfield family. After their son, George Todd, was treated at the hospital, George Hatfield and his wife, Claudette, founded The George and Claudette Hatfield Foundation. Through this foundation, the Hatfield legacy of giving continues to support numerous charities, including Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.

And be sure to check out our Trustee Profile highlighting TSRHC Trustee Douglas S. Maxey. In addition to becoming a trustee in 2005, Maxey serves as board chairman of the Scottish Rite Learning Center of West Texas in Lubbock.  Find out how Maxey is leading with a vision and setting his sights on what’s best for the TSRHC patients.

You can also request to be mailed a copy of this quarterly magazine, please call the Public Relations department at (214) 559-7656 or (800) 421-1121, ext. 7656.