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Introducing the new Rite Up Magazine!


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“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 Walker, TSRHC President / CEO

Spend some time looking through the new layout. You will find:

  • Feature stories on recent updates at the hospital
  • Medical Updates: Learn about the latest technological and medical advancements from TSRHC’s world-renowned medical staff.
  • TSRHC Patients In the Spotlight: find out more about our patients and some of the inspirational things that they are accomplishing.
  • Donor Spotlights: TSRHC is so appreciative of all the support from hospital friends, volunteers and donors. Here you will find spotlights on some of these generous friends of TSRHC.
  • Trustee Profiles: A bio of one of the members of our governing Board of Trustees
  • Hospital Happenings: Photos from recent fundraising events benefiting TSRHC
  • Save the Dates for upcoming events and ways to get involved.
  • TSRHC Pioneers: take a trip down memory lane with our features on former board members or individuals who have made a difference in shaping the history of the hospital
  • Letters from our President/CEO Robert Walker and Chief of Staff Dan Sucato, M.D.
  • And much more!

Take a peek inside the E-Mag version of the magazine!

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.

The Power of Young Hope: inspiration from a youthful amputee

Emmy Raney

Emmy participated in the KidSwing Golf Tournament to give back to TSRHC.

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 TSRHC

Ever since she was a baby, Emmy struggled with problems in her left foot and leg due to nerve damage caused by spina bifida, a developmental disability.  But by the time she reached second grade, Emmy’s leg just couldn’t keep up with her spunky and active lifestyle.  So, she and her family decided to have it amputated at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas.

Since then, her amazing progress has astonished everyone around her, from the many doctors she worked with at TSRHC to her very own friends and family.  Emmy doesn’t see her new prosthetic leg as a crutch – rather, it’s her ticket to a happy and active life.

Now ready to enter middle school, Emmy continues to impress everyone with her can-do attitude and her hope for all the possibilities that lie ahead.  Not only was she just accepted to be a cheerleader for next year, but she also will be a member of the track team when school starts again in the fall.

Running Forward

To prove her grit, Emmy recently participated in her school’s 5K race.  Her older brothers and brother-in-law also signed up, to help her out along the way.  But, before the race began, Emmy thanked them for their offer and assured them that she could do this on her own. She just wanted to run with her friends, like any other middle school girl.

And that’s exactly what she did.  Emmy crossed the finish line, just a little more than half way through the pack of 400 race participants with a smile on her face and light in her eyes.  To her, it didn’t seem like a big deal.  But to everyone watching, she was a huge inspiration.

After the race, Emmy was presented with a plaque with a quote from Babe Ruth that couldn’t sum up her attitude any better: “You can’t beat a person who never quits.”

No doubt, Emmy will continue to conquer any challenges that she faces.  From track to cheerleading to golf, she plans to do it all.

Accessible Luxury Event Benefiting Texas Scottish Rite Hospital

TSRHCAccessible 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 were able to explore a variety of fashions, cars and local cuisine in support of the hospital and its care for Texas children.

Event chairs Pam Nurenberg, M.D., and David H. Ewalt, M.D. (pictured right), did an excellent job hosting this special evening at Park Place Premiere Collection in Dallas. Highland Park Village retailers such as Anne Fontaine, Beretta, Cole Haan, Five and Ten, Jimmy Choo, Lela Rose and Trina Turk were featured in the fashion show.

This year’s event also featured topnotch cuisine from local restaurants including Lombardi Family Concepts (Lounge 31, Taverna, Toulouse), Truluck’s, Sprinkles Cupcakes, Mr Mesero/ Mesero Miguel, Village Burger Bar, The Slow Bone, San Salvaje by Stephen Pyles and more!

Special thanks to everyone who supported this successful event! Visit our Facebook page for additional photos and to follow along.

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 in 1992, has been removed to make room for innovative and colorful, new play structures.

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“We are excited that the park renovation is officially underway,” says Don Katz, Facilities & Operations. “A lot of care and thought have gone into the plans and we are looking forward to seeing the finished product.”

Thank you for your cooperation as construction continues to take place. The new park, scheduled for completion in early summer, is sure to be a treat for allTSRHC patients, families and staff!

Stay tuned for more updates!

 

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

Abby Brewer - ptThe 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 in a fun, family environment. The Bike Rodeo & Child Safety Day is free of charge to all participants, so everyone is invited to come and join in the fun!

For those who are not able to make the event, here are some tips on Bike Safety:

Spring and Summer means kids are out playing everywhere. Running, jumping, biking, skateboarding – you name it. So here are some safety measures Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children suggests you take before the fun begins.

First of all, make sure everyone in the family who rides a bike has a helmet. The importance of this is obvious when you learn that 50,000 bikers suffer serious head injuries each year. And the fact is bicycle helmets could have prevented the vast number of these injuries. When buying a helmet, check that it meets safety standards by looking for an ANSI or SNELL approved sticker on the helmet or box.

If skateboarding or in-line skating is your kid’s preference, then they’ll need additional protective gear like knee pads, elbow pads and wrist pads, along with safety helmets. Remind children to stay on sidewalks and to obey traffic signals and signs. Reiterate how important it is to look both ways before crossing the street. Likewise, remind friends to be on the lookout for children on bikes and skates crossing the road. If everyone works together, we can share the road, avoid unnecessary injuries and enjoy a safe, fun-filled spring and summer.

Karen Apple, a True Hometown Hero

TSRHC Volunteer

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 volunteerism runs deep in her family from her parents to her devoted husband. While she still has fun and heads out on her Harley at times, she has logged more than 3,800 volunteer hours with Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.

So what drives her passion as an exemplary volunteer? She believes that giving back only brings her a sense of fulfillment and purpose in life. Even when she is simply handing out stickers, she knows that her job is helping children smile and ultimately heal.

Doing Your Part

While she volunteers multiple times a week, she also serves on the volunteer executive committee as well as the silent auction committee. Both of these groups help with donations to TSRHC.

Apple is all about getting the patients to their appointments and there is just nothing quite like seeing them after they have recovered. That is what has kept her coming back these past six years and she plans on serving just as much in the future.

For those who are interested in volunteering at TSRHC, there are a number of ways to be of service.  There is a weekday program which is there to help make the hospital’s atmosphere fun, friendly, and relaxing. There is also an evening program where volunteers set up activities.

If you are interested in volunteering, you can visit our volunteer page and find out more.

See the original story that aired as part of Clarice Tinsley’s Hometown Hero segment on Dallas’ Fox 4 here.

Photo Credit: Fox 4 News

Local Superheroes Visit TSRHC Patients

TSRHC VolunteeringBatman 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 Hospital for Children on Tuesday, March 11th. They joked with kids, read stories, and passed out toys, all part of fraternity Beta Theta Pi’s charity event, Heroes for Hope.

That’s right, these superheroes were none other than students from the University of Texas—Arlington, all there to put a smile on a child’s face.

TSRHC Volunteering

Helping Make a Difference

The act of visiting the patients and spending quality time with them is far more rewarding than simply sending money, said Connor McGee, Beta Theta Pi recruitment chairman, who dressed as Batman.

Patients greeted the superheroes with shouts of joy and excitement. After all, it’s not every day that superheroes come to visit.

Seeing the joy on the patient’s faces made it worthwhile for many of the superheroes. Several participants said the experience is one they expect to carry with them for the rest of their lives.

The Heroes for Hope philanthropy is an annual tradition for Beta Theta Pi, and in addition to TSRHC they visited Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth on Thursday, March 13th.

These fraternity brothers got to dress up as superheroes for a day, but their act of charity is really what made them heroic to the patients at TSRHC.

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.

Cotton Patch Cafe ChallengeParticipating 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 $25 gift card redeemable at any Cotton Patch Café location. Gifts should be made in $25 increments and must be designated for The Challenge in order to receive a gift card. For every $25 you donate to The Challenge (up to $1,000), your gift will be matched in $25 Cotton Patch Café gift cards, which will be sent in the mail within three to five days to the address you provide. One hundred percent of Challenge donations benefit TSRHC.
Thanks to our friends at Cotton Patch Café for providing the gift cards for Challenge participants.

Cotton Patch Café has 41 locations. To find a location near you, please visit cottonpatch.com.

Cotton Patch Café and Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) are separate legal entities. Goods and services are provided in the amount of the gift card; therefore, this gift is not tax deductible.

TAKE THE CHALLENGE HERE

To make an offline donation or for additional information on The Challenge, please call (214) 559-7650 or (800) 421-1121, ext. 7650. Thank you for supporting The Cotton Patch Café Challenge and the children of TSRHC!

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 Bryan’s signature barbecue sauce live during the event at South Side on Lamar from 11:30 am to 1 pm.

Its in the Sauce Logo copyThe participating charities include the American Heart Association, March of Dimes, North Texas Food Bank and Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Barbecue-lovers and spectators alike can purchase a ticket in advance here (https://community.tsrhc.org/its-in-the-sauce-tickets) and at the door for $20. Attendees can then sample all four creations and cast a vote by placing their ticket in their favorite’s ballot box. Each vote also adds a $20 donation to the chef’s chosen charity, but the non-profit represented by each chef will not be revealed until all votes are cast. The chef who receives the most tickets will receive an additional $5,000 from Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse for the charity of his choice.

Clarice Tinsley, FOX 4 News anchor/reporter, will serve as emcee while live music plays and guests enjoy legendary fare from Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse and ice cold beers from local breweries (not included in ticket price).

PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE

The Chefs

Dean Fearing: The creator of Fearing’s Restaurant and its “Elevated American Cuisine – Bold Flavors, No Borders,” chef/partner Dean Fearing has developed one of the hottest dining concepts in the country. Named “Restaurant of the Year” and “Table of the Year” by Esquire Magazine, No. 1 in Hotel Dining in the U.S. by the prestigious Zagat Survey, and nominated by the James Beard Foundation for Best New Restaurant, Fearing’s has received countless accolades from The New York Times, Newsweek, Food and Wine, Garden & Gun, Texas Monthly, and Modern Luxury, among others.

Dexter Samuel: With a start at the Natural Gourmet Cooking School, Dexter remained loyal to his New York roots by working for 10 years at Angelica’s Kitchen. He then managed the team at Food, Stock & Purveyors and served as a personal chef to the “rich & famous”. In 2008, he left the East coast to head West working as a personal chef to friends in the Lone Star State. Most recently, Samuel shares the kitchen at The Cedars Social with Chef Julio Peraza.

Kent Rathbun: After rising through the ranks of some of the world’s finest restaurants, Chef Rathbun continues to demonstrate his culinary skills not only with the expansion of restaurant concepts but also with his full-service catering company and newly launched line of products, Kent Rathbun Elements. Rathbun was one of the featured chefs for the Bush 2001 Inaugural Ball and has participated in the Pre-SuperBowl Event, “Taste of the NFL” for the past ten years. He has cooked at the James Beard House in New York on several occasions and was nominated as the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef: Southwest in 1999, 2002, 2003 and 2004.

Tre Wilcox: Wilcox worked his way up the culinary ranks through good old-fashioned blood, sweat and tears. By the age of 29 he earned a 5 star review at Abacus, where he served as chef de cuisine. He appeared on Top Chef (Season 3) and on Iron Chef America. Twice nominated for the “Rising Star Chef “award by the James Beard Foundation, Wilcox was also named Best Chef by the Dallas Morning News after opening Village Marquee Grill in Highland Park Village in 2011. As an award-winning chef and television personality, Wilcox began to expand on his other gift, sharing his passion for food through teaching. He used the three letters of his first name as an acronym for good cooking, Techniques, Recipes & Execution, and TRE Cooking Concepts was born.

Join us rain or shine…Parking available in the event lot located just west of
The Cedars Social for an additional $5. For more information, visit www.sonnybryans.com.

Special thanks to our sponsors: Business Express Press, Paradise Design Co. & South Side on Lamar

About Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse

Since 1958, Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse has served up melt-in-your-mouth barbecue and heaping helpings of hospitality. The Dallas-based family of restaurants has seven locations in the DFW Metroplex and two in Utah. Sonny Bryan’s has served U.S. Presidents, entertainers, sports legends and other famous patrons, in addition to loyal fans who can’t get enough of the company’s legendary barbecue. In addition to restaurants, Sonny Bryan’s also runs a full-service catering division for special events and corporate meetings. Sonny Bryan’s is committed to serving the community through donations of food and financial support to non-profit organizations, including The First Tee of Dallas and Brother Bill’s Helping Hand. Visit www.sonnybryans.com for a complete list of locations and menus, or to order Sonny Bryan’s products. For information about franchise opportunities, please call the corporate office at 214.350.1800, ext.224. Get the latest news and offers from Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sonnybryanssmokehouse and Twitter @sonnybryans.

 

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 support the historic park, for the 16th Annual Reverchon Roundup held in Reverchon Park adjacent to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC). Volunteers will remove trash, spread mulch and clear underbrush and debris. Councilman Adam Medrano, District 2, will speak to community volunteers during the picnic lunch. TSRHC initiated the Reverchon Park Revitalization Project in 1998 to help make the park cleaner and safer for members of the Dallas/Fort Worth community. The hospital remains an active supporter of Reverchon Park revitalization efforts. Most recently, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) stonework has been beautifully restored.

WHEN: Saturday, March 1, 2014
9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. – Team leaders meeting
9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. – Registration and orientation
10 a.m. to Noon – Park cleanup
Noon – Short program and picnic lunch courtesy of PlainsCapital Bank, Turtle Creek

WHERE: Reverchon Park
(Intersection of Maple Avenue and Turtle Creek Boulevard)
Parking is available at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
2222 Welborn Street (Corner of Oak Lawn and Maple Avenues)
Dallas, Texas 75219

ABOUT FRIENDS OF REVERCHON PARK: In 2005, a group of concerned citizens formally established Friends of Reverchon Park as a nonprofit corporation to unite the community in support of this historic Dallas landmark. Friends of Reverchon Park is dedicated to educating the community about the 46-acre park and raising funds for the restoration efforts. The group is currently working with the City of Dallas to implement the Reverchon Park Restoration and Development Plan. For more information, contact Lori Ashmore Peters at (214) 559-7202 or lpeters@ashmorelaw.com or visit www.reverchonparkfriends.com.

HOSPITAL INFORMATION: Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children is one of the nation’s leading pediatric centers for the treatment of orthopaedic conditions, certain related neurological disorders and learning disorders, such as dyslexia. Admission is open to children from birth up to 18 years of age. Patients receive treatment regardless of the family’s ability to pay. For more information, to volunteer or to make a donation, please call (214) 559-5000 or (800) 421-1121 or visit www.tsrhc.org.