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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!

Santa (in red) and Mrs. Clause (in green) arrive at Christmas in July at TSRHC

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 spread holiday cheer at the hospital and take pictures with patients.

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Patients also had the opportunity to participate in many holiday activities, such as cookie and ornament decorating, garland making and many more holiday crafts. Bread Winners Café graciously donated the cookies and volunteered their time to help the patients decorate them.

Isabella 'Bella' Goushey, 8

Thank you to everyone who came out to Celebrate “Christmas in July”!

 

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 the right kind of support.”

TSRHC offers that support via an educational outreach program. Teachers are given guidance through seminars and workshops, and parents can join a parent support group. The Dyslexia Training Program and the TSRHC Literacy Program (video curriculums developed at TSRHC) have helped hundreds of thousands of children across the world with dyslexia learn to read.

Building patients’ self esteem

Dyslexia can take a toll on a child’s self-esteem.

“You see your friends who aren’t dyslexic, and things just come easier to them,” said TSRHC patient Caleb Floyd. “You just have to work a little harder.”

Early intervention is vital, not just to help children with dyslexia learn to read, but to help build their self-esteem at school. Instead of feeling disadvantaged compared to other children their age, patients learn that messing up is an important part of the learning process, and that they are just as capable of achieving their goals as anyone else.

A leader in dyslexia programs

The Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders is named after Dr. Luke Waites, who founded the program at TSRHC in 1965. Together with a team of doctors from around the globe, the first consensus definition of dyslexia was formulated at TSRHC in 1968.

Since then, the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia has become an international leader in learning disorder research and intervention programs.

Watch the video of the interview with WFAA below, and find out more about dyslexia on our website.

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 giving them the chance to gain independence, confidence and courage.

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The show provides the means to encourage TSRHC’s patients through a positive self-esteem building event and communicates the message of TSRHC’s Successful Bridges program to the community. The show provides the means to encourage TSRHC’s patients through a positive self-esteem building event and communicates the message of TSRHC’s Successful Bridges program to the community. The Successful Bridges Teen program was established in May 2003 for children ages 14-to 18-years-old with spina bifida. The overall goals of the program are to assist teens in building bridges to self-sufficiency and support families as their teens achieve developmental milestones. The program collaborates with community agencies to provide information and guest speakers.

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To learn more about Successful Bridges and spina bifida, please visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55fg0M-R9dM

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, iKidSwing Dallas 2014_6s 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 play in the tournament, but the young players are asked to raise at least $100 through sponsorship from their friends and families. Many KidSwing participants go above and beyond that and truly show us the next generation of philanthropists!

This year, more than 300 golfers participated in tournaments in Dallas,  McKinney and in Trophy Club. We are so proud to announce that the 2014 KidSwing Golf Tournaments raised more than $90,000 for Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children! Congratulations to all of the players, volunteers and sponsors who made this happen!

We’ll see you out on the course next summer!

KidSwing History

Former patient Ben Sater received treatment, including surgery, for a condition called trigger finger at the Charles E. Seay, Jr. Hand Center at TSRHC. Although the only visual reminders of his treatment are four tiny scars on the inside of his hands, Ben’s experience at TSRHC made a permanent impression on his life. He decided to use his love for golf to give back to the hospital by creating KidSwing, a 9-hole, best-ball scramble for players ages 7 to 18 of all levels of golf ability.

The inaugural tournament was a huge success. A total of 20 teams played in the best-ball scramble on June 17, 2003, and raised more than $20,000 for TSRHC. Building on the success of the original KidSwing-Dallas, two more tournaments were created – KidSwing-McKinney in 2008 and KidSwing-Trophy Club in 2011.

KidSwing Dallas 2014_11The combined fundraising efforts from all tournaments have raised more than $1.6 million for TSRHC. Even greater has been the joy that the KidSwing players and their families feel as they learn about the exceptional care TSRHC provides children in Texas and how rewarding it is to know that all of the funds raised by KidSwing players directly benefit the hospital.

For more information on this event, visit www.kidswing.org and join us on Facebook for updates, photos and more!: www.facebook.com/kidswing.

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Watch a video from the 2014 KidSwing-Trophy Club

Summer Colors – Silent Art Auction Benefiting TSRHC

Set UpSummer 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 grow the event over the past four years. The celebration takes place in the form of a silent art auction and a cocktail reception, featuring original pieces by local artists. Summer Colors is continually growing – each year raising more money for TSRHC. Involving the community is important to the founders and sponsorship opportunities are available.

Event Details

Set UpThe 2014 event will take place on Thursday, July 31 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (2222 Welborn Street, Dallas, TX 75219). Guests will have the opportunity to bid on paintings by the artists while enjoying tasty drinks and hors d’oeuvres. Tickets are $25 pre-purchased online and $30 at the door.

Purchase Tickets Online

2014 Featured Artists

  • Dawn Waters Baker
  • Desmond Blair
  • Debora P. Blake
  • Megan Adams Brooks
  • Marcy Cook
  • Linda Dillard
  • Melissa Stinson Ellis
  • Stephanie Fudge
  • Helen Green
  • Adam Grovenstein
  • Allyson Hall
  • Pauline A. Johnson
  • Karley Osborn Kiker
  • Jenny Grumbles Koziol
  • Phyllis Mabus
  • Christi Meril
  • Christopher Miller
  • Nicole Morrow
  • Rachel Nash
  • Andrea Navarro
  • Terrell Powell
  • Micah San Juan
  • Jill Scovell

Read more about the 2014 Featured Artists 

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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.RIC_7598 copy

This is the fifth year the award has been distributed, as it was established by Dr. and Mrs. William Watson in 2009 through a generous donation.

Education and Career

Dr. Punaro has a long history of work in clinical care, starting in 1977 when she began her internship and residency at Children’s Medical Center. She then completed her specialty training in pediatric rheumatology in 1982 and started work at TSRHC.

In 1996 she became a member of the UT Southwestern faculty in the Department of Pediatrics and in 1998 she became Director of Arthritis Services at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Then she became Division Director for Pediatric Rheumatology in the UT Southwestern Department of Pediatrics in 2004.

Reputation in the Field

Those that know and work with her praise her for her abilities as a clinician and diagnostician, as well as her attitude and loyalty towards her patients.

Dr. Punaro’s name has been heard by those in the field nationwide as well, as she is a member of professional societies and an editor and reviewer of articles in top professional journals for pediatric rheumatology.

Her peers refer to her as a “Texas Super Doctor,” and one of the “Best Doctors in America.”

Congratulations Dr. Punaro!!

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!

Holiday Gold

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 – the possibilities are endless!

If your design is chosen, it will be featured on one of TSRHC holiday cards and available for purchase by anyone who wants to spread the spirit of the season.

Please follow link below to download the submission form. You may submit as many entries as you would like. All artwork is due August 15, 2014, and can be dropped off at the TSRHC Front Desk or mailed to the address on the form.

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Happy drawing!

Download Submission Form

Courtney’s Story – Life After Scoliosis Surgery

courtney scoliosis basketball 3Finding 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 her spine only temporarily dashed her dreams.

Starting the Journey

courtney scoliosis basketball 2Once her family found Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, they immediately got to work to set her spine straight. Naturally, her parents were very worried about her and thought that she might never walk again. However, Courtney was more optimistic. She never felt that anything was wrong with her before her diagnosis, and she was positive she would recover after the surgery.

Surgery and Road to Recovery

courtney scoliosis basketballThe surgeons at TSRHC placed rods in Courtney’s spine and screwed them into place. This corrected the curve in her back and she woke up from her scoliosis surgery with a smile on her face. She immediately began to recover and jumped back into her favorite sports. Two years later, she is practicing gymnastics, and can even do a back handspring by herself.

At TSRHC, Courtney had doctors and surgeons that believed in her, and that faith and hope allowed her to persevere until she accomplished every goal she had set for herself before her diagnosis. As Courtney reached the end of eighth grade, she accomplished the goal of growing taller than her mother – and her mom couldn’t be more proud.

Learn more about Courtney through her YouTube Video:

Kids Help Create Mobility Test for TSRHC

LEE_2703AChildren 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 with amputations. Researchers at TSRHC have decided to take CHAMP and adjust its parameters to fit younger amputees. To achieve this, they turned to the Dallas Zoo and their summer camp attendees for help.

Children at the camp were put throughAshlynn Johnson; staff Wilshaw Stevens a four-part course, similar to an obstacle course, which timed them as they performed various physical activities. One portion of the test included balancing on one foot with the other foot held over a small cone.

The results of the summer camp kids will be used as a base line for the new CHAMP test for young amputees. That way, a patient’s progress can be compared with others in her own age group, instead of relying on the original test designed for adults.

Since last summer, researchers have gathered the results of 275 campers ages 5 to 14, and they plan on testing hundreds more campers this summer. Ultimately, they hope to have data from 100 kids in each age group from 5 to 18, so the test can be comprehensive.

With the help of these able-bodied camp goers, soon patients at TSRHC will have an effective CHAMP test to measure their progress.

For more information, visit our Movement Science page on our website or view the recent article in the Dallas Morning News. Stay tuned for another news story on Dallas’ CBS11 later this week!

 

 

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?

Alon_LTC_CharityIcon_240x400TSRHC 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 easy steps to vote for TSRHC, you will be entered to win free gas and a new FORD F-150 4X4 truck….and the best part is that it won’t cost you a thing!

1. Grab the App
: Just go to the Apple App Store on your iPhone or Google Play on your Android phone and download the free ALON “Load the Code” app. Launch the app, set up a user name and password and you are ready to play.

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2. Scan to Play: 
Visit any participating ALON store and go inside to the special “Load the Code” poster or easel card with the QR code. Launch you ALON app and scan the code. Every time you scan you will be entered into the contest. The more you scan the better your odds of winning! You can enter once a day. You can also earn badges for scanning in different stores or at different times of day. You can also randomly “Instant Win” ALON YouCash for free gas! No purchase necessary.

3. Do Some Good: 
After you scan a code you can vote for TSRHC! This will increase our chances of winning a part of the $100,000 that ALON is donating to charity.

Good luck and thank you for participating in this fun summer program that benefits TSRHC!

** “Load the Code” runs now through September 30, 2014. Watch the YouTube video or visit www.myalon.com/loadthecode for more details.