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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 at the State Fair of Texas”, is a former Texas Sculpture Association and Art Professionals of Texas board member and participates in the White Rock Lake Artists’ Studio Tour and White Rock East Garden Tour & Artisans.

Artist Lottie Minick; patient Scarlett RoseTo kick off the exhibition, Lottie hosted an art workshop with some of the patients at TSRHC by doing a mosaic piece, which will also be for sale in the show.

This visit helped patients take their minds off their medical treatment and also served as a way to let them show off their artistic talents. “These kids want to be like any other kid,” said TSRHC Senior Communications Officer Manny Mendoza. “Projects like this go a long way to doing that.”

Exposition de sculpture locale is a great opportunity to meet, buy and start a relationship with a local Texas artist. The show will run from June 13th 2014 through July 14th 2014, with a Champagne Reception on June 13th from 6 – 8:30 p.m.

LEE_7107ALocation: Alan Barnes Fine Art, 3906 Lemmon Avenue, Suite 222, Dallas, TX, 75219 (located directly above La Madeleine). For more information, visit www.alanbarnesfineart.com

Read more about the patient visit in a news article from the Dallas Morning News.

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, ‘Mr. Ware, with my one arm, do you think I could ever play football?’” she recalls. “And he told Tyler, ‘If you put your mind to it, you can do anything you want.’”

Tyler knew exactly what he wanted — to play football.

Photo courtesy of Dallas Morning News

Photo courtesy of Dallas Morning News

Today the determined 13-year-old is a highly respected member of his middle school football team, for which he plays linebacker and right guard. “He’s not out there for people to say, ‘Hey, look at the guy with one hand playing football,’” the team’s head coach, Scott Starnes, says. “He’s trying to win.” Tyler’s trophy-laden bookcase indicates that he has done exactly that.

At his mother’s urging, he entered an NFL-sponsored video contest to tell his football story for a chance to win tickets to Super Bowl XLVIII. From a field of thousands, the NFL chose 10 finalists, filmed documentary-style films of each and posted them online for viewers to vote for their favorite. Tickets would be awarded to the top five contestants.

The film featuring Tyler was one of the winners, securing votes from around the world. He, along with his parents and his brother, received an all-expense paid trip to New York City for a week of activities leading up to seeing the big game live from a luxury suite at MetLife Stadium.

Shortly after the family’s return to Texas, Frisco Mayor Maher Maso even declared a day in Tyler’s honor.

“The support of my family and my community has been amazing,” Tyler says.

His sports journey is just beginning. Tyler is also part of an elite baseball team and plans to take up basketball.

“I would tell anybody not to give up on their dream, no matter what the obstacles are,” Tyler says. “Because if you practice hard enough, you will get way better at what you’re trying to achieve.”

See Tyler’s inspirational, winning video: www.togetherwemakefootball.com

**This article was featured in our 2014 Volume 1 Rite Up Magazine

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 4-H Clubs
  • Dallas Park and Recreation Department
  • Dallas Police Department
  • Ranch Hand Rescue
  • Reverchon Park Recreation Center
  • Southwest Dairy Farmers
  • Texas Farm Bureau

Special highlights from the event included:

  • Midnite “The Horse of Hope” – a prosthetic wearing horse!
  • Texas Tech Masked Rider
  • Milking demonstrations
  • Animal displays including: miniature horses, cow, chicks and rabbits
  • Live music and entertainment

Zyiaha Davis, Josh Jouett - Spirit of the HorseView additional photos from the event on TSRHC’s Facebook page!

Spider-Man Surprises TSRHC Patients

 

With great power comes great responsibility….

Spiderman Window Washers_03And 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 hospital.

Inspired from an idea of one of our dedicated volunteers, TSRHC hospital staff arranged for the regular window washing to have a special superhero-themed twist.

TSRHC patient Matthew watches as Spider-Man jumps from windowpane to windowpane.

TSRHC patient Matthew watches as Spider-Man jumps from windowpane to windowpane.

TSRHC is dedicated to making sure patients are treated with the best care possible. Many times the experience at TSRHC will extend far beyond the medical treatment, and we hope that patients can take a moment to realize that at TSRHC, we make dreams possible. Setting the standard in pediatric orthopaedic treatment and research, TSRHC can care for all of our aspiring superheroes!

Thanks for visiting and “fighting grime” at TSRHC, Spider-Man!

 

 

 

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 TSRHC.

Upcoming Events

2014 Crawfish Boil invitation copyCrawfish Boil: Crayon Club will be kicking off the year with the second annual Crawfish Boil! The event will take place on Thursday, May 22 from 7 – 9 p.m. at the Green Elephant. Tickets can be purchased online for $15. All you can eat crawfish compliments of Dodie’s Restaurant, special guest speaker and live music from the Rusty Brothers.

 

2014 Invitation copyCharacter Breakfast: A magical meet-and-greet experience complete with superheroes, team mascots and princesses. Breakfast, an autograph session, door prizes, face painting and other activities will be included. This event will take place Saturday, June 28 at 9 a.m. at TSRHC. Tickets can be purchased online for: $15/child  $25/adult  $150/table for 8. 

 

Summer Colors_no tsrhcSummer Colors: Summer Colors, now in its sixth year, was an idea born out of passion for raising awareness about TSRHC; 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. Involving the community is important to the founders and sponsorship opportunities are available. This event will take place on Thursday, August 31 at TSRHC. Tickets can be purchased online for $25 (or $30 at the door). For additional information on featured artists and photos from previous years, view our Summer Colors website.

Volunteerism

Crayon Club offers unique volunteer opportunities, including participating in events around the community, such as the Dallas Marathon, TSRHC’s Farm and Ranch Day, KidSwing and assisting with patient activities in the hospital’s Dr. Bob and Jean Smith Child Life Center

Philanthropy

Crayon Club provides opportunities to create friendships, network and connect with others interested in making a positive impact in their community. To be a part of Crayon Club, individuals give a suggested annual gift of $100, while couples give $150. These gifts help underwrite patient care, research, medical equipment and/or building renovations at TSRHC. Benefits of Crayon Club also include invitations to special events and other activities.

Be a Part of Crayon Club Today!

Crayon Club Logo

Introducing the new Rite Up Magazine!


Rite Up_2014 Vol1_FINAL
“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.