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Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Ryan, age 15 of Rockwall, Texas

IMG_9360Ryan, age 15 of Rockwall, Texas, has been at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) his entire life. Ryan was born with bone missing in his right leg and as a result, his leg did not fully form. With a positive and playful attitude, Ryan tells anyone who asks that a shark bit off his leg. Ryan is a normal teenager who likes hanging out with his girlfriend and playing on his phone. This is Ryan’s first time on the Amputee Ski Trip. He is excited to learn how to ski and snowboard.

About TSRHC’s Ski Trip:
Since 1981, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children has hosted an Annual Amputee Ski Trip for patients. Fourteen teenage patients, as well as medical staff and chaperones, spend a week at the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD), in Winter Park, Colorado.

In a continuing effort to improve the lives of patients, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children recognized that snow skiing is well suited for amputees, and with special equipment, they quickly become competitive and often excel at the sport.

Skiing at the renowned National Sports Center for the Disabled creates a focus for the trip, but the personal growth and challenges the teens overcome are often more life-changing than the actual accomplishment of skiing. The goal of the trip is to foster a sense of self-confidence, discovery and independence for these teens.

Since the first Amputee Ski Trip in 1981, the community has teamed up with the hospital to make this opportunity possible to patient families. American Airlines has sponsored the trip since 2005. Prior to that, Delta Airlines supported the event for more than 20 years. Multiple other generous supporters from the community, including the Stephen M. Seay Foundation help make this trip possible!

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Marilou, age 16 of Laredo

Marilou, age 16 of Laredo, Texas, has been a patient at Texas Scottish Rite photoHospital for Children (TSRHC) for almost as long as she can remember. She was born with limb differences in her legs, which led to her need for prosthetics. When Marilou is not playing music in the band at her high school, she loves to write and do makeup. She plans to go to school in California and eventually get her masters degree in literature, which will hopefully lead her to a career as a successful author. Going on the ski trip with TSRHC has been a dream of Marilou’s since she started coming to the hospital. She is excited to finally get to go to Colorado and experience skiing for the first time.

About TSRHC’s Ski Trip:
Since 1981, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children has hosted an Annual Amputee Ski Trip for patients. Fourteen teenage patients, as well as medical staff and chaperones, spend a week at the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD), in Winter Park, Colorado.

In a continuing effort to improve the lives of patients, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children recognized that snow skiing is well suited for amputees, and with special equipment, they quickly become competitive and often excel at the sport.

Skiing at the renowned National Sports Center for the Disabled creates a focus for the trip, but the personal growth and challenges the teens overcome are often more life-changing than the actual accomplishment of skiing. The goal of the trip is to foster a sense of self-confidence, discovery and independence for these teens.

Since the first Amputee Ski Trip in 1981, the community has teamed up with the hospital to make this opportunity possible to patient families. American Airlines has sponsored the trip since 2005. Prior to that, Delta Airlines supported the event for more than 20 years. Multiple other generous supporters from the community, including the Stephen M. Seay Foundation help make this trip possible!

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Josiah, age 16 of Dallas

IMG_3020Josiah, age 16 of Dallas, Texas, has been a patient at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) since he was two years old. Leg length discrepancy first brought Josiah to Scottish Rite Hospital, but in 2012 he had an amputation and has since moved exclusively to the TSRHC prosthetics department. Josiah is a lover of the outdoors. He collects knives and he likes to hunt and to be out in nature. This is Josiah’s first time on the Amputee Ski Trip. He is extremely excited to take in the whole experience and to be in the clean, crisp mountain air.

About TSRHC’s Ski Trip:
Since 1981, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children has hosted an Annual Amputee Ski Trip for patients. Fourteen teenage patients, as well as medical staff and chaperones, spend a week at the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD), in Winter Park, Colorado.

In a continuing effort to improve the lives of patients, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children recognized that snow skiing is well suited for amputees, and with special equipment, they quickly become competitive and often excel at the sport.

Skiing at the renowned National Sports Center for the Disabled creates a focus for the trip, but the personal growth and challenges the teens overcome are often more life-changing than the actual accomplishment of skiing. The goal of the trip is to foster a sense of self-confidence, discovery and independence for these teens.

Since the first Amputee Ski Trip in 1981, the community has teamed up with the hospital to make this opportunity possible to patient families. American Airlines has sponsored the trip since 2005. Prior to that, Delta Airlines supported the event for more than 20 years. Multiple other generous supporters from the community, including the Stephen M. Seay Foundation, help make this trip possible!

TSRHC to Host 16th Annual Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics Seminar for Physicians and Health Care Professionals

Marsha CarpenterOn Friday, February 27, 2015, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children will host Developmental-Behavioral Pediatrics: Topics for Primary Care.

This annual course is designed for pediatricians, family practitioners, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants and health care professionals providing direct care to children. The purpose of the seminar is to equip primary care providers to expertly assess, identify and manage developmental and behavioral problems which present between birth and age 18. Lectures, slide presentations and question/answer sessions will be presented by guest lecturers and the staff of the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.

For additional information, please visit our website or contact Janice Reaves at (214) 559-8596 or janice.reaves@tsrh.org for more information.

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Jazmyn, age 16 of Irving, Texas

Jazmyn PolkJazmyn, age 16 of Irving, Texas, has been treated at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) since 2013. Due to the development of Osteosarcoma in her bones, she now wears a full leg prosthesis. This will be Jazmyn’s first year going on the TSRHC ski trip and she is very excited to have this opportunity to attend. Jazmyn loves hanging out with her friends and going to the mall and watching movies in her spare time. Her future plans are to pursue something in the medical field, specifically in oncology.

About TSRHC’s Ski Trip:

Since 1981, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children has hosted an Annual Amputee Ski Trip for patients. Fourteen teenage patients, as well as medical staff and chaperones, spend a week at the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD), in Winter Park, Colorado.

In a continuing effort to improve the lives of patients, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children recognized that snow skiing is well suited for amputees, and with special equipment, they quickly become competitive and often excel at the sport.

Skiing at the renowned National Sports Center for the Disabled creates a focus for the trip, but the personal growth and challenges the teens overcome are often more life-changing than the actual accomplishment of skiing. The goal of the trip is to foster a sense of self-confidence, discovery and independence for these teens.

Since the first Amputee Ski Trip in 1981, the community has teamed up with the hospital to make this opportunity possible to patient families. American Airlines has sponsored the trip since 2005. Prior to that, Delta Airlines supported the event for more than 20 years. Multiple other generous supporters from the community, including the Stephen M. Seay Foundation, help make this trip possible!

TSRHC Leads the Way with Magnetic Spinal Rod System

TSRHC physicians recently performed the hospital’s first noninvasive adjustment of an implanted spinal rod system using groundbreaking magnetic technology. This system is designed to minimize the progression of specific cases of early-onset scoliosis. This revolutionary device is called MAGEC (MAGnetic Expansion Control) System®, distributed by Ellipse Technologies, Inc.

Daniel J. Sucato, M.D., M.S., TSRHC chief of staff, with TSRHC patient Viviana, age 7, of Austin, after her adjustment.

Daniel J. Sucato, M.D., M.S., TSRHC chief of staff, with TSRHC patient Viviana, age 7, of Austin, after her adjustment.

The FDA cleared the system for commercial use earlier this year. It
 is composed of an implantable rod and an External Remote Controller (ERC). After the MAGEC rod has been implanted, a physician simply places a “MAGEC wand,” or locator, over the patient’s spine. The wand locates the magnet on the implanted rod and allows the physician to make a noninvasive adjustment. An X-ray or ultrasound of the spine is then used to confirm the procedure’s success.

Thus, adjustments that once required a patient to undergo anesthesia, surgery and recovery are now performed in the clinic in a matter of minutes.

The frequency of such sessions 
is customized to meet the needs of each patient until the desired result is achieved. TSRHC is excited to be at the forefront of institutions in the U.S. providing patients with this revolutionary, nonsurgical adjustment technology.

 

**This article was featured in the 2014 Rite Up Volume 3 Magazine. Read more from the magazine online

Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic Visit with the Michigan State Spartans

On Monday, December 29, the Michigan State University Spartans paid a visit to the patients at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.

Bo Howard, Justin Williams, Kai HowardMichigan State University will be playing Baylor University on New Year’s Day at the Goodyear Cotton Bowl Classic.

The Spartan football players and coaches filled TSRHC’s Atrium and signed hats, t-shirts and posters for patients and their families. Many of the players also asked for autographs from the patients on their TSRHC hats.

 

Thank you for visiting the patients and we wish you luck in the Cotton Bowl!

View additional photos from the event on TSRHC’s Facebook page and read media coverage online:
Detroit Free Press
M Live
Dallas Morning News

Run to Inspire; Former TSRHC Patient with Cerebral Palsy Runs in Dallas Marathon

Every runner has his or her own reasons for running a marathon; many run to prove to themselves that they can simply do it. Others run to win.

For former TSRHC patient Michael Burns, he ran to inspire.

In an interview with WFAA ABC News Channel 8 in Dallas, Burns talked about his motivations for competing in the 2014 MetroPCS Dallas Marathon.

As a child Burns was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, and he spent 13 years as a patient of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children under the care of Dr. J.A. “Tony” Herring, Chief of Staff Emeritus. TSRHC is the primary beneficiary of the Dallas Marathon, and to Burns’ it is the main reason why he participated.

“If I can give hope to other people, to other kids…that’s why I push.”

Burns began his journey as a marathon runner 7 years ago, when he took up running as a way to relieve stress brought on by the mortgage crisis. Now at age 36, this is his marathon.

“I was always curious about what it would feel like to do a half marathon, and then a half led to my full marathon, 26.2 mile race in one day,” Burns told WFAA Channel 8.

Burns is currently working with Dr. Lezlie Maloy of Spring Valley Spine and Sports care, who is helping him as he prepares to run. Burns has experienced several stress fractures running in the past, and Maloy is helping him with his biomechanics so that he can participate in the Dallas Marathon.

“I know what I have; I know that I’m very fortunate,” Burns said, “because I know with other patients with cerebral palsy, they’re not as fortunate; some are in wheelchairs, some are on crutches.”

TSRHC has been the primary beneficiary of the Dallas Marathon since 1997, receiving more than $3.5 million in donations.

“Everybody’s got their differences,” Dr. Herring said, “and what you do is make the best of what you’ve got. [Burns has] done a great job of doing that.”

2014 MetroPCS® Dallas Marathon Patient Champion Spotlight: Meet Max of Arlington

In addition to the junior race director, the MetroPCS® Dallas Marathon® features 5 patient champions from TSRHC. The patient champion program is a way for the community to participate in race-weekend activities and fundraise on behalf of a patient.

Max Paredes age 9 of Arlington_074

Max, age 9, of Arlington, Texas was adopted from China when he was three years old. When adopting Max, his family knew that he had some limb differences in both his foot and his hands, so it made sense for them to take him to TSRHC. Max is treated in both, TSRHC’s Prosthetics department as well as the Charles E. Seay, Jr. Hand Center. One of Max’s biggest passions is art. He has won artist of the year twice at Ditto Elementary School and he loves designing his legs! In addition, Max recently started playing soccer and is doing great. He is the epitome of perseverance, his parents never hear the words “I can’t do this” come out of his mouth because Max is always determined to find a way to do everything.  Max can’t wait to help cheer on the runners at this year’s Dallas Marathon!

Dallas Cowboys Holiday Visit

Dwayne Harris, Marissa Regalado - ptOn Tuesday, December 9, select Dallas Cowboys players and cheerleaders came to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) for their annual holiday visit.  Members of the team have been visiting TSRHC since 1996.

Patients and their families were treated to Dallas Cowboys goodies and each had a chance to get autographs from the football players and cheerleaders.

View media coverage of the event:
Dallas Morning News
Fort Worth Star Telegram
Dallas Cowboys Website

 

 

Veronica Lind, Ava Coker, Melissa Lynn, Brynleee Coker, Lacey Annalea Kyle Stamey - pt, Tony Romo