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The Cotton Patch Cafe Challenge is Back!

Join us as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Cotton Patch Cafe Challenge!

Screen Shot 2016-02-25 at 2.42.56 PMThanks to our wonderful friends at the Cotton Patch Cafe, every donation of $25 made to TSRHC beginning February 29th will be matched in $25 Cotton Patch Cafe gift cards (up to $1,000 per donor).

Give today and claim a heapin’ helpin’ of home-cooked goodness for you and yours, compliments of the Cotton Patch Cafe. But hurry…once we raise $250,000 and reach our $1 million cumulative goal, the 2016 Challenge will end!

All proceeds from the Cotton Patch Cafe Challenge directly benefit TSRHC and allow the hospital to provide world-class medical care to kids, regardless of any family’s ability to pay. With the help of our great friends at the Cotton Patch Cafe and dedicated donors like you, we can continue in our mission, bringing health, hope and happiness to thousands of children. We greatly appreciate your support!

Take The Challenge Today!

Tips to Keep Safe on the Slopes

When hitting the slopes, it’s important to have the right equipment. Staying safe while skiing is a top priority for the 35th Annual Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children Amputee Ski Trip. In honor of this special event, we’ve put together some important safety tips for fun in the snow.

  • Wear Sunscreen – Even if the day is overcast and freezing cold, you can still get sunburned on the slopes. The bright white snow reflects the sun’s rays and can cause major burns. To avoid getting sunburned, wear plenty of sunscreen and don’t forget to re-apply throughout the day
  • image1Stay Hydrated – Drinking lots and lots of water is the best protection against altitude sickness. Altitude sickness is caused when the body struggles to adjust to higher altitudes with thinner oxygen. Our ski trip participants are equipped to stay hydrated this year with personalized water bottles from our friends at Saint Bernard. Having water on hand as you transition to a higher altitude is the best way to avoid getting sick.
  • Wear a Helmet – Wearing a helmet on the slopes is the best way to protect your head in the event of a fall. Helmets can help prevent concussions and other major head trauma. Thanks to our friends at Giro, the teens on this year’s trip will have helmets to protect them as they learn how to ski.
  • Stay Warm – It’s important to stay warm while you ski. Hypothermia happens when the body loses heat faster than it can produce heat. This results in low body temperature, which can cause organs to function improperly. The teens on the ski trip will stay warm and safe thanks to our friends at Obermeyer while they ski.
  • RIC_5123Warm Up and Cool Down – When participating in strenuous physical activity, especially when learning a new sport, it’s critical to stretch and cool down properly. Stretching before starting the day can help keep the body loose and flexible for exercise. Cooling down at the end of the day with more stretching or a soak in the hot tub can prevent fatigue for the day ahead.

We hope these tips help inspire safety on the mountain. We wish the teens on this year’s trip a fun time in Colorado.

Thanks again to our friends at Saint Bernard, Giro and Obermeyer for keeping our skiers safe and warm on the Annual Amputee Ski Trip.

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Natalie, age 14 of Fort Worth

NatalieNatalie, age 14 of Fort Worth, has been a part of the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) family for most of her life. Born without a fibula bone, she came to TSRHC when she was only 11 months old to have her left foot amputated. But Natalie didn’t let that slow her down. She’s participated in Scottish Rite Hospital’s Learn to Golf programs and by eight years old, this generous girl was organizing lemonade stands and donating the proceeds back to the hospital.

In her free time, Natalie likes sketching and painting, and dreams of becoming an artist one day. She also enjoys playing video games and practicing the piano. Although she’s been skiing before, this is Natalie’s first time on the Amputee Ski Trip and she’s excited to hit the slopes with fellow patients.

About the Annual Amputee Ski Trip

February 2016 will mark the 35th anniversary of the annual Amputee Ski Trip, held each year at the National Sports Center for the Disabled in Winter Park, Colo. Fourteen teenage patients with limb differences are given the opportunity to discover the joy of skiing and snowboarding, while gaining confidence with lifelong friends.

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: Jeremiah, age 16 of Dallas

IMG_5682Jeremiah, age 16 of Dallas, Texas, has been a patient at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) since 2006. Due to the development of osteosarcoma in his bones, he now wears a full leg prosthesis. Jeremiah likes to play basketball and video games with friends outside of school and wants to be an aircraft engineer when he grows up. He is most excited for his first plane ride ever, and he’s also looking forward to learning how to ski!

About the Annual Amputee Ski Trip

February 2016 will mark the 35th anniversary of the annual Amputee Ski Trip, held each year at the National Sports Center for the Disabled in Winter Park, Colo. Fourteen teenage patients with limb differences are given the opportunity to discover the joy of skiing and snowboarding, while gaining confidence with lifelong friends.

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!

Our Pediatric Orthopaedic Education Series is this Saturday

Physicians and other health-care professionals attending the Pediatric Orthopaedic Education Series (POES) on Saturday will experience fully interactive sessions with 11 specialists from Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, according to Dr. Anthony Riccio, the course director.

Instead of a lecture, each of the nine continuing medical education sessions will be built around multiple-choice questions about the cases being presented. Participants can answer on their smartphones using the app, Poll Everywhere.

The responses will guide the direction of the sessions, which cover such conditions as trauma, musculoskeletal infection, back and hip pain, scoliosis, hip dislocation, rheumatologic disease and athletic injuries.

Riccio“Traditional continuing medical education usually consists of didactic lectures and a brief Q&A,” Riccio says. “This will be a discussion tailored to meet the needs of the audience completely. We think it’s a more effective form of adult education.”

Titled Keeping Out of Trouble in Pediatric Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine: A Case Based Approach to Avoiding Jeopardy, POES also will feature two Jeopardy-like contests during which preselected participants can gauge what they’ve learned for fun and prizes.

This is the 18th year that the education series has been held at Scottish Rite Hospital. It takes place from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. in the hospital’s T. Boone Pickens Training and Conference Center at 2222 Welborn St. Participation in POES is worth up to 6.25 credits from the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education.

Course director Riccio is a pediatric orthopedic surgeon at Scottish Rite Hospital. He graduated from the Georgetown University School of Medicine and served five years in the U.S. Navy, during which he was director of pediatric orthopedics at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego.

For more information about POES or to register, visit http://community.tsrhc.org/POESDallas.

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Tatyana, age 15 of Corsicana

1451895417882Tatyana was born with amniotic band syndrome; a condition that caused her to have her right leg amputated when she was just one year old. Luckily, she was in the expert care of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC). Today, Tatyana is a vibrant 15-year-old living in Corsicana. When she is not playing trumpet in her school band, she likes to spend time with her friends. Inspired by the care that she has received at TSRHC, Tatyana has dreams of one day becoming a doctor. She is excited for the opportunity to travel to Colorado to learn how to ski.

About the Annual Amputee Ski Trip

February 2016 will mark the 35th anniversary of the annual Amputee Ski Trip, held each year at the National Sports Center for the Disabled in Winter Park, Colo. Fourteen teenage patients with limb differences are given the opportunity to discover the joy of skiing and snowboarding, while gaining confidence with lifelong friends.

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!

Calling All Dancers – Chance to Dance is February 16 – March 29

Screen Shot 2016-02-03 at 9.21.12 AMChance to Dance is an eight-week introductory dance class that is offered for our patients (both male and female) between the ages 5 and 12. This class is also open to the patient’s siblings and friends!

The class will explore different styles that make up popular social and cultural dance. No previous dance experience necessary.

Class Location

Solarium (4th Floor B-Building)
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
2222 Welborn Street, Dallas, Texas 75219

Class Times

Each Tuesday, February 16 – March 29 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Final Performance

Friday, April 8 from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Please note: Parents/Guardians must remain on campus during class.

To Register or For More Information

Please contact Mackenzi Summers, MS, CTRS
Phone: 214-559-8345
Email: mackenzi.summers@tsrh.org

About the Instructor

Lynn Moon Schellenberg has a professional dance background combined with more than 25 years of experience as a dance therapist. She specializes in early childhood movement education and yoga, and is registered with the American Dance Therapy Association.

Support for Chance to Dance is provided by The Dance Council of North Texas.

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Miranda, age 16 of Frisco

MirandaMiranda, age 16 of Frisco, Texas, has been a patient at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) since 2012. She wears a full prosthetic on her left leg. Miranda loves to dance; she is on her high school drill team and also likes tap and jazz. Outside of school, Miranda is a volunteer at TSRHC and wants to be a nurse when she grows up. She is most excited about learning to ski.

About the Annual Amputee Ski Trip

February 2016 will mark the 35th anniversary of the annual Amputee Ski Trip, held each year at the National Sports Center for the Disabled in Winter Park, Colo. Fourteen teenage patients with limb differences are given the opportunity to discover the joy of skiing and snowboarding, while gaining confidence with lifelong friends.

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!

Center for Dyslexia Educational Outreach

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children is dedicated to its educational outreach. The Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders serves as a host facility for seminars to assist educators in understanding dyslexia and identifying the disorder in public schools. The educational outreach opportunities at the center also educate attendees in the dyslexia interventions that have been developed at TSRHC.

photo1496Dyslexia A to Z

TSRHC regularly hosts the Dyslexia A to Z seminar, which is designed for educators who want to understand the disability better. Sessions include an in-depth education on the characteristics and definition of dyslexia, instructions on how to accommodate students with dyslexia, a review of Texas public school guidelines and intervention requirements, a demonstration of classroom and home strategies, and information covered in the TEA Dyslexia Handbook. A registration fee is required.

Identifying Dyslexia

TSRHC offers seminars to Texas educators who are responsible for measuring student performance and administrating tests to identify dyslexia. The hospital’s seminars are based on Texas public school laws, procedures, and guidelines. Moreover, they help attendees learn how to gather and interpret data properly, develop student profiles, and monitor interventions.

Current seminars include: The Very Basics Identification, Beyond the Basics Identification and The Special Education Opportunity Identification.

Rite Flight

The staff at the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders at TSRHC created the Rite Flight program. The Rite Flight program addresses two key components identified by the National Reading Panel: Reading Rate (Fluency) and Reading Comprehension. The great thing about Rite Flight is that it can be used as a supplemental intervention for an entire classroom, small groups, or individuals. 

Take Flight

Take Flight is a comprehensive two-year curriculum designed for children seven years of age and older who suffer from dyslexia. Students who complete the program have shown significant growth in reading skills, and they’ve been shown to maintain those benefits after one year. Take Flight Therapist training and Take Flight Retraining is available at TSRHC annually.

Parent’s Corner

TSRHC regularly hosts informative seminars for parents of a child diagnosed with a learning disorder — all at no charge. This series is designed to empower parents and guardians with a wealth of knowledge they can use to advocate for their child. Available seminars for parents of children with learning disorders include How to Support My Child with a Learning Disorder and Dyslexia 4-1-1 for Parents.

Consultations

In addition to the center’s vast array of workshops and seminars, the Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia offers consultation and training to area schools seeking to utilize the programs. Parents can obtain guidance through the center’s support groups and presentations, making this a valuable resource center for the community.

To learn more about the programs offered at TSRHC, contact the center at 800-421-1121 (ext. 7800) or 214-559-7800.

 

 

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Cody, age 14 of Keller

image1Cody, age 14 of Keller, Texas, has been a patient at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) since he was just six weeks old. Cody was born missing both his tibias (shinbones) and knees. After numerous consultations with TSRHC Chief of Staff Emeritus Dr. Tony Herring, it was decided that it was in Cody’s best interest to amputate his legs above the knee to give him a chance at mobility. He was fitted for his first pair of prosthetic legs at 17 months. Throughout the years, Cody’s experience at TSRHC has inspired him, and he hopes to one day become a pediatric anesthesiologist. Cody is an extremely active young man; in fact, he will be participating in the Paralympic time trails in swimming this summer. While Cody is no stranger to sports, this trip to Winter Park will be his first time to be on the slopes.

About the Annual Amputee Ski Trip

February 2016 will mark the 35th anniversary of the annual Amputee Ski Trip, held each year at the National Sports Center for the Disabled in Winter Park, Colo. Fourteen teenage patients with limb differences are given the opportunity to discover the joy of skiing and snowboarding, while gaining confidence with lifelong friends.

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!