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Meet Dallas Marathon’s Junior Race Director – TSRHC Patient Ann-Elise

The one month countdown to the Dallas Marathon has begun! Each year, a TSRHC patient serves as the Junior Race Director, representing the thousands of children treated at the hospital each year. In this role, the Junior Race Director helps participants and sponsors understand how TSRHC benefits from the support of friends like the marathon. We are so excited to introduce you to our 2013 Junior Race Director, Ann-Elise!

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At first glance it is difficult to distinguish Ann-Elise, age 12, of North Richland Hills, from any other eighth grader in her class.  She enjoys riding her bike, playing tennis, reading adventure books and spending time with her friends. However, Ann-Elise spends 18 hours of each day in a back brace that goes virtually undetected by her peers.  She was recently diagnosed with scoliosis and as a result, she must wear a back brace, or orthosis, in an effort to stop the curvature from continuing.

Scoliosis is a progressive condition causing the spine to curve or twist into a “C” or “S” shape. It appears most often in adolescent girls (usually between the ages of 10-15) and has shown a tendency to run in families. Ranked by US News & World Report as the 2013 No. 1 Pediatric Orthopaedic program in the country, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) provides the highest quality care for patients like Ann-Elise and the 5,000 others who are treated for scoliosis each year.

In addition to frequent appointments with her doctors at TSRHC, Ann-Elise is also seen by the hospital’s Orthotics department, where she is fitted for a customized brace to help correct her scoliosis curve. TSRHC’s skilled orthotists carefully customize each brace to a patient’s specific needs and create the braces onsite at the hospital. The Orthotics department ensures that each device is not only comfortable for the patient to wear each day, but that it reflects each patient’s personality with custom designs, colors and artwork.

When asked what she likes most about TSRHC, Ann-Elise says she loves the friendly environment and staff. She was amazed by how much the staff at TSRHC listened to her concerns and took the time to know her personally, beyond the details surrounding her medical condition.

Ann-Elise is honored and excited to be the 2013 Junior Race Director for the metroPCS Dallas Marathon. “I can’t wait to cheer on the runners, especially my aunt and uncle,” she says. “They have always been so supportive of me.”

Ann-Elise is an excellent representation of the thousands of patients that are treated at TSRHC every year. With the help of the hospital she has no limits on what she can accomplish.

For more information about registering and volunteering for this year’s marathon visit:
www.dallasmarathon.com.

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It’s Time for Treasure Street, TSRHC’s Signature Fundraiser Event

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Once again, we’re pleased to announce that the 18th annual Treasure Street fundraiser will take place this Thursday, Oct. 17, on the grounds of the TSRHC campus.

The Treasure Street event is a key component of our mission to bring high-quality, state-of-the-art medical services to children with orthopaedic conditions. More importantly, the funds generated by events like Treasure Street allows us to take a multi-disciplinary approach to care; each child requires an individualized solution to their specific needs, regardless of his or her family’s ability to pay.

This year’s event brings back a “treasure street” of fantastic food, live music, a raffle and outstanding auction items. It will take place from 6:30-10:30pm; tickets cost $100 per person.  This year’s theme is “The Great State of Texas.” Tickets can be purchased online.

Families Helping Families

One of the reasons the Treasure Street event is so special to us is because it was created by the family of a former patient. Since its inception in 1996, the fundraiser has grown exponentially. In the first year, the event generated $150,000. But to date, the event has generated more than $8 million to help TSRHC families. Today, we consider the Treasure Street fundraiser our signature event.

This year’s event will likely be attended by more than 1,000 individuals that care about children’s health.

The 2013 chairs are state Rep. Dan Branch of Dallas and his wife, Stacey. The honorary chairs are philanthropists Dee and Dodge Carter. The chef chair is Janice Provost of Parigi.

How Can I Help?

There are many ways that you can be a part of Treasure Street.

If you are unable to attend on Thursday, you can still support Treasure Street by donating to Passion for the Patients. Donate to Treasure Street or TSRHC to commemorate any of life’s celebrations: birthdays, anniversaries, graduations and more. Or memorialize a friend, loved one or co-worker with your gift. And rest assured that your contribution goes precisely where it’s needed most – to promote the health and happiness of TSRHC kids!

But the easiest way to help is to buy a ticket and join us at Treasure Street for the festivities. We can’t wait to see you on Oct. 17!