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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.

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!

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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.

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.

Karen Apple, a True Hometown Hero

TSRHC Volunteer

In the movie “Pearl Harbor,” Jimmy Doolittle states, “there is nothing stronger than the heart of a volunteer.” If this is true than there is nothing much stronger than TSRHC Volunteer Karen Apple’s heart. She has been volunteering at the hospital for over six years after retiring from technical sales with IBM.

A culture of volunteerism runs deep in her family from her parents to her devoted husband. While she still has fun and heads out on her Harley at times, she has logged more than 3,800 volunteer hours with Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.

So what drives her passion as an exemplary volunteer? She believes that giving back only brings her a sense of fulfillment and purpose in life. Even when she is simply handing out stickers, she knows that her job is helping children smile and ultimately heal.

Doing Your Part

While she volunteers multiple times a week, she also serves on the volunteer executive committee as well as the silent auction committee. Both of these groups help with donations to TSRHC.

Apple is all about getting the patients to their appointments and there is just nothing quite like seeing them after they have recovered. That is what has kept her coming back these past six years and she plans on serving just as much in the future.

For those who are interested in volunteering at TSRHC, there are a number of ways to be of service.  There is a weekday program which is there to help make the hospital’s atmosphere fun, friendly, and relaxing. There is also an evening program where volunteers set up activities.

If you are interested in volunteering, you can visit our volunteer page and find out more.

See the original story that aired as part of Clarice Tinsley’s Hometown Hero segment on Dallas’ Fox 4 here.

Photo Credit: Fox 4 News

Local Superheroes Visit TSRHC Patients

TSRHC VolunteeringBatman and Superman paid a visit to TSRHC’s pediatric orthopedic patients recently. The patient’s faces were filled with surprise at the sight of the masked crusader and the man of steel, but instead of fighting crime, the superheroes were equipped with toys and comic books.

Many other superheroes filled the halls of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children on Tuesday, March 11th. They joked with kids, read stories, and passed out toys, all part of fraternity Beta Theta Pi’s charity event, Heroes for Hope.

That’s right, these superheroes were none other than students from the University of Texas—Arlington, all there to put a smile on a child’s face.

TSRHC Volunteering

Helping Make a Difference

The act of visiting the patients and spending quality time with them is far more rewarding than simply sending money, said Connor McGee, Beta Theta Pi recruitment chairman, who dressed as Batman.

Patients greeted the superheroes with shouts of joy and excitement. After all, it’s not every day that superheroes come to visit.

Seeing the joy on the patient’s faces made it worthwhile for many of the superheroes. Several participants said the experience is one they expect to carry with them for the rest of their lives.

The Heroes for Hope philanthropy is an annual tradition for Beta Theta Pi, and in addition to TSRHC they visited Cook Children’s Medical Center in Fort Worth on Thursday, March 13th.

These fraternity brothers got to dress up as superheroes for a day, but their act of charity is really what made them heroic to the patients at TSRHC.

Friends of Reverchon Park, Community to Gather to Clean up Historic Reverchon Park

WHO: Friends of Reverchon Park
City of Dallas Park and Recreation Department – West Region
Councilman Adam Medrano, District 2
Jesse Moreno, Park Board, District 2
Dallas Police Department
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children staff and volunteers
Arborilogical Services, Inc.

WHAT: Community volunteers will join Friends of Reverchon Park, a nonprofit corporation established to support the historic park, for the 16th Annual Reverchon Roundup held in Reverchon Park adjacent to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC). Volunteers will remove trash, spread mulch and clear underbrush and debris. Councilman Adam Medrano, District 2, will speak to community volunteers during the picnic lunch. TSRHC initiated the Reverchon Park Revitalization Project in 1998 to help make the park cleaner and safer for members of the Dallas/Fort Worth community. The hospital remains an active supporter of Reverchon Park revitalization efforts. Most recently, the Works Progress Administration (WPA) stonework has been beautifully restored.

WHEN: Saturday, March 1, 2014
9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. – Team leaders meeting
9:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. – Registration and orientation
10 a.m. to Noon – Park cleanup
Noon – Short program and picnic lunch courtesy of PlainsCapital Bank, Turtle Creek

WHERE: Reverchon Park
(Intersection of Maple Avenue and Turtle Creek Boulevard)
Parking is available at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
2222 Welborn Street (Corner of Oak Lawn and Maple Avenues)
Dallas, Texas 75219

ABOUT FRIENDS OF REVERCHON PARK: In 2005, a group of concerned citizens formally established Friends of Reverchon Park as a nonprofit corporation to unite the community in support of this historic Dallas landmark. Friends of Reverchon Park is dedicated to educating the community about the 46-acre park and raising funds for the restoration efforts. The group is currently working with the City of Dallas to implement the Reverchon Park Restoration and Development Plan. For more information, contact Lori Ashmore Peters at (214) 559-7202 or lpeters@ashmorelaw.com or visit www.reverchonparkfriends.com.

HOSPITAL INFORMATION: Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children is one of the nation’s leading pediatric centers for the treatment of orthopaedic conditions, certain related neurological disorders and learning disorders, such as dyslexia. Admission is open to children from birth up to 18 years of age. Patients receive treatment regardless of the family’s ability to pay. For more information, to volunteer or to make a donation, please call (214) 559-5000 or (800) 421-1121 or visit www.tsrhc.org.

West Texas A&M Students Help Design New Prosthetic

Young, energetic students at West Texas A&M are making great steps forward in both their chosen field of engineering and in helping their fellow Texans.  A group of four students spent a full semester working on a prosthetic hand designed for patients with Symbrachydactyly (a common hand and foot disorder).

The Idea

TSRHC collaborated with West Texas A&M engineering professor, Dr. Emily Hunt, with the idea of designing a new prosthetic hand.  Guided by Dr. Dwight Putnam of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, the students took up the project eagerly and were aided through this special project by Dr. Hunt and her 10-year-old daughter Aly who has Symbrachydactyly.

The Design

TSRHC Pediatric Orthopedics

The base design came from a prosthetist from South Africa who posted the design online for any who wished to download for free.  From there, the students worked the design carefully, using common tools including bungee cords, fishing line, and a 3-D printer.  Aly tested drafts of the design and gave the students feedback, helping them understand the needs and preferences of the patients who will actually use the prosthetic.

The design functions through simple muscle movement.  When Aly bends her wrist, the fingers close, when she straightens it, the fingers open.  Aly said it is easy to use and finds it very helpful.  What is even more impressive is that the hand can be produced for a mere $15!

The Human Element

The West Texas A&M students who worked on the project said it was a truly unique and inspiring project.  Engineering students rarely get to work on something that has such a significant impact on actual people with specific needs.

Working with the hospital, Dr. Hunt, and Aly, added a human element that increased the value and importance of their work.  Receiving instant patient feedback and suggestions helped them identify problems, improve the design, and ultimately become more successful engineers.  It was an experience they aren’t likely to forget and their work is sure to bless the lives of thousands of patients to come.

Photo Credit: Sean Steffen – Amarillo Globe News

Third Grade Student Publishes Book to Raise Money for TSRHC

As a seven year old with juvenile dermatomyositis (JDM), Emily Hough has accomplished more than most. While receiving treatment at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC), Emily had the idea to create sock monkeys for other children that were preparing for surgery.

Raising Money for TSRHC

Emily’s condition is an autoimmune dysfunction that affects just 3 out of 1 million children. Though it is rare it appears mostly in females.  JDM is often mistaken for muscular dystrophy as it has similar symptoms; however, in reality they are very different. The symptoms include muscle weakness, muscle inflammation, red rashes on the face, hands, and other major body joints, and calcium deposits under the skin.

These symptoms are products of the body’s immune system attacking its own blood vessels. Despite being a patient herself, Emily wanted to help others in the hospital, as well as help the hospital itself. Since establishing Emily’s Monkeys, she has had a few opportunities to donate her creations, but she continues to reach higher and higher.

Starting Small and Going Strong

Emily’s father Josh thought it would be a good idea to start a fundraiser, and where better than Emily’s favorite donut shop, The Hole Thing in Forney, Texas? They created special monkey-shaped donuts, doubled all of the proceeds, and delivered it to TSRHC.

Since then, Emily has not let her JDM hold her back. She co-wrote and published her first children’s book based on her sock monkeys and has been paying it forward ever since. Not only has she donated copies of the book to TSRHC and local schools, she is donating thirty percent of the book’s proceeds to three different charities: the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital, the Make-A-Wish Foundation and CureJM.

Photo Credit: Forney ISD Director of Communications Larry Coker