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Crayon Club Character Breakfast

No matter how old you are, there is something magical about meeting your favorite characters. It is why so many people flock to Comic-Con events, and it is why the Crayon Club Character Breakfast at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children is an annual smash. What is the event, and how did it get started?

A Magical Morning

Kids who attended the Crayon Club Character Breakfast on June 27 didn’t mind getting up early on a Saturday morning. The over-all excitement is contagious as children get to feast their eyes on their favorite characters. What’s even better is that the kids get to interact with the characters as the fictional icons serve up a delicious breakfast.

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A Character Extravaganza

Whether they’re dying to hang out with Batman or simply must take a photo with Elsa, a child’s character dreams come true at our Crayon Club Character Breakfast. Everyone who attends the event is encouraged to dress up, and, after breakfast, those costumes are put to good use. Kids receive a special autograph book and pen, so they can float around the room and collect the signatures of their favorite heroes and princesses. In addition to the autograph party, there was also face-painting stations and other awesome activities.

Something for Parents

The Crayon Club Character Breakfast isn’t just for kids. The event included a silent auction for parents. They were able to bid on items like tickets to sporting events, family photography packages and other family-friendly prizes.

How It Started

The Crayon Club Character Breakfast started back in 2013 as the brainchild of Dorothy McGowan and Natalie Womble, members of Crayon Club. They wanted young professionals to be able to support the hospital in a way that could also open a door for them to get in touch with children in the community.

The Character Breakfast is unique in that it is really all about the children. It gives Crayon Club members a special opportunity to feel the personal satisfaction that comes from volunteering.


Join Us Next Time

The Crayon Club Character Breakfast is a special annual event at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, and it plays a role in helping the hospital continue its good work in treating pediatric orthopedics. Thank you to everyone who attended this year’s event! Stay up to date on next year’s Character Breakfast event and all our other special events by following TSRHC Events on Facebook and Twitter.

Understanding Pediatric Rheumatology

Pediatric rheumatology is a medical discipline that strives to address arthritis and other rheumatic conditions in children. What does pediatric rheumatology involve? What causes rheumatic conditions in children? What can doctors do to help?

Rheumatology—An Overview

Rheumatologists deal a lot with arthritis, but “arthritis” is a broad term that takes in more than a hundred unique conditions.

Doctors will diagnose rheumatic conditions by taking note of symptoms such as swelling and stiffness in the joints, a limited range of motion, and pain in the joints, muscles or other bodily structures. Some conditions may also come with fever, weakness or rash. A skilled rheumatologist will make note of all symptoms and perform tests to determine which condition is affecting the child.

Examples of Rheumatic Conditions

There are many more rheumatic conditions than listed here, but some of the most common conditions that we treat at TSRHC include:

  • Juvenile arthritis
  • Scleroderma
  • Vasculitis
  • Dermatomyositis:

Other reasons for referral may include:

  • · Prolonged joint swelling or pain
  • · Non-traumatic musculoskeletal pain
  • · Weakness
  • · Rash
  • · Fever of unknown origin

Causes of Rheumatic Conditions in Children

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Scientists have yet to pinpoint the exact causes for most rheumatic conditions. However, there are several factors that may play a role in the occurrence of these diseases. Genetics, trauma, infection, certain hormones, strenuous wear and tear on joints, and metabolic disturbances could all have something to do with the onset or worsening of rheumatic conditions.

Pediatric Rheumatology and TSRHC

In 1956, the hospital established one of the country’s first pediatric rheumatology clinics. Today the clinic is led by internationally recognized pediatric rheumatologist Marilynn Punaro, M.D. TSRHC’s rheumatology clinic is widely recognized as one of the nation’s premier clinical treatment and research centers for rheumatic conditions, including juvenile arthritis, dermatomyositis and scleroderma.

For more information about becoming a patient at TSRHC, please visit www.tsrhc.org/becoming-a-patient or contact our patient access department at (214) 559-7477.

Meet the Prevou family, whose struggle with an advanced form of arthritis led researchers at TSRHC to conduct a genetic study of the disease. The study resulted in better treatment methods for the three Prevou brothers, all now in college, and others suffering from PAPA syndrome.

Fore The Love of the Game

At Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children a key component of our mission is to treat the whole child, not just their medical condition. Learn to Golf is one of the cornerstones of therapeutic recreation here at the hospital. Ten clinics are held at golf courses around the state, where specially trained golf professionals teach our physically challenged patients the fundamentals of the game, including swinging, safety and etiquette.

More than 1,200 patients have reaped the rehabilitative benefits since the program was launched, including some who have gone on to become members of their school golf teams or gotten involved in their local PGA, LPGA and United States Golf Association junior golf programs.

Besides free instruction, participants who don’t own clubs receive a free set. Kids are also eligible for scholarships that provide funding for involvement in local junior golf programs.

Hospital friends such as Gary Pickle, a local instructor and club maker, have helped patients like Dagem Adehena by making specialized clubs paid for by the hospital’s Learn to Golf program. Since participating in the program, Dagem’s passion for golf has continued to grow. Watch as we follow his journey and see what he’s up to today.


Stop Overuse Injuries Before They Stop You – TSRHC Sports Medicine

UntitledThere are two types of injuries. Acute injuries, which occur suddenly and typically with a single event; and overuse injuries, which are caused by a gradual wearing down over a period of time. With overuse injuries, body tissues become inflamed with repetitive stresses caused by actions like running, jumping and throwing. In some cases, these actions/stresses cause permanent changes and damage. The stress may come from forceful impact with the ground, stretching of sensitive tissues in growing bones or overstretching of soft tissues around the joints. To protect the tissues, resting from the stressful activity is a must, and sometimes other treatment is required. Philip Wilson, M.D. says, “With the right action plan, overuse injuries and long-term complications can be avoided.”

Tips for all young athletes to prevent overuse injuries

  • Focus on proper form. Seek advice from experts to learn proper form. More importantly, stop practicing when fatigue leads to changes in form.
  • Recognize warning signs of overuse injury: pain, swelling and poor form. When these things happen, immediately take a break.
  • Keep a balanced training schedule. Each week, save a day or two for rest. Or switch to different activities that emphasize different body parts and training intensity levels.
  • Participate in more than one sport. Changing movements and training patterns helps to reduce the risk of injury as well as assist with overall athletic development.
  • Know your sport and the risks associated with it. Sports like baseball, volleyball and running are more likely to cause overuse injuries than contact and cutting sports like football, soccer and lacrosse (acute injuries are more common with these).

For information about TSRHC’s Center for Excellence in Sports Medicine, please visit our website at tsrhc.org/sports.

TSRHC Patient Autumn-Rose Encourages Others to Dream Big

After years of hip pain, Autumn-Rose and her mom knew something wasn’t quite right. Through her years of running track at Coronado High School, Autumn-Rose had experienced pain so intense in her hip that sometimes she couldn’t even walk. Doctor after doctor, every answer was different and no one seemed to be able to resolve the issue. Finally, a Lubbock orthopedist diagnosed Autumn-Rose with hip dysplasia and referred her to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children where Chief of Staff Dr. Daniel Sucato performed surgery in January 2012.

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Autumn-Rose did not let this obstacle hold her back. After surgery, she quickly returned to the activities that she loves, like running track, cheering for both her school and a competitive squad, and competing in beauty pageants. She was crowned Miss Limestone County Outstanding Teen and won the Miss South Texas Outstanding Teen pageant.

Autumn-Rose chose to make the most of her days in the spotlight at beauty pageants by empowering other young people. She used her platform, “Dream Big: Overcoming Medical Hardships,” to talk about her experience with hip dysplasia and encourage others to dream big and live fearlessly.

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Autumn-Rose will attend Sam Houston State University in Huntsville this fall, majoring in forensic chemistry. She has made the cheer squad and will cheer for the Sam Houston Bearkats at their football and basketball games. This summer she took time off from Miss Texas to be a counselor at Ceta Canyon Christian Church Camp.


It Helps to Hydrate – TSRHC Sports Medicine

Do you ever feel sluggish or unable to focus during a practice or game? Are you frustrated because you know you have gotten ample sleep, have eaten well, and have had great practices up until now?  When you feel this way, do you question why?

UntitledThe answer may be in what you are drinking… or not drinking.

During and after events, the body needs water to

–       Sweat to keep the body cool
–       Keep energy levels up
–       Be alert and stay focused
–       Recover optimally

A dehydrated athlete may also feel early fatigue, headache and decreased focus and attention, all of which may hinder performance during the event.

If you are feeling any of these things, it may be time to take a look at your hydration plan.  How much, when, and what are you drinking?

A few simple rules to follow for optimal hydration are:

  • Drink water throughout the day.
    • Start your event hydrated!
  • Drink plenty of water during and after the event as well.
    • This will help the athlete maintain a safe body temperature and enable quick recovery.
  • Know other ways to hydrate when water is not enough.
    • Try drinking milk or fresh fruit smoothies.
    • Try eating yogurt, fresh fruits like grapes, apples, & oranges and fresh vegetables like bell peppers, spinach, cucumbers, and broccoli. 

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To learn more about the best ways to hydrate, take a look at our PDF on hydration and talk with your doctor, athletic trainer, or sports dietitian to help build a hydration plan that is right for you.

For information about TSRHC’s Center for Excellence in Sports Medicine, please visit our website at tsrhc.org/sports.

TSRHC and the Learn to Golf Program

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) has been providing pediatric orthopedic care to the region for more than 90 years. In addition to offering numerous services for children with orthopedic conditions, TSRHC provides patients with ancillary recreational therapy, such as our Learn to Golf Program. Learn more about how this unique program helps patients reclaim their childhood through education, engagement and recreation.

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Program History

Established in 1998, the TSRHC Learn to Golf Program is a key component of the hospital’s therapeutic recreation department. Using the National Amputee Golf Association’s First Swing program as a guide, TSRHC designed a clinic that introduces patients to the rehabilitative benefits of golf. In 2000, Learn to Golf was formally recognized by the United States Golf Association with a multi-year grant to fund expanded program offerings. Since its launch, more than 1,200 children have participated in the Learn to Golf Program.

Golf Instruction

Throughout each clinic session, golf instructors are on hand to teach participants about the technical components of the game, such as driving, chipping and putting. In addition, basic golf rules, safety and etiquette are explained so that kids feel comfortable playing a full game after completing the clinic. Each of the instructors involved in the program has received specialized training for teaching golf to patients with physical disabilities.

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Clinic Benefits

For patients, the Learn to Golf program offers a hands-on introduction to a physical activity they can enjoy for the rest of their lives. It helps children to growth both socially and physically by meeting other kids and learning to enjoy recreational activities despite their physical challenges. These patients are able to push themselves to try new things in a safe and supportive environment. Most importantly, it instills confidence and provides a great deal of fun and enjoyment.

Locations and Eligibility

The Learn to Golf program offers local clinics, each consisting of a half-day session. Since the program’s inception, TSRHC has offered clinics in cities throughout Texas, including Austin, Bullard, Fort Worth, Plano, Dallas, Wichita Falls, Lewisville, Lubbock, Grand Prairie, Denison, Waco, Longview, San Antonio and Odessa.

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All patients at TSRHC ages six and older are invited to participate in the Learn to Golf Program. In some cases, the program is able to provide adaptive equipment to help children with certain orthopedic or neurological challenges, such as scoliosis, clubfoot, hand disorders, hip disorders, limb length differences spina bifida and cerebral palsy. Trained instructors use other innovative methods to ensure that all children are able to participate in the program.

Through the Learn to Golf program, hundreds of children have discovered that their physical challenges don’t have to hold them back from fulfilling, fun activities. This program continues to help more pediatric orthopedic patients year after year through therapeutic recreation.

TSRHC Welcomes new Vice President of Human Resources

Connie Wright has joined the staff of TSRHC as our new vice president of human resources. Wright comes from Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital of Dallas, where she was a human resources officer since 2010. Before that, she was executive director of human resources at Richardson Regional Medical Center, now Methodist Richardson Medical Center.

Connie WrightAt Presbyterian, Wright’s team focused on a high performance environment where people, learning and fun were the priorities. This resulted in an employee-centric culture that garnered engagement scores at the 99th percentile nationally, the Press Ganey Beacon of Excellence Award and numerous Best Places to Work accolades.

Wright is thrilled to be in an environment where she can contribute to the welfare of children. “My passion is children – both my own and those I have helped through volunteer roles,” she says. “I love the mission of ‘giving children back their childhood.’ It’s powerful and emphasizes the importance of the work we do here at Scottish Rite Hospital. I have already picked up on the sense of community and family. It feels like home.”

“Connie’s passion and professionalism makes her the perfect fit for our expert, caring approach to helping children with pediatric orthopedic conditions,” said TSRHC President and CEO Robert L. Walker. “That culture extends from our physicians, nurses, technicians and researchers to the entire staff. Connie is here to ensure that we continue to improve support for our world-class medical team.”

Wright earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Texas at Austin, and a master’s in business administration from Texas Women’s University in Denton.

Welcome, Connie!!

What turns a young athlete into a lifelong athlete? – TSRHC Sports Medicine

Various specialties have studied the characteristics that make a young athlete stick with his or her sport. From a psychological perspective, those who think sports are fun are more likely to continue to participate in sports and later, lead a healthier lifestyle that includes physical activity.

softballAround 12 or 13 years old, athletes progress to a more competitive sport environment and the pressures really start to grow. Winning, or being the best, becomes more important as elite team tryouts and college scholarship dreams come into play.

According to TSRHC Psychology Fellow and Sport Psychologist, Dr. Erica Force, this is the window of time where athletes begin to drop out of sports completely. “To keep our kids participating in physical activity for the long term, it’s important for parents to foster a positive and fun environment. Parents can do that by asking questions that focus on effort and hard work rather than only asking questions about results of the competition.”

Here are some ideas to help shift the conversation from negative to positive:

  • Be a good listener and offer encouragement regardless of the outcome of a game
  • Keep your own emotions under control
  • Ask about their experience while playing:
    • Did you put forth your best effort?
    • Did you have fun?
    • Did you help your team?
    • Were you a good sport?

For information about TSRHC’s Sports Medicine Center, please visit our website at tsrhc.org/sports. For information on TSRHC’s Psychology Department, please visit tsrhc.org/psychology.

Chipotle is offering 50% of proceeds to TSRHC on Wednesday, June 17

This Wednesday, June 17, Chipotle is offering 50% of their proceeds to benefit Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children!

Just go to any Dallas/Fort Worth area Chipotle on Wednesday from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. with this flyer (either printed or shown on your mobile device) or tell your cashier that you’re supporting Texas Scottish Rite Hospital.

It’s as easy as that! Enjoy your lunch and thank you for dining in support of TSRHC!

For locations, please visit www.chipotle.com.