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TSRHC Announces 2015 Junior Race Director for the Dallas Marathon

Cade Gibson age 17 of Tioga_24Each year, a Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) patient serves as the Junior Race Director for the Dallas Marathon, representing the thousands of children treated at the hospital. 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 2015 Junior Race Director, Cade!

Cade Gibson age 17 of Tioga_01

Cade, age 17, moved from Idaho to Tioga, Texas, when he was in 8th grade. He loves participating in the rodeo, and Cade visited TSRHC for the first time in 2011 after breaking his leg bull riding. Cade has returned a few times since then because of two more rodeo injuries. He loves that TSRHC feels like a family and enjoys the close relationships the staff and patients share with each other.

Cade stays busy. In addition to rodeo, Cade is quarterback and linebacker for Tioga High School. He also plays baseball, basketball and track and fishes. Currently he has college offers for football and rodeo. He would like to be a large animal vet and hopes to attend veterinary school at Texas A&M or LSU. Cade is thrilled to have the opportunity to give back to Scottish Rite Hospital and serve as the 2015 Junior Race Director for this year’s Dallas Marathon.

For more information about Cade, watch WFAA’s Dallas Marathon Moment.

We invite you to join our team of fundraisers on behalf of the Junior Race Director and all the patients of TSRHC through our Crowdrise page.

Dallas_Marathon_Logo_1971**TSRHC has been the primary beneficiary of the Dallas Marathon since 1997. This year’s event will take place on Sunday, December 13. 

What do you say when your young athlete wants to take a supplement? – TSRHC Sports Medicine

Make sure you know the basics about nutrition and supplements before you answer.

bikeWhat are Supplements?

Individual vitamins, minerals, herbs and botanicals, amino acids and enzymes found in tablet, capsule or powder form added to a normal diet. These can be sold individually, or within products like shake mixes or energy bars. Typically, young athletes look to supplements to improve speed, strength or stamina.

Are Supplements Safe for Young Athletes?

Young athletes should eat a variety of nutrients in their natural form as part of a well-balanced diet. Some athletes, under the direction of a sports dietitian or sports doctor, may need to supplement a normal diet for very specific reasons. In general, adding supplements without proper guidance is risky business.

Before You Decide

Unfortunately, supplements are not regulated in the same way our food and drugs are regulated in America. So, just because the label makes a promise, there may not be evidence to back up the claim. More importantly, there are risks associated with these products that should raise red flags for parents. In fact, most test groups for supplements do not include a young population. Because of this, Shane Miller, M.D. wants parents to understand that we really don’t know the effects of supplements on young athletes.

Before You Buy

If together, you and your child and his or her doctor, decide a supplement is needed, there are some organizations that can help you find a safe, quality option. They screen supplements for banned ingredients such as steroids, hormones and stimulants. These organizations offer quality testing and provide a seal of approval if the supplement meets their requirements and if the facilities are in compliance with the Federal Drug Administration’s Good Manufacturing Practices:

For more information on nutrition for young athletes, download our PDF or read more at scottishritehospital.org/sports.

Annual Golf Event and Auction Selects TSRHC as Beneficiary

On October 22, the Frisco office of Ebby Halliday Realtors will hold its seventh annual charity golf tournament at Frisco’s Stonebriar Country Club, with all tournament proceeds helping fund a new ambulatory care center at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC)’s new Frisco campus. While spots to play in the tournament are sold out, you can still participate by attending the awards dinner and silent auction beginning at 6 p.m. at Stonebriar.

Celebrate With the Golfers

CLA_9649Golfers will be greeted with a gourmet lunch and then sent out on the course at noon for a shotgun start. As they finish their rounds and return to the clubhouse, they’ll be served cocktails beginning at 5 p.m.

The awards dinner will begin at 6 p.m. and both golfers and non-golfers are invited to attend. Awards will honor the best team in the tournament, the longest drive and the closest to the pin. After the meal, the silent auction will begin.

Tickets for both the awards dinner and auction are $35 per person or auction only tickets are available for $10 per person.

Great Time for a Great Cause

Every penny of the money raised at the charity golf tournament will help fund the TSRHC’s new ambulatory care center in Frisco. The new campus will serve as the site of day surgeries and outpatient care for children.

TSRHC hopes to open its new Frisco ambulatory care center in 2017. With your support, you can help TSRHC reach its goal and care for even more children with orthopedic conditions.

School and sports schedules: More of a marathon than a dash – TSRHC Sports Medicine

MarathonIt’s well known that physical activity, good nutrition and good sleep can positively affect school performance. However, many of today’s young athletes have busy schedules that leave little time for sleep and school work.

Sports and extra-curricular activities often take priority on the calendar. To enjoy the season, and to get the most out of these activities, it helps to stay ahead of the game by planning in advance not just for athletics, but for rest, good meals and schoolwork, too. Staying on top of things helps young athletes from feeling stressed or falling behind. 

Things to help kids stay on track:

  • Enter important dates (including tests and projects) on a calendar at the beginning of the school year.
  • Set goals and deadlines for completing weekly homework or tasks.
  • Encourage consistency with bedtimes.
  • Take the time to eat breakfast and review a to-do list at the start of each day.
  • Prioritize activities.
  • Make time for fun activities and family time as well as down time for rest and relaxation.
  • Use time wisely by doing homework during travel time and slow time at sporting events.

Check out more tips for young and growing athletes here, tsrhc.org/sports.

TSRHC Launches Second Round of “Moments” Campaign Commercials

Last October, we launched our first ever brand campaign titled “Moments.” The new multimedia campaign includes regional television spots created by Dallas independent The Richards Group. In addition to TV, the campaign encompasses radio, out-of-home, digital and print advertising.

We are excited to unveil the second round of commercials, print ads and digital ads.

Autumn-Rose’s Moment

Autumn-Rose endured nagging hip pain for most of her life before being referred to TSRHC where she was diagnosed with and treated for hip dysplasia. Now she enjoys participating on her high school track team, cheerleading squad and shares her pain-free smile on the pageant circuit as well, where she inspires others who are overcoming medical hardships.

Courtney’s Moment

Naturally Courtney’s parents became concerned when she was diagnosed with scoliosis in the 5th grade. But after treatment at TSRHC, the Grand Prairie 14-year-old was able to perfect the back flip that landed her on the freshman cheerleading squad. More importantly, she grew taller than her mom.

Mabeth’s Moment

Mabeth has been a patient at TSRHC since 2010 after he suffered an all terrain vehicle accident that led to the amputation of his right leg. His resilience was apparent when, two weeks later, he was re-learning to walk with a prosthetic leg that the hospital made for him. Despite the pain, Mabeth was determined to overcome the challenge to walk again AND continue to be a star on the soccer field —and he did.

Where You Can Watch The Commercials

Below are some highlights of where our commercials will be running this season in the Dallas area. Be sure to set your DVRs!

WFAA/Channel 8 – ABC Affiliate

Good Morning America, Good Morning Texas, Morning and evening newscasts.
Holiday Specials: A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving, A Charlie Brown Christmas, Shrek the Halls

KTVT/Channel 11 – CBS Affiliate

CBS morning and evening newscasts, TXA 21 high school football broadcasts. Holiday Specials: CBS Thanksgiving Parade, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, Frosty the Snowman/Frosty Returns and Flight Before Christmas.

KXAS/Channel 5 – NBC Affiliate

Holiday Specials: Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, The Wiz! Live.

2016 Olympics: Rio Summer Olympics, Rio Paralympics.


PBS Kids Block

**View more information and other related materials from the “Moments” brand campaign on our website.

Planning Your Visit to TSRHC

Taking a child to the hospital is never easy. You have travel to consider and lodging reservations to make, coupled with the stress every parent feels when a child is afraid of the unknown. Thankfully, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) makes the experience easier for everyone.

A Different Kind of Hospital

Front Desk TSRHC

From the moment you walk into Scottish Rite Hospital and smell the popcorn, you know that this hospital was designed to welcome children of all ages. Expert staff and volunteers are here to encourage patient families from the moment they enter, while special touches like the smell of popcorn and the brightly colored Crayon Café cater to the child in all of us.

Cafeteria at TSRHC

TSRHC’s dietary department adheres to the latest nutritional standards in each dining facility, working with families to meet special dietary needs or restrictions. The hospital’s whimsical gift shop provides books, toys, apparel and other gift ideas that can make patients feel more at home. TSRHC even goes above and beyond with its Child Life services, which focus on the emotional, social, developmental and educational needs of both child and teenage patients, helping to reduce their fears and promote coping during each hospital visit.

From start to finish, TSRHC helps prepare and support children and their families for medical procedures, educating them about the diagnosis and teaching coping techniques. Child Life specialists engage your child in medical play and provide outlets for self-expression. Hospital staff also offers support to siblings, who are often overlooked when a brother or sister requires special medical care.

Recreational Amenities

Activities at TSRCH

TSRHC provides therapeutic recreation, which helps children with chronic conditions or disabilities develop skills through leisure activities. These activities may involve golf, dance, adapted cycling, basketball, tennis, etc.

In addition to these hospital amenities, TSRHC also offers pastoral care, an on-site pharmacy, the T. Boone Pickens Training and Conference Center, Allan Shivers Park, and the Jas. F. Chambers Jr. Youth Fitness Park. These safe outdoor areas feature basketball goals, tennis courts, walking and wheeling trails, a putting green, bocce ball court, pavilion, disc golf baskets, and green spaces. Play equipment is also available for families to check out between the hours of 8 a.m. and 8 p.m.

Lodging for Family Stays

TSRHC is located at 2222 Welborn St. in Dallas, Texas, north of downtown and next to Reverchon Park. To ensure all families are comfortable during their stay in the area, TSRHC has partnered with several area hotels to offer special discounts for TSRHC patients. In addition, TSRHC works with the Ronald McDonald House, which provides temporary lodging for families who live more than 40 miles from Dallas.

As a leading pediatric center, TSRHC welcomes children from birth up to age 18 regardless of the family’s ability to pay. With state-of-the-art treatments, child life and family services, family resources, and discount lodgings, TSRHC strives to make its facility available to any child in need.

Trick or Treat? No — Truck or Treat!

Halloween’s arrival brings jack-o’-lanterns, spider webs, and more spooky fun, but the arrival of Halloween also means the time has come for the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children’s annual Truck or Treat event. Hosted by the hospital’s Crayon Club, Truck or Treat brings together some of Halloween’s beloved traditions — plus a few more attractions.


Forget the Tricks, Enjoy Some Treats

Truck or Treat will take place at TSRHC’s Jas. F. Chambers, Jr. Youth Fitness Park on Tuesday, October 27, from 7 to 9 p.m. Crayon Club invites you to join the festivities, which will include pumpkin decorating, lawn games and live musical entertainment by Larson & the Law. Guests can munch on sandwiches, sliders and quesadillas from The Butcher’s Son food truck and custard from Super Chix.

During Truck or Treat, attendees can also take a guided tour of the hospital and hear testimonials from two current staff members to learn how TSRHC helps children with orthopedic and neurological disorders.

Staff Joanna Pool, Andrea Brown

TSRHC Staff Joanna Pool and Andrea Brown will be speaking about their experiences working at TSRHC.

Support a Good Cause for the Community

Even if you are not a member of Crayon Club, individuals dedicated to improving the lives of children can find community at Truck or Treat and network with like-minded people.

If you want to attend the event, you can buy tickets in advance at tsrhc.org/truckortreat for $20 if you’re a Crayon Club member or $25 for non-members. Ticket price will increase at the door. Invite your friends, colleagues, and family members to join you in support of this important children’s resource in the Dallas community.

All proceeds from the Truck or Treat event will benefit TSRHC and its care services for patients and pumpkins decorated will be given to the patients for Halloween. Since the hospital treats children regardless of the family’s ability to pay, proceeds from events like Truck or Treat help ensure that no families are denied quality medical care for their children.


Learn About Crayon Club

Crayon Club is an organization founded through TSRHC that unites young professionals who want to make a difference in children’s lives. The organization focuses on three goals: education, philanthropy, and volunteerism. Members are heavily involved in the community as well as TSRHC’s community and outreach endeavors.

If you’re interested in joining Crayon Club, visit tsrhc.org/crayonclub for more information or to purchase tickets for Truck or Treat.

Fall Spine Symposium is Friday, October 30

The 12th Annual Fall Spine Symposium will be held on Friday, Oct. 30, in the T. Boone Pickens Training and Conference Center at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The symposium is open to all orthopedic surgeons, primary care physicians and other allied health professionals, but the course material will emphasize pediatric orthopedic surgery with a focus on early onset scoliosis. The event welcomes visiting professor Dr. Muharrem Yazici, professor of orthopedics at Hacettepe University in Ankara, Turkey, who will present the day’s lectures. In addition to Yazici, hospital staff will also be making presentations throughout the day, making this symposium a worthwhile event for any practitioner to attend.

Fall Spine Symposium

Goals and Objectives

By the end of the TSRHC Fall Spine Symposium, participants will be familiar with recent developments in pediatric orthopedics. They will be able to identify treatment options for early onset scoliosis and describe recent advances in pediatric orthopedics at TSRHC. The overreaching goal of this symposium is for participants to be better informed about state-of-the-art management approaches to spine deformities in pediatric patients.


This event is accredited, having been implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas of Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center has designated this activity to carry a maximum of eight hours of AMA PRA Category 1 Credits. Off-label or unapproved uses may be discussed during presentations, but speakers will tell the audience when such a discussion occurs.

Fall Spine Symposium

Fall Spine Symposium

Lodging and Registration

Several hotels are located near the hospital for lodging convenience, but discounts are available at the Holiday Inn Dallas Market Center and the Warwick Melrose Hotel when you mention TSRHC when you make your reservation. Thanks to its convenient location downtown, participants of the symposium can enjoy the sites of downtown Dallas, including a variety of entertainment, shopping, and dining options.

Questions about the 2015 Fall Spine Symposium should be directed to Louise Hamilton at 214-559-7556 or Phyllis Cuesta at 214-559-7604. The T. Boone Pickens Training and Conference Center is located in TSRHC at 2222 Welborn St., Dallas, TX 75219.

The registration fee is $150. Current TSRHC staff and physicians in training are also encouraged to register and participate. For more information, visit community.tsrhc.org/FallSpine.

Evolution of Cooking for Christ – San Angelo Sporting Clay Shoot

Ever wonder who makes the delicious food for all the hungry participants at the San Angelo Clay Shoot? We sat down with Ed Probandt, one of the cooks for Cooking for Christ to find out how this group got started.

How did you first get involved and start cooking for the clay shoot? Why?

In 2000, several of us got on the board of the West Texas Boys Ranch and found ourselves cooking for them and other charity events. More and more help showed up and in 2006 we began cooking breakfast for the Scottish Rite clay shoot. We noticed Dan Davidson was working like a rented mule, so we offered our help. Soon after, Dan turned the whole deal over to us.

In 2007, we built the big tan pit and by the grace of God, Cooking for Christ was established. It has come to pass that organization and teamwork are paramount. No one in this group pats themselves on their back or toots their horn. We just want to be known as those guys in the back cutting up meat.

Can you share a recipe with us?

We don’t really have recipes or favorite dishes as we tout ourselves as COOKS not CHEFS. However, the group did decide come up with a couple things to share.

Rubens butter sauce: It’s easy and is good on every type of meat.


  • Half pound unsalted butter melted
  • Add 3-4 oz. Heinz 57 steak sauce
  • montreal steak seasoning.


  • Melt and stir together
  • Brush on pork chop, steak, or whatever meat as soon as it comes off grill
  • Cover and let set a minute or so and dig in



  • Lightly season with a mix of garlic powder salt and pepper. Don’t over season!
  • Cook at medium heat (200-250 degrees) for 2 hours or so till you see the bones start to poke out
  • Rub em down with your favorite BBQ sauce (we like Sweet Baby Ray’s on pork)
  • Wrap in foil and cook for about another hour
  • Let them rest in the foil off the heat for 10 min. then dig in

What’s the process for preparing all of the food for the clay shoot?

The day before the shoot we will gather up all the groceries. We crack all the eggs in tubs and cook the meats for the breakfast, then put it all in a cool vault. This helps speed things along the next morning. The day of the shoot, we will get breakfast going and put on half the rib eyes around 7 am. The other half will go on a few hours later. We will start cooking the shrimp around this time as well. One tip on shrimp boil is put a stick of butter in the boiling water. This helps the tails pull off easier, when enjoying them.

What’s your favorite thing to cook?

You ask what our favorite thing is to cook…. It has to be the prime rib and shrimp lunch for the clay shoot. This is a very special event for us and we thank the hospital for letting us be involved. We want folks to go home full and happy. After years of competition cooking (and no winning), we found a hug beats a trophy any day!

In case you missed it – Sports Concussion – TSRHC Sports Medicine

UntitledShane Miller, M.D. represented Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children Sports Medicine practice at the CON-TEX Concussion Network Kickoff Brunch to introduce a new concussion research initiative. This project, the first of its kind in the country, will collect information on sports-related head injuries in children and adults. In time, this information will give the medical community a deeper insight into concussions and brain injuries. CON-TEX presenters shared information about the new program as well as the latest research on sports-related concussions. Dr. Miller was the main speaker for pediatric topics.

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The following are the main things parents, coaches and providers should know about young athletes and concussions:

  • Concussions are brain injuries and should be taken seriously.
  • When in doubt, sit them out. Don’t play if a concussion is suspected.
  • Young brains take longer to heal than adults’ – don’t rush recovery.
  • Athletes should be symptom free before slowly returning to sports.
  • Returning to play too early puts athletes at risk of a more serious injury.

If you and your child’s pediatrician need help determining when to go back to sports after a concussion, contact Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children to request an appointment with Dr. Miller.

For more information on sports-related concussions, or to make an online appointment request, check out scottishritehospital.org/sports.