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December: Max’s Moment to Shine

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Meet Max, age 9, of Arlington.

My Defining Moment:

Max’s mom, Virginia: TSRHC’s reputation gave us the confidence to adopt a child who had a prosthetic leg and hand differences.

My Moment to Remember:

We are always shown so much love and respect at the hospital. Our son is not just another appointment time or a number.

My Moment to Shine:

Max is a gifted artist. He was so excited when his drawing was selected as one of the hospital’s 2015 holiday card designs.

Give a Patient like Max a Moment to Shine – To support the hospital’s mission of giving children back their childhood, please call a TSRHC Development officer at 214-559-7650 or 800-421-1121, ext. 7650, or visit scottishritehospital.org/give.

Dallas Marathon Patient Spotlight: Grace, age 14, of Lucas

Since 2007, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children patients have helped encourage and cheer on the runners of the Dallas Marathon through the Patient Champion program. This program is a way to highlight some of the wonderful kids the marathon generously supports each year. This year, we are excited to introduce you to Grace!

GraceGrace, age 14, of Lucas, Texas, has been a patient at Scottish Rite Hospital since 2014, when she came for treatment of scoliosis. Grace wore a brace for two years but hasn’t let it slow her down.

Currently in 9th grade, Grace is musically inclined. She plays piano and violin in the Allen High School orchestra and takes singing lessons. Grace enjoys swimming and giving back to her community. She has also been a member of the National Junior Honor Society since 8th grade and plans to go into the medical field as a pathologist.

Grace’s upbeat, outgoing personality makes her the perfect mentor for younger kids. She was a junior volunteer at Scottish Rite Hospital this summer and plans to return next year. Recognizing her mentoring qualities, Grace’s school district chose her for the PAL® Peer Assistance and Leadership program. She also teaches kindergarteners and first-graders at her church.

We invite you to join our team of fundraisers on behalf of Patient Champions like James and Matthew and all the patients of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children through our crowdrise page.

 

 

One year after a new ACL, our Sports Medicine MVP is shining!

Nate for eblast copyNate Rogers tore his ACL in his debut of junior league hockey for the Philadelphia Little Flyers a U19-elite team. Dr. Philip Wilson reconstructed his ACL and Nate took his rehabilitation and training seriously. One month after his return, he was named one of the “Stars of the Week” for the Eastern Hockey League. His recognition came after an amazing weekend of games scoring three goals. We asked this Richardson native a few questions and here’s what he had to say:

When did you start playing hockey?

I started playing roller hockey when I was 6 and ice hockey when I was 9.

What are your dreams for your hockey career?

My long term goal is to play professional hockey but for now my goal is to play NCAA college hockey next year.

Since this area is home for you, are you still a Dallas STARS fan?

Yes, go Stars!

What do you remember about your experience with Dr. Wilson?

Only good things, he really helped me not only to get back to where I was before but to actually be stronger once I fully recovered.

What was the hardest thing to overcome after your injury and surgery?

The hardest thing to get back after surgery is confidence.

What advice do you have for young, injured athletes?

The harder you work the easier it gets.

For information about injury prevention and pediatric sports medicine, please visit our website at scottishritehospital.org/sports.

Dallas Marathon Patient Champion Spotlight: James and Matthew, age 13 of Plano

JamesSince 2007, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children patients have helped encourage and cheer on the runners of the Dallas Marathon through the Patient Champion program. This program is a way to highlight some of the wonderful kids the marathon generously supports each year. This year, we are excited to introduce you to James and Matthew!

James and Matthew, 13-year-old twins from Plano, received treatment for cerebral palsy and a seizure disorder, respectively, from the medical experts at Scottish Rite Hospital. These fun and energetic boys love their friendly medical team, as well as attending hospital events and eating the hospital’s famous popcorn.

James and Matthew love swimming, playing cards and listening to music. They both value helping others and serving their community. James is passionate about music, specifically rock, and dreams of becoming a professional cheerleader when he grows up. MatthewMatthew is the family funny man, who enjoys doing comical impersonations. When he grows up, he hopes to become a police officer in a K9 unit. James and Matthew are excited to support all the runners of the 2016 Dallas Marathon, including their dad and step mom.

We invite you to join our team of fundraisers on behalf of Patient Champions like James and Matthew and all the patients of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children through our crowdrise page.

Most Valuable “Patient” Leads His Team to State Basketball Title

For the past four years, patient Darius, age 18 of Lancaster, has had his eye on a specific goal – the basketball goal. When he was a high school freshman, his mom surprised him with a basketball and hoop for their home. Darius practiced religiously and became a phenomenal shooter, despite having a congenital hand difference.

Darius“He was leery about trying out for his high school team,” says Darius’ mom, Sequilla. “He could shoot but he couldn’t always get a good grip to catch the ball.”

Darius made the Lancaster Tigers Basketball team and worked countless hours to overcome the obstacles his hand difference presented. He advanced to the varsity team as a junior and became a starter and team captain his senior year.

“Darius has been an inspiration and a strong leader,” says Coach Ferrin Douglas. “The team doesn’t even notice his disability.”

When the Tigers made the state tournament this past spring, he helped lead his team to a second consecutive state title and was awarded Most Valuable Player of the tournament. He was also named to the 2016 All-Tournament team.

“I could not sit down the entire fourth quarter,” Sequilla says. “I had tears in my eyes thinking about all he went through.”

“When they announced my name as MVP, I cried tears of joy,” Darius says. “It felt good to know that I had helped my team.”

Darius graduated in May and is now pursuing basketball at Texas A&M Prairie View.

“I told him, ‘God chooses people for different reasons. There may come a time when your story helps someone else,” Sequilla says.

Dallas Marathon Patient Champion Spotlight: Gianna, age 7 of Dallas

Since 2007, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children patients have helped encourage and cheer on the runners of the Dallas Marathon through the Patient Champion program. This program is a way to highlight some of the wonderful kids the marathon generously supports each year. This year, we are excited to introduce you to Gianna!

GiannaGianna, age 7, of Hurst, came to Scottish Rite Hospital for the first time when she was less than two weeks old. She was born with a congenital hand difference.

Because of the world-renowned care she has received from the hospital’s Charles E. Seay, Jr. Hand Center, Gianna enjoys pursuing her passion for music. She is a member of the Suzuki Strings program at her school, where she plays the bass. Science is another field of interest for Gianna, who hopes to be a science teacher someday. She is a pleasure to be around, and when she becomes a teacher she will undoubtedly create a caring, nurturing atmosphere for her students. When Gianna visits the hospital, she says the staff makes her feel special; and that’s undoubtedly how she will make the runners feel as she cheers them on at the Dallas Marathon!

We invite you to join our team of fundraisers on behalf of Patient Champions like Gianna and all the patients of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children through our crowdrise page.

November: Cameron’s Moment to Shine

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Meet Cameron, age 4, of Corpus Christi.

My Defining Moment:

Cameron’s mom, Meredith: We came to TSRHC for developmental hip dysplasia. Cameron’s left hip was completely out of its socket.

My Moment to Remember:

Everybody there is so supportive and makes Cameron’s care the priority. She also loved the chocolate ice cream after surgery. J

My Moment to Shine:

Soccer is Cameron’s new favorite thing. I don’t think she would’ve been able to do that without treatment from TSRHC.

Give a Patient like Cameron a Moment to Shine – Your gift of $50 pays for a Pavlik harness, a fabric brace used to treat children with developmental dysplasia of the hip. To donate or learn more about TSRHC’s Center for Excellence in Hip Disorders, please visit scottishritehospital.org.

Sports Medicine MVP – Trinity

Trinity has been a patient of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children since she was an infant. Under the care of Dr. Daniel Sucato, Trinity was treated without surgery, for hip dysplasia. For many years, she had no symptoms or problems, but in her very active life, she began to have hip pain and Dr. Sucato referred her to Dr. Henry Ellis. His expertise in treating young athletes with hip problems was just what she needed. He performed a hip arthroscopy to treat a labral tear. She is recovering and is back to her activities without pain.

Trinity MVP

What is your favorite thing about playing sports?
The competition and adrenaline – not worrying about anything else but being in the moment.

What sport do you play?
I play golf, cross-country, baseball and soccer.

What is the best thing about playing on a team?
The fact that you are with a group of people just as crazy about the sport as you. Also, how it teaches you life skills, like working together that allow you to be a better team member.

What do you like to do when you’re not playing sports?
Mainly eating and sleeping but also playing with my sisters or catching a movie. I also love to read, I’m a huge book nerd.

What is your favorite subject in school?
History, I love American history and how people would do things without the technology we have today.

What is one sport you don’t play that you would like to try?
Lacrosse actually seems like a really cool sport to play. It’s kind of like baseball and soccer together. It just looks fun!

What is one thing you have learned through playing sports?
That it is a great way to mature and learn to be responsibly with your time. It also allows you to be challenged and I’m very competitive.

For more information about our Center for Excellence in Sports Medicine, visit scottishritehospital.org/sports.

October: Clayton’s Moment to Shine

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Meet Clayton, age 18, of Ravenna.

My Defining Moment:

I flipped a UTV (4-wheeler) and it landed on my leg. The hospital used the Ilizarov device to regrow the damaged bone.

My Moment to Remember:

When I learned they had dealt with this kind of accident before, it gave me confidence that I would get better.

My Moment to Shine:

TSRHC saved my leg. I was able to play baseball again and go back to welding corrals and working on our ranch.

Give a Patient like Clayton a Moment to Shine – Your gift of $350 helps cover the cost of care for a patient undergoing limb reconstruction. To donate or learn more about TSRHC’s Center for Excellence in Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction, please visit scottishritehospital.org.

September: Issac’s Moment to Shine

09_SEP_Issac_HiMeet Issac, age 3, of Mesquite.

My Defining Moment:

Issac’s mom, Shannon: Issac was born with clubfeet and we were scared. We are so grateful for our referral to TSRHC.

My Moment to Remember:

Issac celebrated his 3rd birthday in the hospital’s park. It also marked his first year without his “special” shoes.

My Moment to Shine:

TSRHC is a place of hope. They have given our little boy a chance at the life he deserves. Look out world, here he comes!

Give a Patient like Issac a Moment to Shine – Your contribution of $100 provides one pair of basic orthotic shoes for a child affected by clubfoot. To donate or learn more about TSRHC’s Center for Excellence in Clubfoot, please visit scottishritehospital.org.