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TSRHC Patient Clayton Gives Back

In 2010, at nine years old, Clayton was diagnosed with dermatomyositis, an autoimmune disease. Clayton’s doctor immediately referred him to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. After four years of treatment, Clayton has recently been able to conclude the last of his medications.

Clayton Davis Donation_02Despite the devastating symptoms and treatment for his condition, Clayton remained uncommonly stoic. His selfless attitude was delightfully clear every night as Clayton began his evening prayer with an appeal to heal the other kids in the hospital.

Clayton recently decided, on his own, to help other patients by contributing his $100 birthday money to TSRHC. Clayton’s remarkable gesture inspired his family and family friends to multiply his donation by hundreds of dollars.  He has designated these gifts to be applied toward dermatomyositis research and sending several kids to one of TSRHC’s camps.

According to Clayton’s family, the TSRHC staff did an incredible job both treating his illness and caring for them as a family. The need to help these kids is great. But, with caring people like Clayton and so many others who have supported the TSRHC over the years, many more young lives can be impacted.

Clayton’s attitude and faith have been a profound inspiration to those around him. His family’s hope is that his mission and his inspiration will continue to spread making an even bigger impact in the lives of these young ones and their families.

Thank you Clayton for your inspiring attitude and for giving back to TSRHC!

This Thursday is North Texas Giving Day!

Give us a hand to help our patients get ahead!  For one day only, a portion of your gift of $25 or more given to TSRHC online at https://www.northtexasgivingday.org/#npo/texas-scottish-rite-hospital-for-children will be matched.  Please join us in giving during North Texas Giving Day on Thursday, September 18th!

About North Texas Giving Day

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On September 18, 2014, donations can be made 6 a.m. to midnight to more than 1,600 certified nonprofits listed online. Donations $25 and above will be amplified by $2 million in bonus funds and prizes.

In just five years, North Texas Giving Day, powered by Communities Foundation of Texas, has pumped more than $60 million into the North Texas community. In 2013, Giving Day efforts generated more than 75,000 gifts totaling $25.2 million, benefiting more than 1,350 nonprofits.

Join in this year’s effort between the hours of 6 a.m. and midnight on Thursday, September 18. Make your online donation to TSRHC here! #NTXGivingDay

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital Welcomes 2014-15 Orthopaedic Fellows

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) is pleased to announce the arrival of the 2014-15 fellows from the Dorothy and Bryant Edwards Fellowship in Pediatric Orthopaedics and Scoliosis:

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L to R: Lise Leveille, M.D.; Franklin Gettys, M.D.; Megan Mignemi, M.D.; Kevin Smit, M.D.; and Lauren Lamont, M.D.

Franklin Gettys, M.D., received a B.S. degree in biochemistry and B.A. degree in chemistry at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Blacksburg, Virginia. He then earned a medical degree at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine in Columbia, S.C. Dr. Gettys completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C.

Lauren Lamont, M.D., received a B.S. degree in biology at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif. She then earned a medical degree at New York University School of Medicine in New York, N.Y. and completed a residency in orthopaedic surgery at Hospital for Special Surgery, New York, NY.

Lise Leveille, M.D., received a B.S. degree in engineering, Division of Biomechanical Engineering and a B.A. degree in human biology, at Stanford University, Palo Alto, Calif. She then earned a Medical degree at University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C. and completed a residency in orthopaedic surgery at University of British Columbia, Vancouver, B.C.

Megan Mignemi, M.D., received a B.A. degree in History, Magna Cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Alpha Theta from Boston College in Chestnut Hill, Mass. She then earned a medical degree and completed her residency in orthopaedic surgery at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, Tenn.

Kevin Smit, M.D., received a B.S. degree in Biochemistry and earned a medical degree at University of Ottawa in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. He completed his residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada.

TSRHC has been training orthopaedic physicians in multiple disciplines of pediatric orthopaedics since launching its fellowship program in 1978. Since then, more than 160 fellows have been through the rigorous program, many going on to become leaders at medical institutions around the country and the world.

The fellowship is part of TSRHC’s history of excellence that includes expert, compassionate care and leading edge research, making the hospital the perfect place for orthopaedic fellows to receive their advanced training.

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For additional information, visit our
Training Programs page on our website
or view the e-mag of our Fellows Handbook.

Amelia Earhart Visits TSRHC Patients

Amelia Rose Earhart, the youngest woman to fly around the world in a single-engine plane, visited patients at TSRHC on Monday. Earhart talked about her trip and handed out maps of the route.

RIC_1082The 31-year-old namesake of the famously missing flier was in town to meet with one of her sponsors, Dallas Airmotive. The aircraft repair company is also a hospital donor.

Earhart, a former traffic and weather reporter at the NBC affiliate in Denver, circumnavigated the globe this summer, beginning and ending the journey in Oakland, Calif., in a flight that her predecessor was unable to complete. They are not related.

RIC_1097“Being named after Amelia Earhart was really special for me,” she told NBC 5 News during her TSRHC visit. “Now it’s time to share that story with others and show that your name does not have to be Amelia Earhart, but you can go out and you can fly airplanes and have your own version of adventure no matter what that is.”

Join Us In Our Own Backyard: Treasure Street is October 16

Nothing brings together friends, families and neighbors like a backyard party, especially one that benefits the patients of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.

TS_TexasMonthlyAdWe hope you’ll join us Thursday, October 16, when we host a celebration as big as the great outdoors — the 19th annual Treasure Street, our signature fundraising event. Stroll the hospital grounds under the strands of twinkling lights, dine on fresh farm-to-picnic-table delights and dance under the stars. Let us treat you to sweet s’mores around a crackling fire and the hospitality of TSRHC, a world renowned pediatric orthopaedic hospital, right here, in your own backyard.

TSRHC is excited to have Janie & Judge Joe Ashmore as the 2014 Treasure Street Honorary Event Chairmen and Rick & Lori Ashmore Peters as the 2014 Treasure Street Event Chairmen.

As far as food and entertainment, Chef Kent Rathbun will serve as the 2014 Treasure Street Chef Chairman and the event will feature special live music entertainment by Emerald City Band!

2012-TreasureStreet-logoPurchase tickets online here.

RSVP and share the event with your Facebook friends! Stay tuned for more updates about this year’s event including auction items and special announcements!

 

TSRHC Hosts 10th Annual Dallas Sporting Clay Shoot

More than 200 supporters participated in the hospital’s 10th annual Dallas Sporting Clay Shoot at Elm Fork Shotgun Sports last Saturday, August 23. The event has raised more than $200,000 for patient care at TSRHC.

RIC_0616 4x3HAmong the participants was TSRHC patient Jace, a 15-year-old competitive shooter from Kingsbury who finished first among juniors at the event. Jace is one of the top shooters on the Texas 4-H circuit and has aspirations to make the U.S. Olympic shooting team. When a diagnosis of scoliosis threatened to sideline him, Jace received corrective surgery at TSRHC.

 

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Emily, a 9-year-old Forney patient who has created more than 200 handmade sock monkeys for TSRHC surgical patients through her Emily’s Monkeys program, also attended the clay shoot. In collaboration with Hatco, Inc., Emily donated two hats designed by the company to the event’s live auction, and her father, Josh, brought 24 shooters and dozens of volunteers to be part of “Team Emily.”

Former patient Daniel Massey

 

Former TSRHC patient Daniel Massey, 41, of Austin also participated in the clay shoot.  Born without arms or legs, Daniel is a role model for anyone facing adversity. You can learn more about Daniel in his patient story video on our YouTube channel.

 

 

Thank you to everyone who participated in this exciting event! For more information and photos from the event, visit www.tsrhc.org/clayshoots.

View a photo slideshow from the Dallas Morning News.

TSRHC Fits First Patient with Advanced Bionic Hand

TSRHC patient Miguel, age 18, of Garland, Texas, became the hospital’s first patient to be fitted with a revolutionary bionic hand, called the bebionic. He is also the youngest to receive the device in North Texas and one of only 350 recipients in the U.S.

Miguel Rizo - ptMiguel received the latest version of the device — the bebionic3, which took three years to create. The manufacturer, RSLSteeper, based in Leeds, England, describes it as the most advanced commercially available bionic hand in the world today. “One reason we chose this specific hand is because of its durability,” TSRHC prosthetist Steve Ronde explains.

The hand is expected to last three to four years and can bear 99 pounds of weight. Surface electrodes pick up signals to control the movement of the hand, which is equipped with complex software programmed for up to 18 different movements. This specialized prosthetic was funded by a gift from the 2013 Crystal Charity Ball.

BeBionic HandMiguel anticipates doing things he couldn’t do before being fitted with the new device. “Now I have no excuse not to write my essays,” he laughs. “I feel blessed and grateful to be the first one at Scottish Rite receiving this hand.”

**This article was featured in our 2014 Volume 2 Rite Up Magazine

TSRHC Unveils Renovated Allan Shivers Park!

After months of construction and a $1.9 million renovation, the beautifully redesigned Allan Shivers Park reopened in June and is officially available to be enjoyed by all patients and families who visit TSRHC.

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The redesign replaces the park’s 22-year-old structures with multiple state-of-the-art play areas and adds a sidewalk along Welborn Street that complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

“Not only has the park served as a recreational haven for children and a welcome respite during their time at the hospital, but it has also been a venue for birthday parties, Easter egg hunts and family gatherings for community members,” said Robert L. Walker, TSRHC president/CEO.

New park features include increased shading and an inclusive play principle that allows children with or without disabilities to enjoy the park. The multiple textures, colors and sounds of the new structures encourage cognitive growth through imaginative, interactive play.

Rowan Fitzsimmons - pt“The park represents an extension of the beliefs we hold here at the hospital – that investing in the wellbeing of children and families in our community makes a difference,” Walker said.

View an article and photos from the Dallas Morning News during a special dedication ceremony on Saturday, August 9: Texas Scottish Rite Hospital unveils new ‘gateway’ park

TSRHC Patients Give Back – Summer 2014

At TSRHC, we are very lucky to have generous friends that support the hospital’s mission to treat patients regardless of the family’s ability to pay. But what is truly special is when these generous friends happen to be patients. Here are three recent and unique stories about our patients giving back to TSRHC!

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Rowan Fitzsimmons - ptTSRHC patient Rowan, age 8 of Dallas, and her family held their second annual crawfish boil, Crawfish for the Curve, at their house in Dallas this spring. The proceeds were used to buy three mini iPads for the hospital and the rest of the money was donated to TSRHC as well. The event has raised $7,700 over the past two years!

Bootin’ Out Cerebral Palsy 5K Walk / Barrel Race

LEE_0207ACandy Schulz and her three children, a TSRHC patient family, organized and held the second annual Bootin’ Out Cerebral Palsy 5K Walk in Alvarado, Texas on Saturday, March 29. The 5K Walk commenced from the Town Square in Alvarado.

This year, a second event was hosted by the Schulz family, a barrel racing contest on May 17. Combined, the events raised $10,000 for TSRHC! The proceeds from both events were used to help underwrite the 2014 Farm & Ranch Day event held for our patient families and friends at Reverchon Park on Saturday, May 17.

Addison’s Birthday Wish

LEE_1072ATSRHC patient Addison, age 7 of Rockwall, made a special birthday wish to raise money for the hospital that has treated her since she was just 5 days old. Her initial goal was to reach $1,000, but after she received an overwhelming response on her first day she decided to increase her goal to $4,000! Addison and her family came to TSRHC on July 31 to donate the $4,200 that Addison raised through sharing her “Birthday Wish” sign in her neighborhood.

Thank you to all of these inspiring kids and to all of the friends that support TSRHC!

Crayon Club to Host Educational Evening on Thursday, August 21

Join TSRHC’s Crayon Club for an inspirational Educational Evening on Thursday, August 21.

Enjoy a very special presentation from TSRHC Chief of Staff Daniel J. Sucato, M.D., M.S.

Dr. Daniel Sucato has been on staff at TSRHC since 1998. He serves as Director of the Sarah M. and Charles E. Seay/Martha and Pat Beard Center for Excellence in Spine Research. He is a professor in the department of orthopaedic surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Dr. Sucato is internationally known for his expertise in pediatric orthopaedics and has delivered dozens of presentations worldwide.

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Location
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
2222 Welborn Street
Dallas, TX 75219

Time
6 p.m. – Reception and Hospital Tours
7 p.m. – Dinner and Program

Please RSVP by August 18 to specialevents@tsrh.org

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 Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. For more information about Crayon Club and upcoming events, visit www.tsrhc.org/crayon-club or follow our Facebook page.