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Kent Rathbun to serve as 2014 Treasure Street Chef Chairman

Mediterranean Restaurant Table - Dinner table outdoorsCuban-style whole roast pig tops chef Kent Rathbun’s farm-to-picnic-table delights for Treasure Street, the annual backyard party benefiting TSRHC. The 19th edition of the signature fundraiser, to be held Thursday under the stars on the hospital grounds, features a slew of offerings from the renowned Dallas restaurateur, live entertainment by the Emerald City Band and extravagant auction items.

Rathbun’s pit-roasted pork will be served with tortillas, toppings and elotes-style smoked corn. His other food stations will offer brisket and chicken sliders, jicama slaw, Grandma Minnie’s Fried Chicken, cream-cheese-and-chive whipped red skin potatoes, grilled seasonal vegetable kabobs, Gulf shrimp and Andouille sausage brochettes and Cajun dirty rice, with s’mores, cobbler and bite-sized treats for dessert.


Don’t miss out on the delicious cuisine from one of Dallas’ finest chefs! Treasure Street is this Thursday, October 16. Tickets are available online at www.treasurestreet.com.

Treasure Street Raffle and Auction Items Preview

Treasure Street, TSRHC’s signature fundraising event, is next Thursday, October 16! As in years past, there will be a raffle, big board, silent auction and a live auction. Take a sneak peek at some of the items below!


Picture 4000Eiseman Jewels has generously donated this years’ raffle item. This beautiful Roberto Coin 18K yellow and white gold cuff bangle with diamonds from the Chic and Shine collection is valued at $5,200.

Premiering at the new Eiseman Jewels in NorthPark Center is an exclusive collection by Roberto Coin. With design roots dating to 1977, Roberto Coin is one of the world’s most respected fine jewelry designers. Known for classic statements of light, shape and color, Eiseman Jewels is proud to add this collection to its burgeoning list of designer offerings.

Purchase raffle tickets online or at Treasure Street for $100 each.

Live Auction

Back by popular demand, the live auction will feature two items that are always most-wanted among Treasure Street attendees; the custom all-terrain hunting buggy and the beautiful Christopher H. Martin painting created with help from TSRHC patients.

Custom Hunting Buggy


Manufactured by John Lannom of Lannom Industries in Fort Stockton, Texas, this hunting buggy is built to navigate rough terrain with a ride that is exciting and fun. Move to the front of the 2-year waiting list and support TSRHC.

For more information or to place your proxy bid for the Hunting Buggy, please visit Heritage Auctions online or call (214) 559-8456.

Christopher H. Martin Painting



This one-of-a-kind painting was created by longtime hospital friend and artist Christopher H. Martin and the patients at TSRHC. For more information, view our post about the Painting Day event.


Silent Auction

Treasure Street will also feature a silent auction with items generously donated from Dallas’ finest restaurants, retailers and more!

View a list of our silent auction donors on the Treasure Street website.

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


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.


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