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Swinging Into Action: TSRHC’s Learn to Golf Program

Saturday, June 7, TSRHC held a Learn to Golf clinic in Denison, Texas. The Learn to Golf Program is a way for TSRHC patients to receive therapeutic treatment while also having fun learning to golf with other patients who share the same passion. Learn to Golf was launched in 1998 by the hospital’s therapeutic recreation department and was built upon the National Amputee Golf Association’s First Swing program.

_STU0009 copy“It’s to introduce our patients who have physical disabilities to the game of golf. So we go around the state and have ten clinics in different locations,” said TSRHC director of therapeutic recreation Dana Dempsey.

Taught by specially trained golf professionals, the patients with physical challenges rotate between three different groups and learn to hit long distances on the driving range, chip onto the green and putt on the green to make their best attempt to get the ball into the hole.

Playing golf has proved to be effective in the treatment for TSRHC patients.

“We’ve had a couple of [participants] report that they haven’t had to have surgery now that they’ve been practicing golf and being involved in golf. So it has both a therapeutic value and then that for just the socialization and fun, feeling good and being able to do something well,” said Dempsey.

After the patients swung through the event, lunch is served and awards are presented. During this time the Junior Golfers and their parents have the chance to get to know one another.

_STU0054 copyJunior Golfers receive specialized training from golf and allied health care professionals, a rules book and starter golf equipment. In addition, the hospital may assist patients in finding golf instructors in his or her area who provide further golf lessons and programs.

Watch a news clip from the recent Learn to Golf Clinic from Texoma’s KXII Local News Station.

The next golf clinic will be held June 14 in Lewisville at Lake Park Golf Course. For more information about Learn to Golf, please visit http://www.tsrhc.org/Learn-to-Golf.

Achieving His Goal: TSRHC Patient Scored Trip to Super Bowl

At age 4, TSRHC patient Tyler and his twin brother, Sterling, met former Dallas Cowboys defensive end DeMarcus Ware at a public appearance near their home.

The boy’s mother, Cindy, distinctly remembers Tyler, who was born missing the lower portion of his right arm, asking Ware for more than an autograph that day.

“Tyler said, ‘Mr. Ware, with my one arm, do you think I could ever play football?’” she recalls. “And he told Tyler, ‘If you put your mind to it, you can do anything you want.’”

Tyler knew exactly what he wanted — to play football.

Photo courtesy of Dallas Morning News

Photo courtesy of Dallas Morning News

Today the determined 13-year-old is a highly respected member of his middle school football team, for which he plays linebacker and right guard. “He’s not out there for people to say, ‘Hey, look at the guy with one hand playing football,’” the team’s head coach, Scott Starnes, says. “He’s trying to win.” Tyler’s trophy-laden bookcase indicates that he has done exactly that.

At his mother’s urging, he entered an NFL-sponsored video contest to tell his football story for a chance to win tickets to Super Bowl XLVIII. From a field of thousands, the NFL chose 10 finalists, filmed documentary-style films of each and posted them online for viewers to vote for their favorite. Tickets would be awarded to the top five contestants.

The film featuring Tyler was one of the winners, securing votes from around the world. He, along with his parents and his brother, received an all-expense paid trip to New York City for a week of activities leading up to seeing the big game live from a luxury suite at MetLife Stadium.

Shortly after the family’s return to Texas, Frisco Mayor Maher Maso even declared a day in Tyler’s honor.

“The support of my family and my community has been amazing,” Tyler says.

His sports journey is just beginning. Tyler is also part of an elite baseball team and plans to take up basketball.

“I would tell anybody not to give up on their dream, no matter what the obstacles are,” Tyler says. “Because if you practice hard enough, you will get way better at what you’re trying to achieve.”

See Tyler’s inspirational, winning video: www.togetherwemakefootball.com

**This article was featured in our 2014 Volume 1 Rite Up Magazine

TSRHC Celebrates the 16th Annual Farm & Ranch Day

TSRHC hosted the 16th annual Farm and Ranch Day celebrating Texas agriculture and its importance in our everyday lives on Saturday, May 17, at Reverchon Park. The community, TSRHC patients, families, friends and staff participated in a mix of fun, hands-on activities featuring various aspects of Texas agriculture.

Organizations who are involved in this event: 

  • Dallas County 4-H Clubs
  • Dallas Park and Recreation Department
  • Dallas Police Department
  • Ranch Hand Rescue
  • Reverchon Park Recreation Center
  • Southwest Dairy Farmers
  • Texas Farm Bureau

Special highlights from the event included:

  • Midnite “The Horse of Hope” – a prosthetic wearing horse!
  • Texas Tech Masked Rider
  • Milking demonstrations
  • Animal displays including: miniature horses, cow, chicks and rabbits
  • Live music and entertainment

Zyiaha Davis, Josh Jouett - Spirit of the HorseView additional photos from the event on TSRHC’s Facebook page!

Spider-Man Surprises TSRHC Patients

 

With great power comes great responsibility….

Spiderman Window Washers_03And today, that responsibility was simply putting a smile on the faces of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) patients.

TSRHC patients, on their way to Child Life and their regular physical therapy appointments, were surprised to see three Spider-Man characters rappelling down the side of the hospital.

Inspired from an idea of one of our dedicated volunteers, TSRHC hospital staff arranged for the regular window washing to have a special superhero-themed twist.

TSRHC patient Matthew watches as Spider-Man jumps from windowpane to windowpane.

TSRHC patient Matthew watches as Spider-Man jumps from windowpane to windowpane.

TSRHC is dedicated to making sure patients are treated with the best care possible. Many times the experience at TSRHC will extend far beyond the medical treatment, and we hope that patients can take a moment to realize that at TSRHC, we make dreams possible. Setting the standard in pediatric orthopaedic treatment and research, TSRHC can care for all of our aspiring superheroes!

Thanks for visiting and “fighting grime” at TSRHC, Spider-Man!

 

 

 

Crayon Club Kicks Off the Year with Annual Crawfish Boil

Are you looking for a way to get involved with Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children? We invite you to learn more through our young professionals group, Crayon Club!

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 TSRHC.

Upcoming Events

2014 Crawfish Boil invitation copyCrawfish Boil: Crayon Club will be kicking off the year with the second annual Crawfish Boil! The event will take place on Thursday, May 22 from 7 – 9 p.m. at the Green Elephant. Tickets can be purchased online for $15. All you can eat crawfish compliments of Dodie’s Restaurant, special guest speaker and live music from the Rusty Brothers.

 

2014 Invitation copyCharacter Breakfast: A magical meet-and-greet experience complete with superheroes, team mascots and princesses. Breakfast, an autograph session, door prizes, face painting and other activities will be included. This event will take place Saturday, June 28 at 9 a.m. at TSRHC. Tickets can be purchased online for: $15/child  $25/adult  $150/table for 8. 

 

Summer Colors_no tsrhcSummer Colors: Summer Colors, now in its sixth year, was an idea born out of passion for raising awareness about TSRHC; while also giving the Dallas community exposure to local up and coming artists. Jenny Grumbles, Loren Koziol, and Jill and Dupree Scovell founded Summer Colors in 2009 and have continued to grow the event over the past four years. The celebration takes place in the form of a silent art auction and a cocktail reception, featuring original pieces by local artists. Involving the community is important to the founders and sponsorship opportunities are available. This event will take place on Thursday, August 31 at TSRHC. Tickets can be purchased online for $25 (or $30 at the door). For additional information on featured artists and photos from previous years, view our Summer Colors website.

Volunteerism

Crayon Club offers unique volunteer opportunities, including participating in events around the community, such as the Dallas Marathon, TSRHC’s Farm and Ranch Day, KidSwing and assisting with patient activities in the hospital’s Dr. Bob and Jean Smith Child Life Center

Philanthropy

Crayon Club provides opportunities to create friendships, network and connect with others interested in making a positive impact in their community. To be a part of Crayon Club, individuals give a suggested annual gift of $100, while couples give $150. These gifts help underwrite patient care, research, medical equipment and/or building renovations at TSRHC. Benefits of Crayon Club also include invitations to special events and other activities.

Be a Part of Crayon Club Today!

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Introducing the new Rite Up Magazine!


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“We are excited to unveil an updated Rite Up design that features bigger, bolder photos and graphics, and more content to better highlight our amazing patients, our extraordinary friends, and our dedicated medical, research, administrative and support teams. As always, our Rite Up goal is to keep you well informed about news and items of interest at TSRHC.” – Robert Walker, TSRHC President / CEO

Spend some time looking through the new layout. You will find:

  • Feature stories on recent updates at the hospital
  • Medical Updates: Learn about the latest technological and medical advancements from TSRHC’s world-renowned medical staff.
  • TSRHC Patients In the Spotlight: find out more about our patients and some of the inspirational things that they are accomplishing.
  • Donor Spotlights: TSRHC is so appreciative of all the support from hospital friends, volunteers and donors. Here you will find spotlights on some of these generous friends of TSRHC.
  • Trustee Profiles: A bio of one of the members of our governing Board of Trustees
  • Hospital Happenings: Photos from recent fundraising events benefiting TSRHC
  • Save the Dates for upcoming events and ways to get involved.
  • TSRHC Pioneers: take a trip down memory lane with our features on former board members or individuals who have made a difference in shaping the history of the hospital
  • Letters from our President/CEO Robert Walker and Chief of Staff Dan Sucato, M.D.
  • And much more!

Take a peek inside the E-Mag version of the magazine!

You can also request to be mailed a copy of this quarterly magazine, please call the Public Relations department at (214) 559-7656 or (800) 421-1121, ext. 7656.

Allan Shivers Park Renovation Update

Construction on the Allan Shivers Park renovation has begun and the vision of a new, beautiful park is coming to fruition. The entire park, not just the playground, is being renovated. This includes a new gazebo, as well as an ADA compliant sidewalk along Welborn Street and at the park entrance. The original play equipment, built in 1992, has been removed to make room for innovative and colorful, new play structures.

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“We are excited that the park renovation is officially underway,” says Don Katz, Facilities & Operations. “A lot of care and thought have gone into the plans and we are looking forward to seeing the finished product.”

Thank you for your cooperation as construction continues to take place. The new park, scheduled for completion in early summer, is sure to be a treat for allTSRHC patients, families and staff!

Stay tuned for more updates!

 

TSRHC to Partner with Rotary Club of Dallas to host 13th Annual Bike Rodeo & Child Safety Day

Abby Brewer - ptThe Rotary Club of Dallas will partner with Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children to host the 13th annual Rotary Club of Dallas Bike Rodeo & Child Safety Day this Saturday, April 12 at 10 a.m.

The Bike Rodeo & Child Safety Day gives children from around the Dallas community the opportunity to learn about safety in a fun, family environment. The Bike Rodeo & Child Safety Day is free of charge to all participants, so everyone is invited to come and join in the fun!

For those who are not able to make the event, here are some tips on Bike Safety:

Spring and Summer means kids are out playing everywhere. Running, jumping, biking, skateboarding – you name it. So here are some safety measures Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children suggests you take before the fun begins.

First of all, make sure everyone in the family who rides a bike has a helmet. The importance of this is obvious when you learn that 50,000 bikers suffer serious head injuries each year. And the fact is bicycle helmets could have prevented the vast number of these injuries. When buying a helmet, check that it meets safety standards by looking for an ANSI or SNELL approved sticker on the helmet or box.

If skateboarding or in-line skating is your kid’s preference, then they’ll need additional protective gear like knee pads, elbow pads and wrist pads, along with safety helmets. Remind children to stay on sidewalks and to obey traffic signals and signs. Reiterate how important it is to look both ways before crossing the street. Likewise, remind friends to be on the lookout for children on bikes and skates crossing the road. If everyone works together, we can share the road, avoid unnecessary injuries and enjoy a safe, fun-filled spring and summer.

The Cotton Patch Café Challenge is back!

Take The Cotton Patch Café Challenge and support the patients at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children through the Cotton Patch Cares Program.

Cotton Patch Cafe ChallengeParticipating in The Challenge is simple. From February 24 to April 6, 2014, participants may make a gift to TSRHC through The Challenge, and Cotton Patch Café will give each participant a free $25 gift card redeemable at any Cotton Patch Café location. Gifts should be made in $25 increments and must be designated for The Challenge in order to receive a gift card. For every $25 you donate to The Challenge (up to $1,000), your gift will be matched in $25 Cotton Patch Café gift cards, which will be sent in the mail within three to five days to the address you provide. One hundred percent of Challenge donations benefit TSRHC.
Thanks to our friends at Cotton Patch Café for providing the gift cards for Challenge participants.

Cotton Patch Café has 41 locations. To find a location near you, please visit cottonpatch.com.

Cotton Patch Café and Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) are separate legal entities. Goods and services are provided in the amount of the gift card; therefore, this gift is not tax deductible.

TAKE THE CHALLENGE HERE

To make an offline donation or for additional information on The Challenge, please call (214) 559-7650 or (800) 421-1121, ext. 7650. Thank you for supporting The Cotton Patch Café Challenge and the children of TSRHC!

Sonny Bryan’s to Host “It’s in the Sauce” Competition – Purchase Tickets Online

Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse announced the line-up of culinary masters who will compete on Saturday, April 5, in the legendary barbecue restaurant’s first-ever ‘It’s in the Sauce’ competition, a flavorful fundraiser to benefit four local non-profit organizations. Chefs Dean Fearing, Dexter Samuel, Kent Rathbun, and Tre Wilcox will each create a one-of-a-kind barbecue dish using Sonny Bryan’s signature barbecue sauce live during the event at South Side on Lamar from 11:30 am to 1 pm.

Its in the Sauce Logo copyThe participating charities include the American Heart Association, March of Dimes, North Texas Food Bank and Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Barbecue-lovers and spectators alike can purchase a ticket in advance here (https://community.tsrhc.org/its-in-the-sauce-tickets) and at the door for $20. Attendees can then sample all four creations and cast a vote by placing their ticket in their favorite’s ballot box. Each vote also adds a $20 donation to the chef’s chosen charity, but the non-profit represented by each chef will not be revealed until all votes are cast. The chef who receives the most tickets will receive an additional $5,000 from Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse for the charity of his choice.

Clarice Tinsley, FOX 4 News anchor/reporter, will serve as emcee while live music plays and guests enjoy legendary fare from Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse and ice cold beers from local breweries (not included in ticket price).

PURCHASE TICKETS ONLINE

The Chefs

Dean Fearing: The creator of Fearing’s Restaurant and its “Elevated American Cuisine – Bold Flavors, No Borders,” chef/partner Dean Fearing has developed one of the hottest dining concepts in the country. Named “Restaurant of the Year” and “Table of the Year” by Esquire Magazine, No. 1 in Hotel Dining in the U.S. by the prestigious Zagat Survey, and nominated by the James Beard Foundation for Best New Restaurant, Fearing’s has received countless accolades from The New York Times, Newsweek, Food and Wine, Garden & Gun, Texas Monthly, and Modern Luxury, among others.

Dexter Samuel: With a start at the Natural Gourmet Cooking School, Dexter remained loyal to his New York roots by working for 10 years at Angelica’s Kitchen. He then managed the team at Food, Stock & Purveyors and served as a personal chef to the “rich & famous”. In 2008, he left the East coast to head West working as a personal chef to friends in the Lone Star State. Most recently, Samuel shares the kitchen at The Cedars Social with Chef Julio Peraza.

Kent Rathbun: After rising through the ranks of some of the world’s finest restaurants, Chef Rathbun continues to demonstrate his culinary skills not only with the expansion of restaurant concepts but also with his full-service catering company and newly launched line of products, Kent Rathbun Elements. Rathbun was one of the featured chefs for the Bush 2001 Inaugural Ball and has participated in the Pre-SuperBowl Event, “Taste of the NFL” for the past ten years. He has cooked at the James Beard House in New York on several occasions and was nominated as the James Beard Foundation’s Best Chef: Southwest in 1999, 2002, 2003 and 2004.

Tre Wilcox: Wilcox worked his way up the culinary ranks through good old-fashioned blood, sweat and tears. By the age of 29 he earned a 5 star review at Abacus, where he served as chef de cuisine. He appeared on Top Chef (Season 3) and on Iron Chef America. Twice nominated for the “Rising Star Chef “award by the James Beard Foundation, Wilcox was also named Best Chef by the Dallas Morning News after opening Village Marquee Grill in Highland Park Village in 2011. As an award-winning chef and television personality, Wilcox began to expand on his other gift, sharing his passion for food through teaching. He used the three letters of his first name as an acronym for good cooking, Techniques, Recipes & Execution, and TRE Cooking Concepts was born.

Join us rain or shine…Parking available in the event lot located just west of
The Cedars Social for an additional $5. For more information, visit www.sonnybryans.com.

Special thanks to our sponsors: Business Express Press, Paradise Design Co. & South Side on Lamar

About Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse

Since 1958, Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse has served up melt-in-your-mouth barbecue and heaping helpings of hospitality. The Dallas-based family of restaurants has seven locations in the DFW Metroplex and two in Utah. Sonny Bryan’s has served U.S. Presidents, entertainers, sports legends and other famous patrons, in addition to loyal fans who can’t get enough of the company’s legendary barbecue. In addition to restaurants, Sonny Bryan’s also runs a full-service catering division for special events and corporate meetings. Sonny Bryan’s is committed to serving the community through donations of food and financial support to non-profit organizations, including The First Tee of Dallas and Brother Bill’s Helping Hand. Visit www.sonnybryans.com for a complete list of locations and menus, or to order Sonny Bryan’s products. For information about franchise opportunities, please call the corporate office at 214.350.1800, ext.224. Get the latest news and offers from Sonny Bryan’s Smokehouse on Facebook at www.facebook.com/sonnybryanssmokehouse and Twitter @sonnybryans.