In addition to the junior race director, the Dallas Marathon features 5 patient champions from TSRHC. The patient champion program is a way for the community to participate in race-weekend activities and fundraise on behalf of a patient.
Brooklyn, age 4, of Arlington, Texas, and her family have received a Texas-sized welcome since relocating from Illinois. After Brooklyn was diagnosed with spina bifida at birth, her family sought the best treatment for her condition and found Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas. Her family made the critical decision to relocate to Texas so that Brooklyn could receive treatment for not only spina bifida but also the subsequent orthopedic needs that come with the diagnosis. Spina bifida is a pediatric developmental disorder caused by the incomplete closing of the embryonic neural tube. TSRHC has two specialty clinics for children with developmental disabilities. In these clinics, children with spina bifida and other conditions, such as cerebral palsy, learn how to care for themselves, maximize their health and be as independent as possible. She is also seen by the hospital’s world class orthotics team who provide Brooklyn with braces for her legs that provide additional support when she walks. Her parents have noticed since coming to TSRHC, her personality has really blossomed and that she has developed an active and playful imagination. She loves to “play house” with her dolls and also enjoys visiting the fish tanks and watching the trains in between therapy sessions at TSRHC. Brooklyn is looking forward to representing the hospital as a Patient Champion at the 2013 metroPCS Dallas Marathon.
Read more about Brooklyn and ways for you to get involved in the Dallas Marathon at www.dallasmarathon.com.