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.
Case, age 17, of Dallas, Texas, is a man of many talents. He is a star in both sports and academics as well as a poetry writer, fluent Spanish speaker and guitar player. In 2011 he was diagnosed with hip dysplasia, a condition that causes abnormal functioning in the hip joint. When you are as active and talented as Case, the only thing that you want to know is, “how soon can this be fixed?” In May of 2011, TSRHC’s Chief of Staff Daniel J. Sucato, M.D., M.S., performed a procedure called periacetabular osteotomy, which is a surgery that changes the shape of the hip joint. Since his surgery, Case has come to know and love the hospital and all of his doctors. In fact, due to his experiences at TSRHC, he has been inspired to pursue a career as a doctor. Earlier this year, Case had an internship with TSRHC where he was able to co-author three medical publications and shadowed Dr. Sucato and TSRHC’s Director of the Sarah M. and Charles E. Seay Center for Musculoskeletal Research, Harry Kim, M.D., in several surgeries. As a nod to his thankfulness and love for the hospital, he plans to sign his letter of intent to play college football at the hospital later this year. Case can’t wait to be cheering on fellow athletes at this year’s marathon!
Read more about Case and ways for you to get involved in the Dallas Marathon at www.dallasmarathon.com.