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.
Kaylee, age 9, of Tyler, Texas, has been a patient of TSRHC since she was 2 years old. She receives treatment at TSRHC for a hammered toe and in TSRHC’s CharlesE. Seay, Jr. Hand Center for a duplicate thumb. The hospital’s Charles E. Seay, Jr. Hand Center provides unique, specialized care for children with hand and upper limb deformities through quality patient care, education and research. The Center’s goal is for each child to obtain the best function and highest level of independence as possible. Thanks to the treatment Kaylee receives at TSRHC for her hand and foot differences have not slowed her down. She appreciates her doctors at TSRHC for encouraging her to pursue her love of gymnastics. Thanks to the constant encouragment she received from the hospital, she has Olympic aspirations and wants to eventually be a gymnastics coach. When visiting the hospital, Kaylee enjoys playing outside on the playground and viewing the sports memorabilia on display in the hospital’s Olympic Clinic. She is so excited to cheer on the runners at the 2013 Dallas Marathon!
Read more about Kaylee and ways for you to get involved in the Dallas Marathon at www.dallasmarathon.com.