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2014 MetroPCS® Dallas Marathon Patient Champion Spotlight: Meet Max of Arlington

In addition to the junior race director, the MetroPCS® 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.

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Max, age 9, of Arlington, Texas was adopted from China when he was three years old. When adopting Max, his family knew that he had some limb differences in both his foot and his hands, so it made sense for them to take him to TSRHC. Max is treated in both, TSRHC’s Prosthetics department as well as the Charles E. Seay, Jr. Hand Center. One of Max’s biggest passions is art. He has won artist of the year twice at Ditto Elementary School and he loves designing his legs! In addition, Max recently started playing soccer and is doing great. He is the epitome of perseverance, his parents never hear the words “I can’t do this” come out of his mouth because Max is always determined to find a way to do everything.  Max can’t wait to help cheer on the runners at this year’s Dallas Marathon!

2014 Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony

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Twas the 2nd of December and all through Scottish Rite

Not a tree was decorated, not even one light;

Trees were placed through the hospital with care,

In hopes that volunteers and friends soon would be there…

Christmas cheer filled the halls of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children Tuesday night as friends and volunteers came together for the annual tree lighting ceremony. The smell of popcorn wafted through the Atrium as Dallas area organizations, businesses and community members gathered to help decorate the hospital for the holidays. The 18 foot grand tree, located in the hospital Atrium, was ceremoniously lit by TSRHC patient Emily Hough and Steve Love (President and CEO of the Dallas Fort Worth Hospital Council) to kick off the festivities.  After everyone joined in a joyous rendition of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” the volunteers and the holiday decorators dispersed throughout the hospital to decorate over 50 trees.

Holiday music played by the Town North Concert Band put the whole hospital in the spirit while the trees were lovingly decorated.  Quick as a flash, the hospital was almost instantaneously transformed in a manner of minutes. Over 50 trees across the entire campus were uniquely decorated for their holiday debut. Some trees feature traditional holiday décor while others feature more humorous themes like surfing Santa. Each of the trees is as uniquely beautiful as the children of this hospital.

After every last ornament and ribbon was perfectly in place, everyone sat down to a holiday feast of sweet potatoes, roast beef and brie sandwiches and gingerbread men. It was truly a time of good tidings and great joy for all at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children.


Violeta’s Story: From the White House to TSRHC

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With Don Cummings, Director of Prosthetics

Violeta visited the White House in 2004. That year, she also became a patient at TSRHC, referred to the hospital by George W. Bush’s secretary of education, Rod Paige, who had met the 8-year-old Violeta during an official trip to Mexico two years earlier.

Violeta was born without a right leg and had a poorly functioning prosthetic. She came to TSRHC to be fitted for a new prosthetic and began making annual visits for adjustments or new legs as she grew. Now 20, Violeta is a scholarship college student back home. Recently she had her last TSRHC appointment, documented in this video, Violeta’s Story.

2014 MetroPCS® Dallas Marathon Patient Champion Spotlight: Meet Elizabeth, age 11, of Arlington

In addition to the junior race director, the MetroPCS® 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.

Elizabeth Spoon age 11 of Arlington_34Elizabeth, age 11, of Arlington, Texas has been a patient at TSRHC’s Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders for a year and a half. Elizabeth had been homeschooled and her mom knew that something was wrong, so the pediatrician sent them to TSRHC. After going through testing, she was diagnosed with dyslexia and, with much excitement, was soon admitted to The Luke Waites Center.The Luke Waites Center for Dyslexia and Learning Disorders is named for Dr. Luke Waites, who in 1965 established a program at TSRHC to identify and treat children with learning disorders, primarily dyslexia. The World Federation of Neurology met at TSRHC in 1968 and formulated the first consensus definition of developmental dyslexia. With great progress in the dyslexia program at the hospital, Elizabeth’s parents now have to tell her to put her books away at night or else she will never go to bed! Outside of school, Elizabeth is an accomplished hockey player. Her future goals are to attend Yale University, because they have a great hockey team and an outstanding dyslexia center. Elizabeth is looking forward to representing the hospital as a Patient Champion at the 2014 Dallas Marathon!

Elizabeth was featured in the Dallas Morning News on Tuesday, November 25. Read article online here!

2014 MetroPCS® Dallas Marathon Patient Champion Spotlight: Meet Dimitri, age 10, of Plano

In addition to the junior race director, the MetroPCS® 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.

Dimitri Jubenville age 10 of Plano_18Dimitri, age 10, of Plano, Texas was adopted from Russia three years ago. Since arriving in America, Dimitri has been treated for prosthetic needs at TSRHC under the care of TSRHC’s Chief of Staff Emeritus, Tony Herring, M.D., and TSRHC’s renowned Prosthetics department. Although he wears two prostheses—one fully mechanical leg and a partial prosthetic—that doesn’t stop Dimitri from doing all of the sports he loves! He is a great swimmer, gymnast, and he enjoys riding his hand bicycle where he is able to make his upper body strong. Dimitri is a very outgoing young boy who loves to make friends everywhere he goes. His favorite thing to do while at TSRHC is playing with other patients in the Child Life Playroom and he cannot wait to support TSRHC and the Dallas Marathon as a 2014 Patient Champion.

Don’t Forget to Order Your TSRHC Holiday Items!

TSRHC’s holiday greeting cards, “Happy Holidays” gift card and ornament are now available for ordering!

Holiday Greeting Cards

SnowmanSpread holiday cheer to your friends, family, clients and colleagues by sending holiday cards featuring art by TSRHC patients. Pricing is $20 per package, which includes 20 cards and 22 envelopes.

Order by phone: (214) 559-8323 or (800) 421-1121, ext. 8323; or by mail: download this PDF and mail it back to TSRHC.

“Happy Holidays” Gift Card

P3_Holiday Donor Card 2014 copyThis year, give a gift that helps give children back their childhood. Honor your friends and family with a donation to TSRHC in their name. The hospital will acknowledge your donation by sending a “Happy Holidays” gift card to your list of recipients. Please visit tsrhc.org/give, print the gift card order form and mail it to the address listed on the form, or call (214) 559-8322 or (800) 421-1121, ext. 8322.

TSRHC Holiday Ornament

P3_Ornament copyCommemorate 2014 with a fun, festive ornament from TSRHC. This year’s ornament boasts a new, 3-D design representing an iconic hospital image – TSRHC’s legendary popcorn!

Purchase your annual collectible ornament for $16.95 online here!



2014 MetroPCS® Dallas Marathon Patient Champion Spotlight: Meet Alana, age 10, of Dallas

In addition to the junior race director, the MetroPCS® 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.

Alana Bitting age 9 of Dallas_47Alana, of Dallas, Texas started coming to TSRHC only about six months ago after suffering injuries from a major car accident when her family was hit by a drunk driver. At just 9 years old, she was pinned in the car and after having to be cut out of the vehicle she suffered very severe injuries, including pelvic and other multiple fractures, a dislocated hip and nerve damage. After being in ICU for a week and a half, she was referred to TSRHC to receive the care she needed to fully recover from this traumatic event. Alana wore an external Ilizarov to treat the multiple fractures in her leg bones. Physicians at TSRHC developed the TRUE/LOKExternal Fixation System, a modification of Ilizarov’s frame, to treat patients with a variety of limb length discrepancies, including lengthening or reshaping bones. The TRUE/LOK system requires a less complicated surgical procedure and allows for greater patient comfort during the lengthening process. The patented TRUE/LOK system is now used around the world and continues to be improved through the efforts of the Center for Excellence in Limb Lengthening and Reconstruction at TSRHC. Alana’s favorite part about the hospital is all of the friendly nurses and the Child Life playroom, where she can use her outgoing personality to play with all of the other patients. She is very thankful to TSRHC for helping her through a very traumatic experience in her life!

Artist-in-Residence Helps TSRHC Patients Express Creativity

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) is about to get even more bright and colorful! A new position, titled Artist-in-Residence, has started at TSRHC through our Child Life department. Brenton Black will be working with the hospital’s in-patients to beautify the campus with unique pieces of art as a way to let the patients express themselves and use art as a means of therapy.

Get to know a little bit more about Brenton in our Q&A and view photos from his recent sky bridge mural project with TSRHC patients:

Staff Brenton BlackThe Artist-in-Residence position is new to TSRHC. What do you plan to do at the hospital?

This is the first year of the Art-in-Residence program. My plan is to first make art with the children of the hospital. I want them all to explore their creativity without boundaries and restraint. I give direction and leave them to create their vision. This allows each kiddo to express themself. Often we as adults try to control and steer kids and each other into our lane. I want to make sure each child is “talking” and expressing their unique story. I want each child to see its work being recognized and “listened” to. This builds confidence and a sort of fearlessness when it comes to expression.

My second mission is to have the entire hospital recognize these young voices. We want a body of artwork from the patients to be displayed, marveled and valued. This will be made whole by collecting those works and putting them on display throughout the hospital and at art shows.

Staff Brenton BlackTell us a little bit about your background as an artist?

Ironically I started my art career in a Child Life setting when I was three or four years old. My sister was diagnosed with Leukemia at the age of four. My family was back and forth to a children’s hospital throughout her treatment. I was often at her bedside and kept active in their Child Life program. I actually have a few of the small paintings my sister and I created. I never stopped drawing and sketching. Through high school I sketched classmate’s portraits, football banners, cheerleading banners, entered local contest with the Mavs, Cowboys, etc.

Fast-forward to 2010…..I was working at the Fairmont Dallas where I met their Artist-in-Residence, Zach Saucedo. We talked and he viewed my sketch portfolio and told me to start painting. He gave me tips and advice, and from there I taught myself to paint.

Patient Madeline Cooper, 10; patient Amy Goode, 16Art is a therapeutic activity. Tell us how this helps our in-patients during their stay at TSRHC?

Art is very therapeutic. It allows you to escape your current situation mentally. The first time I broke open a fresh canvas at a bedside paint session, my paint buddy forgot her pain, procedure, and opened up verbally (something everyone said she wouldn’t do). I feel the program creates an immediate get-away from the stress of not being home and a creative break from the stress of the hospital stay.

What was the inspiration behind the mural by the skybridge?

LEE_4766AThe inspiration lies with the kids of Child Life. I asked each of them what they’d like to see, create and have on display. My first day in the Child Life playroom I painted a really cool Minion. So naturally they wanted more! The mine craft character was an addition requested by one of the older patients. The crayons were added to fit everything around TSRHC. I actually only did 30% of the work. The kids paint everything they could reach and I painted Artist in residence Brenton Black; patient Madeline Cooper. 10up high and did the black line work. Flowers, the big tree, melted crayons and handprints were all ideas of my little artists. I wanted it to still look like a construction zone but with a splash of happy. The construction zone feel lets people know of the hospital’s continued growth and advances. The playful colors remind all employees who the come to work for… THE KIDS. I will be adding a chalk board paint section for employees to sign and add to the creation. I want everyone involved!

What’s next?

Staff Artist Brenton Black

We are working on individual paintings that will be displayed in the same sky bridge hallway, on the opposite wall as a permanent display. We also have a 4 foot by 4 foot painting that will hang in the Child Life Playroom. I am planning a sculpture project and will begin the staging process for getting a uniform art show together.

Stay tuned for more updates from Brenton and our talented young artists!


TSRHC Expands to Frisco

Recognizing the need for a patient access point in the fast-growing northern suburbs, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children is building a new ambulatory care center in Frisco!

The new facility, located on 40 acres at the corner of Lebanon Road and the Dallas North Tollway, will initially serve outpatients with clinic visits and day surgery. Patients will still have to visit the Dallas hospital for major surgeries and some other services.

Our original campus at Oak Lawn and Maple will not be changing and will continue its mission of treating patients with orthopaedic conditions, certain related neurological disorders and learning disorders, such as dyslexia.

“In trying to look at the future and look at how we can impact the community in this new era of health care reform and how we can better serve the families that we are here to take care of, we started looking at areas of the Metroplex that might could help achieve that,” TSRHC President and CEO Robert Walker said in a recent interview with Frisco Community Impact Newspaper.

Stay tuned for updates! Groundbreaking is expected to happen next spring with hopes of opening the new center in 2016. We look forward to meeting our neighbors and patients in the Frisco area!


View recent news articles about the new center at the following links:

Dallas Morning News: Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children to build Frisco campus

Dallas Business Journal: Texas Scottish Rite Hospital buys 40 acres in Frisco for new facility

Frisco Community Impact Newspaper: Scottish Rite to build branch facility in Frisco

D Healthcare Daily: Scottish Rite Buys 40 Acres in Frisco for Planned Expansion 

Crayon Club to Host Educational Evening on Thursday, August 21

Join TSRHC’s Crayon Club for an inspirational Educational Evening on Thursday, August 21.

Enjoy a very special presentation from TSRHC Chief of Staff Daniel J. Sucato, M.D., M.S.

Dr. Daniel Sucato has been on staff at TSRHC since 1998. He serves as Director of the Sarah M. and Charles E. Seay/Martha and Pat Beard Center for Excellence in Spine Research. He is a professor in the department of orthopaedic surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas. Dr. Sucato is internationally known for his expertise in pediatric orthopaedics and has delivered dozens of presentations worldwide.

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Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
2222 Welborn Street
Dallas, TX 75219

6 p.m. – Reception and Hospital Tours
7 p.m. – Dinner and Program

Please RSVP by August 18 to specialevents@tsrh.org

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 Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. For more information about Crayon Club and upcoming events, visit www.tsrhc.org/crayon-club or follow our Facebook page.