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The Power of Young Hope: inspiration from a youthful amputee

Emmy Raney

Emmy participated in the KidSwing Golf Tournament to give back to TSRHC.

Sometimes, it’s the adolescents around us that show us how to truly live a successful and happy life.  No matter what barriers they face, young people have a way of showing us how to overcome.  This is certainly true of Emmy, a young amputee who doesn’t let anything get in her way.

Finding Hope at TSRHC

Ever since she was a baby, Emmy struggled with problems in her left foot and leg due to nerve damage caused by spina bifida, a developmental disability.  But by the time she reached second grade, Emmy’s leg just couldn’t keep up with her spunky and active lifestyle.  So, she and her family decided to have it amputated at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas.

Since then, her amazing progress has astonished everyone around her, from the many doctors she worked with at TSRHC to her very own friends and family.  Emmy doesn’t see her new prosthetic leg as a crutch – rather, it’s her ticket to a happy and active life.

Now ready to enter middle school, Emmy continues to impress everyone with her can-do attitude and her hope for all the possibilities that lie ahead.  Not only was she just accepted to be a cheerleader for next year, but she also will be a member of the track team when school starts again in the fall.

Running Forward

To prove her grit, Emmy recently participated in her school’s 5K race.  Her older brothers and brother-in-law also signed up, to help her out along the way.  But, before the race began, Emmy thanked them for their offer and assured them that she could do this on her own. She just wanted to run with her friends, like any other middle school girl.

And that’s exactly what she did.  Emmy crossed the finish line, just a little more than half way through the pack of 400 race participants with a smile on her face and light in her eyes.  To her, it didn’t seem like a big deal.  But to everyone watching, she was a huge inspiration.

After the race, Emmy was presented with a plaque with a quote from Babe Ruth that couldn’t sum up her attitude any better: “You can’t beat a person who never quits.”

No doubt, Emmy will continue to conquer any challenges that she faces.  From track to cheerleading to golf, she plans to do it all.

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