This year’s winners of the Tommy Tranchin award have been announced, and we’re proud to report that two out of the six recipients are TSRHC patients.
The two winners, Alexander Milner and Drew Walton, are young men who embody the heart and spirit of the award—neither one lets a disability get in the way of achieving their dreams.
The Tommy Tranchin Award, sponsored by the Dallas Foundation, was established by Laurie and Rob Tranchin to continue the legacy of their son, Tommy, whose hearing disability didn’t stop him from pursuing a passion for music. The award gives recipients the opportunity to follow their dreams by granting them a stipend (up to $1,500) to be used toward a proposed activity for which they have a passion.
For Alexander Milner, his dream is to one day compete in the Olympics. At age 3, Alexander was stricken with polio, which caused paralysis in his left leg. He initially began learning gymnastics as a form of physical therapy, but he quickly developed a love for the sport.
Alexander is now one of the top gymnasts in the state of Texas and hopes to take his passion all the way to the Olympics. With help from the Tommy Tranchin Award, Alexander will be able to travel to a prestigious gymnastics competition.
Drew Walton has cerebral palsy. When he was an infant, a pediatrician told Drew’s mother that he would never learn to walk or talk. As a patient at TSRHC, Drew has exceeded everyone’s expectations—earning straight A’s at Waxahachie High School, where he also manages the track and football teams.
Drew applied for the Tommy Tranchin Award, with help from his teacher, Mr. Galliger. As an award recipient, Drew will receive Dragon software, a laptop computer, printer and microphone, which will give him the ability to further his studies.
Competition for the Tommy Tranchin Award was extremely strong this year, and we’re proud that two of our patients were able to show the determination, commitment and perseverance necessary to win. The TSRHC staff congratulates Alexander and Drew on this tremendous achievement.