BMW DALLAS MARATHON 12.10.17
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital For Children
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children is one of the nation’s leading pediatric centers for the treatment of orthopedic conditions and sports injuries, as well as certain related neurological disorders and learning disorders, such as dyslexia. Since 1997, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children has been the primary beneficiary of the BMW Dallas Marathon and has received more than $3.8 million in donations. The BMW Dallas Marathon Charity Program and partners also contribute to the great work done at TSRHC each year.
Junior Race Director
Each year, a Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) patient serves as the Junior Race Director for the BMW Dallas Marathon, representing the thousands of children treated at the hospital. In this role, the Junior Race Director helps participants and sponsors understand how TSRHC benefits from the support of friends like the marathon.
2016 Junior Race Director: Jax, age 16 of Lake Dallas
Jax, age 16, is a Junior in high school in Lake Dallas. She is an avid soccer player and came to the Sports Medicine clinic at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children last year with a patellar dislocations. Dr. Ellis, a Scottish Rite Hospital surgeon, reconstructed a ligament using her hamstring tendon, and after working hard to fully recover, she is now back to her pre-surgery activities.
Jax is an accomplished soccer player and plays for her high school and a select soccer program. She’s fast, not to mention tough, and plays forward and outside mid. Off the field, Jax loves spending time with her friends and is caring, funny and dependable. After graduating high school, she hopes to get her associates degree at Blinn College and then go to Texas A&M University to begin pursuing a future in sports medicine. Jax is thrilled to have the opportunity to give back to Scottish Rite Hospital and serve as the 2016 Junior Race Director for this year’s BMW Dallas Marathon.
We invite you to join our team of fundraisers on behalf of Patient Champions like Jax and all the patients of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children through our crowdrise page.
Starting in 2007, several Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) patients offered to help represent the many bright faces treated at the hospital by becoming a patient champion. The patient champion program is a way for the community to participate in race-weekend activities and fundraise on behalf of a patient.
2016 BMW Dallas Marathon Patient Champions:
Patient Champion Spotlight: Gianna, age 7 of Hurst
Gianna, age 7, of Hurst, came to Scottish Rite Hospital for the first time when she was less than two weeks old. She was born with a congenital hand difference.
Because of the world-renowned care she has received from the hospital’s Charles E. Seay, Jr. Hand Center, Gianna enjoys pursuing her passion for music. She is a member of the Suzuki Strings program at her school, where she plays the bass. Science is another field of interest for Gianna, who hopes to be a science teacher someday. She is a pleasure to be around, and when she becomes a teacher she will undoubtedly create a caring, nurturing atmosphere for her students. When Gianna visits the hospital, she says the staff makes her feel special; and that’s undoubtedly how she will make the runners feel as she cheers them on at the Dallas Marathon!
We invite you to join our team of fundraisers on behalf of Patient Champions like Gianna and all the patients of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children through our crowdrise page.
Patient Champion Spotlight: James and Matthew, age 13 of Plano
James and Matthew, 13-year-old twins from Plano, received treatment for cerebral palsy and a seizure disorder, respectively, from the medical experts at Scottish Rite Hospital. These fun and energetic boys love their friendly medical team, as well as attending hospital events and eating the hospital’s famous popcorn.
James and Matthew love swimming, playing cards and listening to music. They both value helping others and serving their community. James is passionate about music, specifically rock, and dreams of becoming a professional cheerleader when he grows up. Matthew is the family funny man, who enjoys doing comical impersonations. When he grows up, he hopes to become a police officer in a K9 unit. James and Matthew are excited to support all the runners of the 2016 Dallas Marathon, including their dad and step mom.
We invite you to join our team of fundraisers on behalf of Patient Champions like James and Matthew and all the patients of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children through our crowdrise page.
Patient Spotlight: Grace, age 14, of Lucas
Grace Tanuku, age 14, of Lucas, Texas, has been a patient at Scottish Rite Hospital since 2014, when she came for treatment of scoliosis. Grace wore a brace for two years but hasn’t let it slow her down.
Currently in 9th grade, Grace is musically inclined. She plays piano and violin in the Allen High School orchestra and takes singing lessons. Grace enjoys swimming and giving back to her community. She has also been a member of the National Junior Honor Society since 8th grade and plans to go into the medical field as a pathologist.
Grace’s upbeat, outgoing personality makes her the perfect mentor for younger kids. She was a junior volunteer at Scottish Rite Hospital this summer and plans to return next year. Recognizing her mentoring qualities, Grace’s school district chose her for the PAL® Peer Assistance and Leadership program. She also teaches kindergarteners and first-graders at her church.
We invite you to join our team of fundraisers on behalf of Patient Champions like Grace and all the patients of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children through our crowdrise page.
Patient Champion Spotlight: Omar, age 11 of Dallas
Omar, age 11, of Dallas, Texas, has been a patient at Scottish Rite Hospital for about one year. He was diagnosed with osteosarcoma and as part of his treatment underwent a left leg above-the-knee amputation. Omar is now in remission and has been encouraging everyone he comes in contact with as he fearlessly learns to walk on his new prosthetic.
Omar is strong, outgoing and loving. He enjoys drawing, playing video games, riding his bike and playing monopoly. Before his amputation, Omar played football and basketball, and he hopes to start playing again soon. Omar is excited to cheer on all of the Dallas Marathon runners in December!
We invite you to join our team of fundraisers on behalf of Patient Champions like Omar and all the patients of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children through our crowdrise page.