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 Dallas Marathon and has received $4 million in donations from the marathon.
Interested in raising money for Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children?
We invite you to join our team of fundraisers on behalf of the Junior Race Director and all the patients of Scottish Rite Hospital through our online fundraising page. When you fundraise, you can become eligible to win the following benchmark prizes:
Scottish Rite Dri Fit Cap
Scottish Rite running apparel item
Waterproof FitBit Charge 2
Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular)
Two night stay for two at the Warwick Melrose Hotel, $150 gift certificate to the Landmark restaurant
Junior Race Director
Each year, a Scottish Rite Hospital patient serves as the Junior Race Director for the Dallas Marathon, representing the thousands of children treated at the hospital. In this role, the Junior Race Director helps participants and sponsors understand how Scottish Rite Hospital benefits from the support of friends like the marathon. We are so excited to introduce you to our 2018 Junior Race Director, Sam!
Sam, age 12, of Hutchins, is a student at J L Long Middle School in Dallas and has been a Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children patient for three years.
Sam gets to see the Director of Research, Harry Kim M.D., M.S., F.R.C.S.C., for his Perthes hip disorder. The Center for Excellence in Hip focuses on developing innovative techniques to treat a range of complex conditions.
Sam’s favorite part of the hospital is the Child Life center, where he can make crafts, create artwork, and play games. The hospital’s child life specialists and artist-in-residence partner up for art projects to allow patients to express themselves and take their minds off of surgery.
Sam loves playing percussion in his school band and doesn’t back down from a challenge. His free time is spent solving his Rubik’s cube, competing in wheelchair motocross or playing Sled Hockey. Sam loves what he does and always shines bright!
Starting in 2007, several Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children 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.
Ritvika, age 12, of Lewisville, first saw the experts at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children for her early onset scoliosis, when she was just a baby.
Ritvika is unstoppable! She is a fierce wheelchair basketball competitor and loves to participate in her school theatre group and sing in the choir.
People often stop and say hello to Ritvika in the hallway and she can often be found “chatting with her friends” at the nursing station. Not only is she well-loved at Scottish Rite Hospital, but the level of care that she received for her scoliosis has allowed her to experience her childhood to the fullest. With aspirations to be a pediatrician, we are excited to see where she goes!
Zachary, age 10, of Allen, Texas, came to Scottish Rite Hospital’s Center for Excellence in Sports Medicine in 2017 after suffering a knee injury. Assistant Chief of Staff, Philip l. Wilson, M.D. and his team’s expert care helped Zachary return to his full level of play in soccer.
Zachary’s favorite thing about the hospital are the people that he sees with every visit – “everyone is just so nice!”
Zachary’s strong work ethic and determination help to make him successful in both academics and athletics. With aspirations to become a professional soccer player one day, Zachary’s commitment to excellence will serve him well in anything he puts his mind to!
Claire, age 14, of Frisco, came to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in 2016 for a surgery on her lower back. Dr. Amy McIntosh worked with Claire for her spinal stenosis treatment.
Her favorite thing about the hospital is how the clinical staff would speak directly to her and explain the different medical terms. She felt well informed and relaxed, prior to her surgery as well as throughout the recovery process, because people would take the time to communicate with her.
Claire enjoys being active and playing soccer. Following her surgery, plus six months of physical therapy, she is back to her full level of play. We are excited to watch Claire on the soccer field doing what she loves.
Gia, age 11, of McKinney, is a student at Bennett Elementary School in McKinney and has been a Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children patient since 2009.
Gia was born without arms, dislocated hips, has a leg-length difference and has scoliosis. She is a patient of Chief of Staff Emeritus, Dr. Tony Herring, as well as a patient in the prosthetics department for her shoe lifts, scoliosis back brace and prosthetics.
Her favorite thing about the hospital is the food! Gia loves the popcorn and visiting all of her friends in the cafeteria.
Outside of the hospital, Gia enjoys spending time with her family and loves to play video games. She enjoys drawing and coloring, and one day she hopes to become an entertainer. She loves to sing and dance and her favorite movie is The Greatest Showman. Gia loves to make her friends and family smile!
Aidan, age 10, of Frisco, has been a patient at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for the past year, where he receives treatment for Perthes Disease in his right leg. The physicians in the Center for Excellence in Hip conduct groundbreaking research to determine the best treatment plan for each and every patient, including Aidan.
Aidan’s favorite part about coming to Scottish Rite Hospital is playing in the Child Life Playroom, where he can “escape” and play videogames with other kids, just like he does at home.
Outside of the hospital, Aidan enjoys spending time with his family and friends and loves to play sports. He plays four different sports, and his family of six all plays soccer. He is is eager to join them again back on the field!
Aidan’s doctors are experts in caring for children and someday he hopes to be an expert in caring for the community. He aspires to become a Police Officer and with his big heart and positive attitude, he is sure to succeed!