Thursday, December 2, 2010

The Limelight: MetroPCS 2010 Dallas White Rock Marathon

The primary beneficiary of the Dallas White Rock Marathon is Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children – one of the nation's leading pediatric centers for the treatment of orthopedic conditions, certain related neurological disorders and learning disorders, including dyslexia. Each year, a Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) patient serves as the Junior Race Director, representing the thousands of children treated at the hospital each year. In this role, the Junior Race Director helps participants and sponsors understand how TSRHC benefits from the support of friends like the marathon. The Junior Race Director takes part in race-day festivities by officially counting down the start of the race, offering pre-race words of encouragement to participants as well as meeting and greeting spectators and race finishers.

This year’s Jr. Race Director is Ryanne Carr, age 7 of Mineola, Texas. Faced with adversity since birth, Ryanne was adopted from Kazakhstan in the former Soviet Union in 2005 at the young age of 2, at which time she became a patient at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Born with a condition called amniotic band syndrome, which constricts the growth of extremities including arms, legs and fingers, Ryanne is a double amputee and is missing part of her right arm. As part of the orthopedic care that she receives at TSRHC, the hospital provides Ryanne with prosthetic limbs, which allow her to do the things she loves.



She participates in competitive sports and especially loves to run and race in her racing wheelchair. Along with her recent gold medals in track and field events, Ryanne is particularly proud of her archery accomplishments as she uses her teeth to draw back and shoot. She hopes to one day compete in archery for the Paralympics.

Ryanne is a shining example of determination and self-confidence. She is excited to serve as Junior Race Director as a way to give back to the hospital for her medical care and numerous prostheses the hospital has provided.

Since 1997, TSRHC has been the primary beneficiary of the MetroPCS Dallas White Rock Marathon. For information about the hospital or ways to get involved to support the hospital's mission, please visit www.tsrhc.org or call (214) 559-5000. The MetroPCS Dallas White Rock Marathon has a history of volunteers returning year after year.

Please send an e-mail to runtherockvolunteers@gmail.com to become a volunteer or visit our Volunteer registration page to sign up for a volunteer position. All volunteers are required to register (a short and free process) by visiting:
http://www.doitsports.com/volunteer2/jobs-by-date.tcl?event_id=212515

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