The Dallas White Rock Marathon (DWRM) continued its commitment to the race’s primary beneficiary, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC), with a $1 million dollar donation from the 2011 race. This amount will help offset nearly 1% of total operating costs at the hospital and nearly doubles last year’s $560,000 donation check.
TSRHC is a specialty pediatric orthopaedic hospital that provides treatment for orthopaedic conditions, certain related neurological disorders and learning disorders such as dyslexia. Since the hospital became the DWRM’s beneficiary in 1997, the race has contributed more than $2.8 million to the hospital.
Natalie Hudson, age 17 of Coppell, served as one of TSRHC’s patient champions for the 2011 DRWM. The patient champion program started in 2007 as a way for marathon participants and supporters to see firsthand from TSRHC patients how the marathon benefits the hospital. Patient champions participate in events leading up to and including marathon day.
“Marathon participants should know that this money will go to help patients and to provide a good, quality staff at TSRHC,” Hudson says. “So much goes into making the hospital be as helpful as it can be.”
Hudson was born missing her left hand and has been a patient at TSRHC since she was three weeks old. When Hudson decided to join the color guard in the eighth grade, TSRHC designed a special prosthetic that made it possible for her to grip the flag with her left hand. Now a senior at New Tech High in Coppell, Hudson is traveling to compete in a national competition with her color guard team this spring and hopes to study speech pathology after graduation. She braved the cold and rain to cheer runners on at the 2011 DRWM and said that the experience encouraged her to accomplish a new physical challenge.
“It was so cold at the marathon! But it was really neat to see how many people came out to run,” says Hudson. “After watching the marathon, I ended up running the Jingle Bell Run 5K just because I wanted to know what it was like to run a race!”
Kevin Snyder, chairman of the DWRM board of directors, says the marathon looks forward to helping TSRHC and patients like Hudson in the future.
“We are thrilled to fulfill our pledge of donating $1 million to Texas Scottish Rite, a hospital that does so much amazing work empowering young people in this community and beyond,” said Snyder. “As support for our race continues to grow, our goal is to continue supporting Texas Scottish Rite as our primary beneficiary with significant donations each year.”
Registration for the 2012 DWRM will open June 1. For more information about the marathon, visit www.runtherock.com. For more information, to volunteer or to donate to TSRHC, visit www.tsrhc.org.