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Local's Grandson's ArtWork Chosen for Texas Holiday Art Contest
Houston County Courier - December 2008
By Sharron Randall
Recently, Grayson Wilson, 11, grandson of Grapeland resident Karon Lawrence, received news from Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas that is sure to make this holiday season brighter for himself, his family, and TSRHC patients and their families--the art work he created while he, himself was a patient at age 6, was chosen as one of three patient-designed holiday cards available for purchase during the 2008 holiday season.
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) is located in Dallas and was founded in 1921 by Texas Masons to treat children afflicted with polio. Since the eradication of polio in the United States in 1956 with the Salk and Sabin vaccines, the hospital has been committed to treating children with orthopedic conditions, certain related neurological disorders and learning differences, without ever charging a patient's family.
Although the hospital was founded by Masons, today TSRHC is supported solely by voluntary donations. One of the many ways to support the children is by purchasing holiday cards designed by the hospital's patients themselves.
Patient-designed holiday cards have been a holiday tradition at TSRHC since 1991. These special cards depict the childlike joy that fills us all during the holidays and are a meaningful way to send holiday cheer to friends and loved ones. Many have made the specially designed cards a happy addition to their personal holiday traditions according to Becky Britt, media relations, TSRHC.
According to Sandra Wilson, Grayson's mom, Grayson was in kindergarten and had just resumed classes after the Christmas holidays when he began complaining that his leg hurt.
After a week of sitting out at PE and recess, refusing to walk and complaining of pain, Ms. Wilson took him to the pediatrician who sent them to Texas Children's Hospital in Houston for x-rays and blood work. By 7:30 p.m. that same evening, the doctor called with the news that Grayson had Perthes Hip Disease, the cause unknown, but more common in boys, especially those who are very active, and usually between the ages of 3 and 12.
Legg-Perthes, also known as Legg-Calve-Perthes, is a condition in which a child's hip joint is abnormal, and the blood supply to the head of the thighbone is temporarily stopped. Over a one-to-two-year period, the bone slowly collapses and replaces itself with new bone. The condition can cause pain and stiff joints for a period of time. Early diagnosis of Legg-Perthes can improve the long-term outcome.
By August 2004 Grayson was scheduled for surgery at TSRHC in Dallas. He was in the hospital for one week and then home for five more weeks in a body cast. This period of recovery was "really" hard for him both physically and emotionally reports his mother.
Once out of the cast, he was in a wheelchair until November of that year. Then he began using a walker and by February 2005 he was playing baseball again!
Because of his "incredible attitude" Grayson received an award from his school on Awards Day 2005, which recognized his bravery and strength and positive spirit in handling the medical challenges he faced and overcame.
While Grayson was a patient at Scottish Rite Hospital encased in a body cast with only his head and fingers exposed, he designed the snowman cover art, one of three from thousands of entries submitted that would become the 2008 holiday-themed artwork made into greeting cards.
Grayson is now in the 5th grade, attends Clay Road Baptist School in Houston where his mother also teaches. He is still active in sports. Now a Webelos 2, he will cross over in January as a Boy Scout. He plans to pursue the rank of Eagle Scout when he reaches high school.
Purchasing the holiday cards, which Grayson has personalized with his inspiring story, helps TSRHC continue offering the finest medical treatment. All proceeds from the sale of these cards go directly for the care and support of the hospital's children.
Visit the hospital's web site at www.tsrhc.org or call (800) 421-1121 for more information about the hospital or to purchase the greeting cards.