Monday, September 19, 2011

AFD Captain's Daughter "Patient Champion" at Scottish Rite Children's Hospital

Please read below:

"My name is Toby Heidel, and I’m currently assigned to AFD Ed Services as the C-Shift Field Training Officer. My daughter, Maya, has a disease that affects the bones in her hip joints called Legge-Calve-Perthes disease. For the last 2 ½ years, she’s been receiving treatment for her condition at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas. The hospital is an amazing facility with some of the best doctors in the world for her condition (one of them literally wrote the text book on her disease!). Perhaps the most amazing thing about Scottish Rite Hospital is the fact that they charge their patients absolutely nothing. ALL the care and surgery that Maya has gotten there has not cost us a dime. It’s pretty incredible.

"Each year, the hospital is the beneficiary from funds raised at the Dallas White Rock Marathon. For the event, 5 'Patient Champions' are chosen from the thousands of patients that Scottish Rite serves to represent the hospital at various fundraising and PR events. This year, Maya was chosen as the Central Texas Patient Champion! We’ve been delighted at the opportunity to help the hospital out in any way we can in light of the free care that Maya has received there.

"As part of the event, we’ve been able to set up a fundraising site in conjunction with the marathon. I’d really like the opportunity to get the word out to other members of AFD who might like to donate to Scottish Rite on Maya’s behalf.

"Here’s a link to the Patient Champion page on the marathon website (scroll down for Maya’s information):

"And here’s a direct link to Maya’s fundraising page:

"If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. My mobile number is 512-694-5868."

Toby Heidel
Field Training Officer - C Shift
Austin Fire Department