Family of Thoracic Insufficiency Syndrome Patient Raises $624 for Pediatric Orthopaedic Research
With her bright blue and white cheerleading uniform and blonde ponytail, Jenna looks like a typical active little girl. Yet, in 2005, Jenna underwent groundbreaking surgery to correct a serious spinal curvature, a condition found in patients with thoracic insufficiency syndrome.
The surgery performed at New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital was a success and Jenna became the first area patient to receive a prosthetic rib.
Jenna and her family have never forgotten the doctors who performed the surgery, which allowed her to live a normal life, as well as the work of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Research Foundation. Jenna’s mother and aunt recently held a 50/50 raffle at her Lynn’s son’s football game, raising $624 to help fund innovative treatments for children like Jenna with orthopaedic conditions.
Jenna picked the winning ticket, which happened to be her grandpa’s. He promptly donated his winnings back to the Pediatric Orthopaedic Research Foundation.
Jenna’s mom plans on continuing these local fundraisers at her son’s school. “As always, my family and I are more than happy to help support this important research,” said Lynn.