2022 Stand for Kids Gala
Great events can only happen with special sponsors! We are grateful to all those who have stepped up to support the Gala. A super-sized thank you to the 2022 OIC Stand for Kids Champion for Children Honoree, Jonnie Davis and the tremendous team at Disney for being heroes of OIC and children everywhere. Also being honored as the OIC Trailblazer Awardee is Ezra Frech, OIC’s patient, Paralympian, motivational speaker, and disability rights advocate. Ezra will receive the OIC Trailblazer Award, saluting his drive and leadership in the Paralympic movement.
Join us for a night of dining, dancing, celebrity guests, silent auction and a lifetime of memories, as the OIC community celebrates our inspiring heroes at the legendary Paramount Studios. Donations from this event will help ensure that all children with orthopedic conditions have a future where they can grow well and play well.
Arturo Hernandez’s life was saved by an injury he received playing the sport he loves, soccer. Like most little boys, Arturo loved to play. But after a soccer game, he went to his mom in extreme pain. Worried, she took him to the local ER where the physician diagnosed him with “nothing broken.” Arturo’s obvious discomfort prompted the doctor to suggest the pediatric orthopaedic specialists at OIC.
Every mother wants to give birth to a healthy baby. But what if your baby isn’t born that way? What if doctors tell you that, because the bones of your newborn’s lower legs will never grow, your baby girl will never, ever walk? Ivonne was one of those babies. She was born with a congenital condition in her lower legs. From birth, the bones below her knees did not grow. Her mother was told that her baby girl would never, ever walk.
Efrain’s mom explained to us that she was shocked when they arrived at OIC for the orthopaedic appointment, since she remembered our sign from two years ago, and felt it was meant to be. They met OIC staff who compassionately guided them through the process, before Efrain was examined by Dr. Scaduto. A plan was developed and Efrain was excited about the prospect of shedding his crutch for a state-of-the-art prosthesis. We will permanently rotate his foot backwards so it serves as a knee joint.