2023 Stand for Kids Gala
The Stand for Kids Gala benefits Luskin Orthopaedic Institute for Children’s enduring mission to advance health equity to every child. Join us to celebrate LuskinOIC’s long history of impressive women professionals Pushing Healthcare Frontiers. These women leaders forge the path toward excellent and compassionate care. Join us for a night of awards, scrumptious dining, dancing, celebrity performances, silent auction, Wizarding, and inspiration.
Your donation goes directly to care for patients like Scarlett, Lunely, Valentina, and Victoria, whose courage and desire to prevail continue to inspire us. Read below.
Lunely was born with arthrogryposis, a rare condition that left her with limitations in her arms, deformities in her knees, and severe clubfoot. At just 3 years old, Lunely came to LuskinOIC and was appointed to Dr. Scaduto and Dr. Silva. Under their expert care, Lunely underwent multiple surgeries and did bilateral casting (23 hours a day) for several weeks. Because of the exceptional care offered at LuskinOIC, Lunely is now starting to mobilize with the help of a walker and has gained some independence.
Scarlett was born with her twin brother via emergency C-section at 32 weeks. At 6 months old, Scarlett had a brain MRI which revealed Moderate Central Brain Atrophy. Scarlett was appointed to Dr. Rachel Thompson who not only treated her but also got to know her interests such as her dream of owning a bakery, her love for singing, and that her favorite princess is Aurora. Dr. Thompson did a bilateral reconstruction of the pelvis, hips, and knees. After a long and painful recovery, Scarlett states that “it was all worth it” and was grateful for Dr. Thompson and LuskinOIC.
Valentina was born with multiple deformities in her feet and spine and had some neurological problems. Living in Mexico, obtaining the care she needed was very difficult. Luckily for her, her family found the International Children’s Program at LuskinOIC. At the age of 2 years old, she was able to receive evaluation and begin treatment in our clubfoot clinic for her bilateral feet deformity, and in our scoliosis clinic for her curved spine. The first order of business for her treatment plan included 2 surgeries for her foot deformity, which significantly facilitated her mobility. She has recently started her scoliosis treatment. With the help of LuskinOIC, Valentina’s dream of becoming a veterinarian, as well as one day visiting New York, can truly happen.
Victoria was born with congenital scoliosis, a severe spine deformity. When her family was consulted when Victoria was at the age of 3, they were told that, if left untreated, the severity of the spine deformity would likely increase and lead to cardiac and respiratory issues, as well as a lot of pain. Given her young age, she started her treatment with a trial of casting to prevent curve progression, coming to LuskinOIC every 3 months for the past 3 years. She has been able to grow very well. Soon, she will reach the age when she can finally undergo a magnetic lengthening surgery.