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Shriners Hospitals for Children in Texas hopes to make a big impact with their new #CutTheBull program

Shriners Hospitals for Children in Texas hopes to make a big impact with their new #CutTheBull program

This school year, patients from Shriners Hospitals for Children — Galveston and the Houston Shriners Hospital have come together to take a stand against bullying. Together, the hospitals produced a video collection of #CutTheBull patient ambassador stories that inspire all to #SeeTheAbility instead of the other person’s disability or differences.

Inspired by the challenges they have had to overcome, along with the fact that they are twice as likely to be bullied because of their physical differences, these brave patient ambassadors and their hospitals' staff share the Shriners Hospitals for Children #CutTheBull message with students, parents and teachers across the state of Texas in a big way. In addition to bringing this heart-changing video to young audiences and their parents, Shriners Hospitals for Children #CutTheBull speakers also share tips on what to do if you or someone you love is being bullied. They also will be sharing information on David’s Law, which was passed in 2017 to help schools and parents combat cyberbullying.

Paige LaCombe, one of the patient ambassadors featured in the video, is a Stevens-Johnsons syndrome survivor. She talks about her experiences with bullying and cyberbullying, and provides some great insight on dealing with both. Because most of the negative chatter she experienced on social media came from acquaintances and not close friends, she wisely developed an attitude of “If you don’t know my middle name, you don’t know me,” and encourages others to do the same.

A 45-minute #CutTheBull student and/or parent assembly is offered free of charge by Shriners Hospitals for Children — Galveston and the Houston Shriners Hospital to all Texas schools and Parent Teacher Associations. To learn more, visit our website. You may book your assembly online.