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Video empowers girls with scoliosis

"I Still Wear Cute Clothes," a scoliosis story for #CutTheBull

Video empowers girls with scoliosis

Venus with blue shirt over her braceJune is Scoliosis Awareness Month.

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Honolulu has released a new video called I Still Wear Cute Clothes, a Scoliosis Story to inspire girls with scoliosis. The video helps teens understand that they can still wear cute clothes, be active and overcome bullying due to their medical condition. The video highlights one of our patient ambassadors, Venus Walker, 11, of the Big Island of Hawaii, and was inspired by Shriners Hospitals for Children — Honolulu pediatric orthopaedic surgeon, Paul Moroz, M.D., who says encouraging girls to wear their brace and instilling confidence leads to better outcomes. In the video, Venus overcomes fears of being teased, wears cute clothes over her brace and is still active in gymnastics when she’s not wearing her brace.

“This beautiful and inspirational video will help inspire adolescents to wear their scoliosis brace. Thanks to our patient ambassador and her family for their great efforts,” said Paul Moroz, M.D., pediatric orthopaedic surgeon, Shriners Hospitals for Children — Honolulu.

The hospital has been overwhelmed with heartwarming messages since the video, I Still Wear Cute Clothes, a Scoliosis Story was released. One parent reached out to the Honolulu Shriners Hospital asking if patient ambassador, Venus, could share words of encouragement with his daughter, who was recently diagnosed with scoliosis.

One in four students in the United States reports being bullied and those numbers can be two to three times higher for kids with disabilities, according to the National Center for Education. Studies also show that most bullying is never reported and can cause depression, anxiety and poor academic performance.

All children under the age of 18 are welcome to receive care at the Honolulu Shriners Hospital regardless of whether they have insurance and regardless of ability to pay. If you would like to make an appointment to have your child screened for scoliosis, please call and make an appointment at 808-941-4466. There is also a screening tool app available from Shriners Hospitals for Children called SpineScreen. It is available on Android or Apple cell phones. 

Pictured (left): Patient ambassador, Venus, is shown wearing her custom pink brace with a cute top over it!