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News Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Madison stands tall with continued scoliosis treatment

Madison Davis, age 11, became a patient at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Tampa at age 8 when she was diagnosed with scoliosis, a sideways curvature of the spine. The degree of the curve in Madison’s back is severe, which means that she must wear a brace 23 hours a day.

Although Madison has severe scoliosis, she has thrived since being cared for at the Tampa Shriners Hospital and is passionate about helping others with scoliosis.

Madison’s desire to help her fellow patients can be traced back to the great care she receives at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Tampa. Our hospital’s unique combination of compassionate and high-quality care has helped Madison lead an active, happy life.

Madison receives care from Geoffrey Cronen, M.D., a spine surgeon who keeps a close eye on her spine and recently performed her surgery. She also credits orthotist Dino Scanio with keeping her brace comfortable and in tip-top shape. “I love everybody there,” she said. “They always treat me so nice and are so helpful.”

Madison goes out of her way to let others know they are not alone. “I have made visits to our hospital to give get well kits to our patients, to help them feel better about what they are going through,” she said.

One of the most effective ways Madison assists our patients is through her foundation, Not On My Back.

Through it, she raises money to buy rolling back packs for girls with scoliosis and patients who have had spinal surgery. Not surprisingly, Not On My Back has made a big difference for our patients. “Hopefully, each year we will help more,” she said.

Learn more about scoliosis and spine care at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Tampa.

Madison Davis with her mom