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Former patient gives back through theater

Former patient gives back through theater

Melissa Dunham was born with clubfoot, a common congenital deformity of unknown cause affecting one foot or both feet. Clubfoot is characterized by the foot being twisted out of shape or position. About one in every 1,000 babies in the United States is born with clubfoot. While it can be associated with other conditions, most often it is an isolated diagnosis.

When Melissa was a child, she was a patient of Shriners Hospitals for Children in San Francisco, where she had multiple surgeries that eventually corrected her condition.

Melissa is now an adult and is a professional actor and singer. She is very thankful for the physicians and nurses who provided her care and helped her achieve the mobility needed to do what she loves. “I don’t know what my life would have been like without Shriners Hospitals for Children,” she said. “Without their high quality of care and generous ability to help families in need, I may not have become an actress or been able to take advantage of certain opportunities.”

Melissa’s most recent addition to her résumé is a role in the musical Daddy Long Legs. It is a story about Jerusha, an 18-year-old orphan whose life is changed forever when she receives an anonymous donation that allows her to attend college and pursue her dream of becoming a writer. Jerusha and the donor take a chance on each other and by so doing, positively impact each other’s lives.

Melissa, always grateful for the care she received at Shriners Hospitals for Children, was excited to announce to the hospital staff that all proceeds from her ticket sales would be donated to Shriners Hospitals for Children.

“I am incredibly grateful for the care that Shriners Hospitals for Children provided me and I will spend the rest of my life trying to give back in any way I can,” she said.

To date, Melissa has raised slightly more than $2,000 through ticket sales for the health care system and we cannot thank her enough for the donation.

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