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Patient Ambassador Roberto to participate in 2019 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open


Patient Ambassador Roberto to participate in 2019 Shriners Hospitals for Children Open

Roberto, 17, a patient at the Pasadena Shriners for Children Medical Center, will have the experience of a lifetime when he represents the local hospital at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open, an official PGA TOUR event in Las Vegas this October.

Roberto was chosen as one of 22 patient ambassadors throughout the country to represent the hospital network at the tournament, where he will serve as a standard bearer throughout the weekend, carrying the scores of professional golfers as they compete in the tournament. It is a rare “inside the ropes” opportunity at a PGA TOUR event, as well as the chance to share how Shriners Hospitals have helped transform his life.

About Roberto

Roberto is a resident of Las Vegas, Nevada, who loves playing soccer.

Roberto was born with bilateral cleft lip and palate, as well as mild proptosis (eyeball protrusion) and an elongated face, and he has been a patient of Shriners Hospitals for Children since 2006. After years of searching for medical help, his mother Maria learned from a friend about the cleft lip and palate specialty care available at what was previously known as Shriners Hospitals for Children — Los Angeles. Roberto and his mother traveled to Los Angeles to meet with William Magee, M.D., director of plastic surgery at the Los Angeles Shriners Hospital. After speaking with Dr. Magee and his team, Maria knew that Roberto's previous surgeries were not successful. Roberto received reconstructive surgery to repair his upper lip, cleft lip and nose. He has now had 16 surgeries, his last one June 3 of this year. He expressed that he cannot think of his life without Shriners Hospitals.

"I am happy to have gotten all the help I could from the hospital, and one of my goals is to work hard and give back by donating my time and money as soon as I can," said Roberto. He thanks Shriners Hospitals for Children for all the help and support they have given him and his mother.


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As part of his participation in the tournament, Roberto’s story and photo will appear in the tournament program, and his information will be shared with the Golf Channel, which will televise the tournament nationally, to be used during the broadcast. The broadcast reaches over 700 million homes across 240 countries worldwide.

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Shriners Hospitals for Children is changing lives every day through innovative pediatric specialty care, world-class research and outstanding medical education. Their 22 locations in the United States, Canada and Mexico provide advanced care for children with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate regardless of the families' ability to pay. Learn more about how Shriners Hospitals for Children is changing lives every day.