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Shriners Hospitals for Children — Salt Lake City announces 2019 standard bearer

Patient ambassador and scoliosis patient to represent hospital at PGA TOUR event

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Salt Lake City announces 2019 standard bearer

Shriners Hospitals for Children — Salt Lake City is excited to announce our 2019 standard bearer who will be representing our hospital at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open in Las Vegas this fall.

Anna has been a patient ambassador for Shriners Hospitals for Children — Salt Lake City since 2016, shortly after she first sought treatment here for scoliosis. Her first public appearance as our patient ambassador was when her archery skills were showcased in a magazine ad with the caption, Now I can compete. Anna's hard work with her physical therapist, Sonya Rees Mansfield, D.P.T., allowed her to continue pursuing the sport she loves with strength and less pain!

As an athlete herself, Anna is excited to rub shoulders with golf pros at the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open tournament this October.

Anna was chosen as one of 22 patient ambassadors throughout the country to represent the health care system at the tournament, where she will serve as a standard bearer throughout the weekend, carrying the scores of professional golfers as they compete. 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 her life.

About Anna

Anna, 16, has been a patient at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Salt Lake City since a curvature was detected in her spine in 2016.

From Layton, Utah, Anna has four siblings, Maddy, Cera, Roma and Colt. She is the middle child. Her parents, July and Paul, brought her to the Salt Lake City Shriners Hospital after having had a tremendous experience at the hospital years before when Anna’s older sisters were treated for scoliosis. Anna was diagnosed with moderate to severe scoliosis when she was 13. She wears a back brace at night and receives scoliosis-specific exercise physical therapy, which has decreased her pain tremendously. Since receiving treatment at Shriners Hospitals for Children, Anna’s curvature has significantly decreased.

Anna competes in compound archery at the national and international level. She is currently aiming to make the Cadet Compound Female United States Archery Team. In order to achieve this goal, she travels nationally to various tournaments. She is also a distance runner on her school’s track team. Anna is grateful for the continued care she receives from the Salt Lake City Shriners Hospital.

Visit Anna's fundraising page. Learn more about the Shriners Hospitals for Children Open.

Anna holding archery bow