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Patient Stories

Ultimately, all of our research activities lead to improved patient treatment and outcomes. In this new area of our website, we will introduce you to personal patient stories related to the Foundation's activities.

Jack's Story

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True happiness is what's in your heart, not what you look like or how good of an athlete you are. A family's journey. Perseverance and Faith.

Florence's Story

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Get to know your potential surgeon, build a relationship and ask questions. Follow all discharge instructions, such as wearing a bone stimulator after surgery. These will help
guide you to the best possible recovery. Tips for those considering spine surgery: YOU ARE IN CHARGE OF YOUR TREATMENT, so don’t be afraid to be assertive and be your own advocate!

Karen's Story

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Building Bridges in Mexico. Karen's story is no different than any teenager with idiopathic scoliosis, except that in her case, treatment could remain only a dream. Read Karen's story here.

Lori's Story


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 How does a spine surgeon end up walking a patient down the aisle? Hint... It isn't because she needs help. Lori's story tells us about love and the way our lives can change in a moment..., for better and for worse. Read Now.

Alejandra's Story

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Alejanda had been seen by a local physician who told her father there was nothing he could do, and she should stop all physical activity due to risk of injury to her spine. Nothing else was offered and her father was devastated and hopeless. Read Alejandra's story.

Marina's Story

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The story of Marina's life and surgery is an inspiration to everyone who reads it. Learn how perseverance, determination, and drive have shaped Marina's life and character. Read Now.


Colbie's Story

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“YOU’RE IN THE RIGHT PLACE.” These are the first words we heard from Dr. Akbarnia and words we
will never forget. They immediately lifted a huge weight off of our shoulders and gave us hope for
our daughter after two years of uncertainty. Read Colbie's Story

Chuck's Story


No one wants to stop being active and healthy, especially not Chuck. After trying and failing virtually all non-surgical treatment methods, I finally began gathering information from surgeons, and I had surgery scheduled already when he came to meet Dr. Donald Blaskiewicz and Dr. Gregory Mundis, Jr.  Chuck's Story

Anthony's Story

Anthony's Story
Anthony Wainess was one of the two patients implanted with the MCGR rods on May 7th, 2013. We asked Anthony’s father, if he would be willing to sit down and help us write a story about his experience. Steve Wainess went on to write an incredibly honest and poignant story about his son’s difficult path and how the MCGR procedure changed and altered his life.
Anthony's Story (Growing Rods in Early Onset Scoliosis)