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In April, we are conducting a scoliosis mission trip to the poorest place in America - the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe in South Dakota. Life expectancy is 48 and there is limited access to healthcare. Professionals need training and SHIFT will be there to help.
Our two prong approach will:
1. Train volunteers to teach others how to identify potential scoliosis and how to seek care.
2. Directly train teachers, coaches, parents, caregivers and others to know the signs, symptoms and importance of this knowledge.
Additionally, we will be providing screening tools such as modesty gowns and scoliometers to community health resources such as schools and clinics to optimize screenings.
When scoliosis is aggressive forms or left untreated progressive scoliosis can lead to permanent deformities, disabilities, heart, lung and neurological complications, pain and even death. Early diagnosis makes a huge difference!
By teaching others, this information will extend outward like the ripples from a stone tossed in a pond. The more stones we toss, the more ripples of help and knowledge we create.
For two weeks in June, we will return to teach families how to successfully screen their children and provide them resources for what to do if they have concerns. In addition, we plan to hold a large screening event where a medical professional will offer free scoliosis screening for children and families.
Please support this mission and help this dream become a reality! Make a donation or share with your friends and family! Together we can make this happen!