Micah poses by our Christmas Village

Sep 04, 2017 / Hand Conditions

Making a Difference with a Difference

Sports are a favorite pastime for active Scottish Rite Hospital patient Micah, age 11, of Shady Shores. He throws football passes, makes baskets and blocks soccer goals, but the most impressive stats he has posted are as the founder of a holiday toy drive for the patients of Scottish Rite Hospital.

Five years and more than 15,000 toys later, Micah is still going strong. “It’s an amazing feeling to give back,” he says. His father, Richard, recalls bringing 8-week-old Micah to Scottish Rite Hospital for the first time to be treated for a congenital hand difference.

“The hospital was like a knot at the end of a rope,” Richard says. “We focused on our child and they took care of everything else.”

Micah has many new friends who have supported his toy drive including local Masons, the Farmers Branch Police Department, Ebby Halliday Realtors, Glazer’s Inc. and Transwestern.

Upon visiting with Micah, it’s clear that the best gift he gives to others is his attitude.

“I used to be picked on a little,” he explains. “But one morning I woke up and realized that I am happy with my hand difference.

It feels awesome to be different and to help other kids.”

Watch Micah's story to hear his  advice to children with orthopedic conditions and learn what he wants to be when he grows.

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