Shriners Hospitals for Children®
is pleased to announce former patient and award-winning actor RJ Mitte as a national Love to the rescue Ambassador™ for their 2014 Love to the rescue®
Mitte will share his personal story of receiving both treatment for cerebral palsy and encouragement to accept no limits to others living with a disability throughout the year. Mitte will use his story of receiving treatment for cerebral palsy at Shriners Hospitals for Children to help other families learn more about the care available and to encourage public support of the organization.
At the age of 3, Mitte was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, a neurological condition affecting muscle tone, movement and coordination. He was referred to Shriners Hospital for Children when he was noticed walking on his toes. To correct his walking, the orthopaedic experts at Shriners Hospitals for Children recommended a casting procedure instead of an invasive surgery, which had been recommended by other doctors. Mitte was treated by the medical experts and physical therapy specialists at Shriners Hospitals for Children for most of his childhood, and, as a result, overcame many of the physical and verbal effects of cerebral palsy.
“I can’t thank Shriners Hospitals for Children enough for what they did to help me overcome the effects of cerebral palsy. Had it not been for my doctors and therapists, I would not be walking and talking as well as I am today, ” said RJ Mitte. “I know first-hand that Shriners Hospitals for Children is a special place where kids are given a life of possibilities because they send Love to the rescue every day.”
Each year, the Greenville Shriners Hospital cares for thousands of children with cerebral palsy. In fact, the hospital has the only comprehensive Tone Management Clinic in the southeast. The Tone Management Clinic is comprised of a multi-disciplinary team consisting of five physicians with specialized training in pediatric orthopaedics, neurosurgery, neurology, physiatry, and genetics. The physicians are supported by occupational therapists, physical therapists, social workers, registered nurses, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, Motion Analysis Laboratory representatives, and an intrathecal Baclofen therapy specialist. The treatment plans that are developed in this very comprehensive clinic are individualized for each patient’s special needs. Children up to age 18 are eligible for care at Shriners Hospitals for Children, if in the opinion of our physicians, there is a reasonable possibility the child can benefit from the specialized services available. Acceptance is based solely on a child’s medical needs and care is provided regardless of the families’ ability to pay.
About RJ Mitte
RJ Mitte is an actor best known for his role as Walter “Flynn” White Jr. on the AMC series Breaking Bad. The show was just awarded Best Drama at the 2014 Golden Globes and the 2014 SAG Award for Best Ensemble. After moving to Hollywood in 2006, Mitte began his acting career with several appearances as an extra on Hannah Montana Show, 7th Heaven and Weeds. Mitte is currently appearing on ABC Family’s Switched at Birth, where he is the new love interest for the series lead.