Katie Ladlie (16), of Troy, throws a ceremonial first pitch before the Dodgers-Cardinals baseball game at Busch Stadium. Ladlie was selected as the National Patient Ambassador for Shriners Hospitals for Children. In this role, she will travel the United States to speak about and promote the 22-hospital network. UPI/Bill Greenblatt photo.
The courage and resolve of a Troy Buchanan High School student has merited a selection to represent an organization at the national level this coming year.
Shriners Hospitals for Children® has announced that Joe Dertinger, of Waconia, Minn., and Katie Ladlie, of Troy, Mo., are the health care system’s 2014-2015 national patient ambassadors. These two young people were selected from nominees from the 22 Shriners hospitals throughout the nation.
“I am truly excited and honored to be selected to represent the Shriners Hospitals for Children,” said Ladlie. “It is an amazing organization, and I have met many wonderful people.”
Ladlie is the daughter of Jim and Tricia Ladlie.
The selection of the patient ambassadors is always one of the highlights of Shriners International’s five-day Imperial Session. The courageous stories of these two remarkable individuals were shared via the premiere of the video, “Born to Inspire.” and the two were given their new titles and responsibilities.
Joe and Katie received life-changing care at the Shriners Hospitals in Minneapolis and St. Louis, respectively. Despite tremendous challenges, both have overcome and persevered, and are now accomplished athletes, achieving their goals and seeing their dreams become realities.
Ladlie has been a patient at Shriners Hospital since 2000. She was experiencing issues in one leg, and it was diagnosed as a vascular malformation of the leg called Geniune Disfuse Phlebectasia of Bockheimer. The pain continued to worsen until Katie had to face a most difficult decision. To end the debilitating pain caused by her washed-away knee cartilage, her family and her were presented two options: knee fusion (which would permanently straighten her leg) or an above-the-knee
The Ladlie Family, a close-knit family which provides Katie with a lot of support. They include bottom row (from left): Jim, Molly, Tricia and Katie. Back row: Jake and Kelsey.
She chose the amputation procedure because she wanted a more active, athletic lifestyle. Since the operation which occurred during her middle school years, she has been active in sports through the Disabled Athletes Sports Association (DASA) including sled hockey and swimming. Now a junior in high school, she also competed in high school track in the 100 meter and 200 meter dash in her hand-cranked cycle.
Every year, Shriners Hospitals for Children chooses two national patient ambassadors to represent the thousands of children who receive care at the health care system annually. The ambassadors spend a year sharing their stories in order to inspire others and raise awareness of Shriners Hospitals for Children.
The stories of Joe and Katie are representative of the successes that can be found throughout the 22-location Shriners Hospitals for Children health care system. To learn more about Joe and Katie, please see the enclosed bio or visit our YouTube Channel: http://youtu.be/TCFiszdMfBc and http://youtu.be/mTHOuuFsG7s.
Katie and Joe will represent the health care organization at some of Shriners Hospitals’ premier national events during the next year including a golf tournament in Las Vegas, the Rose Bowl Parade and the East-West Shriners Football Classic