The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show’s giving is legendary and provided the cornerstone of the planning and building of the first pediatric hospital in the South – Texas Children’s Hospital. One of our newer traditions is celebrating a patient each week at the show that the team at Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus selects. Meet the two special children we are privileged to honor at the 72nd Pin Oak Charity Horse Show presented by PJP Farm and Irish Day Farm!
MAX SMITH – WEEK I HONORED HERO
When four-year-old Max Smith began to behave differently, his mother’s intuition knew something was wrong. Tests indicated that his blood sugar level was high, and Max was transferred to Texas Children’s Hospital where he was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. Max stayed in the hospital for one week, and he and his family learned about controlling his diabetes.
Today, Max continues to learn about his condition and knows the foods he can and cannot eat. He continues to visit Texas Children’s Hospital every three months for check-ups and maintains a positive outlook on everything he has encountered. Three years have passed since Max’s diagnosis, and he is enjoying life. He recently celebrated his seventh birthday and spends most of his time with his family and all of his pets—two monkeys, two cats and a snake! He also loves all things football and says that JJ Watt is his hero.
Max will be honored at the $30,000 Amalaya Investment / Oasis Petroleum Grand Prix on March 25th. We look forward to hosting him and his family at the show and our thanks to West Point Buick GMC for providing Max’s center ring ride in a luxurious convertible!
DORIAN ROSS – WEEK II HONORED HERO
Almost one year ago, Dorian Ross was taken to an emergency room with a high fever. Showing no other symptoms, he returned to school once his fever subsided, but it wasn’t long before his ever returned. Dorian was then taken to Texas Children’s Hospital West Campus and later transported to Texas Children’s Hospital Main Campus, where he was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. He began chemotherapy the following day.
After his diagnosis, Dorian stood strong. His mom describes him as an “old soul” who is wise beyond his years. He would even bargain when it came to his procedures—“if you buy me a horse, I’ll let you”—he would tell his mother. Dorian loves animals, especially horses and foxes! Today, he is on his way to better health. He celebrated his eighth birthday in December and spends his days with his family and his three dogs. He even has a ‘job’ at a local water supply store and enjoys putting labels on the bottles. Dorian makes friends wherever he goes and looks forward to owning a horse one day!
Dorian will be celebrated at the $30,000 Hildebrand Fund Grand Prix on April 1st with center ring honors in the Wells Fargo Stage Coach thanks to Wells Fargo The Private Bank of The Woodlands! We look forward to honoring Dorian and sharing a special night with his family.
Welcome to the Pin Oak family Max and Dorian!
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