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Grateful Patients Program
Written by Administrator

There are so many patients whose lives are greatly transformed after spinal surgery. It is not uncommon for patients to feel as if they have been given a gift, and similarly, it is not uncommon for these patients to want to give something back. For this reason, the Harms Study Group has identified these patients as Grateful Patients.

The work of a Harms Study Group Grateful Patient can entail lending one's voice to promote HSG's cause via social media—by "liking" us on Facebook or following us on Twitter. It can involve volunteering one's time to promote HSG's cause in your community, or it can involve monetary donations to help build the base from which HSG's work and research will continue growing.

While countless lives have been touched by the work of the Harms Study Group, we are aware that countless more still need to be reached. Therefore, we would love all grateful patients, as well as family members and friends of grateful patients, to offer their support in any way they possibly can.

For more information on becoming a Grateful Patient, please contact Michelle Marks at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

Grateful patient

Our first incredible grateful patient Kathy Ricciardi

Kathy Ricciardi is a 20 year old patient of Alfred I. duPont Children's Hospital in Wilmington Delaware. She was diagnosed with Adolescent Idiopathic Scoliosis when she was 10 years old of age with a 22 degree spinal curvature. Despite bracing, her curve increased to 52 degrees and with significant truncal asymmetry, she underwent spinal fusion in 2009.