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Ken Duke visits Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children

Ken Duke (right) with author June Hyjek and Dr. Steve Richards.

June 14, 2017

By John Bush, PGA TOUR Staff

During the PGA TOUR’s traditional two-week stop in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, PGA TOUR member Ken Duke took time out of his schedule to appear at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children to raise awareness of scoliosis.

On Wednesday, May 17 during the AT&T Byron Nelson, Duke took part in a book reading of "Being Grace – A Story for Children about Scoliosis." 

"Being Grace" was written by author June Hyjek to raise awareness of Scoliosis, showing the emotional consequences of the condition through the story of Grace, a young giraffe who is diagnosed at an early age. Grace’s journey eventually leads to self-acceptance, as she realizes that perfect comes in all shapes, sizes and colors—even crooked.

"'Being Graceis a great book that provides a better understanding of scoliosis and how to overcome how others may view and interact with you,” said Duke, who was diagnosed with the musculoskeletal disorder while in the seventh grade. “Grace, the giraffe, is a great example for young children diagnosed with scoliosis.”

The Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children is one of the nation's leading pediatric centers for the treatment of orthopedic conditions, sports injuries and fractures, as well as certain related arthritic and neurological disorders and learning disorders. Patients receive treatment regardless of the family's ability to pay. For more information, visit

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