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Author Elizabeth Golden and Dancer Sarah Patellos to Serve as National Spokespersons for the National Scoliosis Foundation
Date:3/11/2008

ve hope and reassurance to the thousands of young people facing an unknown road."

Scoliosis, or curvature of the spine, affects 2-3% of the population, an estimated 6 million people in the United States, and there is no cure. Scoliosis impacts infants, adolescents, and adults worldwide. The primary age of onset is 10-15 years old, occurring equally among both genders. However, girls are eight times more likely to progress to a curve magnitude that requires treatment. Scoliosis can impact the quality of life with limited activity, pain and reduced respiratory function. However, early detection and treatment can often stop progression and minimize the effects.

About Elizabeth Golden

Elizabeth Golden of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was diagnosed with scoliosis at age 13, in the seventh grade. After surgery to correct curvatures in her spine, she was able to play varsity tennis and squash in high school, and went on to become a nationally-ranked squash player. She is currently a student at Yale University in New Haven, CT, where she is still active in those and other sports. For more information on her book, please visit http://www.WhenLifeThrowsYouACurve.com.

About Sarah Patellos

Sarah Patellos of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, began wearing a Boston brace for idiopathic scoliosis in fourth grade. A "model brace wearer" for six years, she was involved with Boston brace international as a patient model for their trainings and print material. A worsening curve led to spinal fusion surgery in July 2007. She is now fully recovered, and returned to dance in a competition with her team. Sarah is a junior in high school.

About the National Scoliosis Foundation

The National Scoliosis Foundation (NSF) is a patient-led nonprofit organization helping children, parents, adults, and health-care providers to understand the complexities of spinal deformities such as scoliosis.
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