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Hometown Hero: Danny Pina

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Danny Pina was born in El Paso, a healthy baby. But his life changed because when he was 7 months old Danny contracted polio.

He was fitted with a leg brace and loved playing all sports despite his disability. He was even part of the championship team winning national in NAIA Division 1 Football in 1978 for Angelo State University.

But polio and sports have taken a toll on Danny's knees. This retired network engineer is in a wheelchair but he's still active and giving back.

At least once a week Danny volunteers at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children in Dallas.He was a patient there when he was 11 years old.

Danny escorts patients to their appointments, chatting with them on the way. He also plays wheelchair basketball with patients on the hospital's basketball court. That's important therapy that's also just a whole lotta fun. 

In three years Danny has donated almost 600 volunteer hours and he told me it means the world to him to give back there.

Danny is also one of the varsity coaches for the Dallas Junior Wheelchair Mavericks. If you'd like to see them in action their schedule is at http://dallasjuniorwheelchairmavericks.org

If you'd like info about being a volunteer at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children call 214.559.7825 or log on to www.tsrhc.org.

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