News & Announcements

SpineHope Board – Board Position

SpineHope is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming the lives of children worldwide through surgery, education and research. SpineHope’s primary objectives are to correct spinal deformities, alleviate pain, when possible prevent paralysis, and improve the quality of life for underprivileged children around the world. Our mission has required us to work closely with volunteer orthopedic surgeons and neurosurgeons throughout the United States; host hospitals and medical staff abroad; international communities; and medical equipment, supplies and technology companies. The collaboration we have had thus far has resulted in spine surgery for hundreds of children, allowing them to walk taller and live fuller lives.

In order to keep up with program growth and pursue opportunities to help even more children on an annual basis, we are expanding our nonprofit board to ensure maximum impact. At this time, SpineHope is seeking 1-2 individuals to join our Board of Directors. We are looking for individuals who believe in the SpineHope mission, have a passion for nonprofit fundraising and are able to commit the time necessary to fundraising efforts. Expectations for these positions include: playing an active role in securing the financial resources necessary for SpineHope to achieve its mission; leveraging personal connections and professional networks to identify and solicit potential donors; helping the board fulfill its fiduciary responsibilities; attending at least three quarterly board meetings per year in Austin, Texas; investing personally in the mission by making a personal contribution on an annual basis; and advocating on behalf of SpineHope by promoting our mission, programs and services.

If you or someone you know would be interested in joining our cause, please submit details to Dawn Deakin at

Meet Estefany – Our Next U.S. Hub Program Participant

We would like to introduce Miss Estefany Patricia Santos Rosales, from Guatemala. She is a sweet 16 year old girl who suffers from a rare spinal deformity (severe congenital kyphoscoliosis), which along with the obvious physical impact also causes her considerable pain and could become life-threatening. She has been selected […]

SpineHope’s Ethiopia Medical Mission Trip – Jan 18-28, 2017

It brings us joy to announce that the next SpineHope medical mission trip will be January 18-28, 2017, at the Myungsung Christian Medical Center (MCM) in Ethiopia! Ethiopia remains one of the world’s least developed countries and its children suffer from an incredibly high number of spinal deformities and other […]

KENDRA SCOTT Gives Back Party – to Support SpineHope – July 28th

To help support SpineHope and the children we serve, KENDRA SCOTT Jewelry has generously agreed to host a jewelry party at their original South Congress location in Austin on July 28th from 6-8pm CT! Come enjoy fabulous jewelry (including the FALL COLLECTION coming out the week prior to the event), […]

2017 SpineHope Costa Rica Medical Mission Trip – Feb 25th – Mar 5th, 2017

We are pleased to announce that our 2017 spine medical mission trip to Costa Rica is set for February 25 – March 5, 2017. Partnering once again with surgeons at the National Children’s Hospital (Hospital Nacional de Ninos) in Costa Rica’s capital city of San Jose, we will provide treatment and […]

Suharshi Dabrera – Coming from Sri Lanka to Austin for Spine Surgery on March 31st

Suharshi Dabrera, 15 years old, has been selected as the next SpineHope U.S. Hub Patient and will travel to Austin for spinal deformity corrective surgery, scheduled for March 31, 2016 at Dell Children’s Medical Center, a member of Ascension. Her surgery is to be performed by volunteer surgeon and SpineHope […]

SpineHope Education Conference/Event in Costa Rica – Saturday, February 27th

SpineHope, with the support of the Hospital Nacional De Ninos, will be holding a unique Education Conference on Saturday, February 27th from 3:00pm – 5:00pm in San Jose, Costa Rica. This event is focused on advanced techniques and treatments of Scoliosis and other complex spine conditions. Four esteemed Spine and Orthopedic Surgeons […]

SpineHope Medical Mission Trip to Costa Rica – February 20-28, 2016

Partnering with local host surgeons, Dr. Alpizar and Dr. Max Mendez, we will be sending an amazing volunteer team once again to the National Children’s Hospital “Hospital Nacional de Ninos” in Costa Rica’s capital city of San Jose. During this trip our team will perform an annual check-up with children who […]

Special Broadcast on Scoliosis and SpineHope

Special Broadcast on Scoliosis & SpineHope If you missed Dr. Matthew Geck’s broadcast on Scoliosis; new, innovative solutions for Scoliosis; and raising awareness about SpineHope and our mission, click on the link for the recorded podcast: A special thank you to Dr. Geck for taking the time to discuss […]

1st Hub Patient’s Surgery is a Perfect Success!

Up at the crack of dawn today, the three of us braced for the freezing Austin weather for our short journey from the Ronald McDonald House to Dell Children’s Medical Center. The day had arrived and… and there still were so many emotions to be felt; but each nurse, co-waiting-room family, […]

The Day of Days for Hub Patient Arleth Lopez

Today SpineHope asks for prayers and well wishes from our supporters, as today is the day our first Hub Patient, Arleth, is having her scoliosis surgery with Dr. Geck at Dell Children’s Medical Center. We are confident in the team of professionals and care Arleth is receiving, but we still […]

Butterfly Foundation’s Mission to the Dominican Republic

Wishing the Butterfly Foundation the best on their upcoming medical mission to the Dominican Republic. They too are a nonprofit dedicated to the sharing of spine surgery technology, expertise and care to other nations looking to partner with U.S. based teams to develop their spine deformity program and improve the lives of […]

Butterfly DR Volunteer Team

Unexpected Appendix Surgery Postpones Hub Patient’s Spine Surgery

After an unexpected run-in with appendicitis last weekend Arleth’s spine surgery had to be postponed until this coming Tuesday. Through this experience we have been reminded of a few things: One: That the things most worth seeking after don’t always come easily. Two: That Arleth is one brave tough cookie. […]

SpineHope’s Guatemalan Hub Patient is on her way to Austin, TX for needed Spine Surgery

We are happy to announce that our first US Hub Program patient is officially on their way to Austin to have surgery at Dell Children’s Hospital with SpineHope’s Medical Director & President, Dr. Matthew Geck. Traveling all the way from Guatemala our 14-year-old patient Arleth and her mother are anxious to […]

Dr. Matthew Geck presents at Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery’s Annual Meeting

Dr. Matthew Geck presents at Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery Annual Meeting in Las Vegas. In November of 2013, Dr. Geck presented 2 year results on minimally invasive scoliosis at the Society for Minimally Invasive Spine Surgery conference in Las Vegas. Click below to read a summary of “Feasibility […]

Dr. Geck in Office