New organization provides awareness for scoliosis’ snake-like condition

Rita Cherry was 30 years old when she was diagnosed with scoliosis. A mass under her shoulder blade alerted her doctor and discovered that her spine was behind her right shoulder blade. The Grand Haven Township resident's spine is in the shape of the scoliosis signature "S' - but backward, with her right shoulder bumping backward, she said. "I had heard of it, but didn't know much about it,' Cherry said of scoliosis.
Kyle Moroney
May 24, 2011


Cherry, now 44 and president of the Grand Haven Eagles Women’s Auxiliary, wasn’t in pain and didn’t need to be braced for her scoliosis. She hopes more area families will learn about this sneaky spinal condition now that a new nonprofit organization in Grand Haven is dedicated to scoliosis research and awareness.

The Scoliosis Association of Ottawa County will hold its first meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in the upstairs portion of the Grand Haven Eagles, 20 N. Second St. The meeting is open to the public to gain information and knowledge about scoliosis.

Subsequent meetings will follow at 7 p.m. on the fourth Thursday of every month.

Kerrie Bassow, the local scoliosis chapter’s president and founder, said Thursday’s event will be an introductory meeting for people to get acquainted, and offer them materials and resources.

“If one person comes in and I only see that one person, I can’t ask for anything more than that,” she said. “I just want to be a resource.”

Bassow, of Grand Haven Township, began arming herself with information about scoliosis immediately after her then-12-year-old daughter, Libby, was diagnosed with a severe case of scoliosis two-and-a-half years ago.

To read more of this story, see today’s print edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.



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