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Princess Eugenie takes on patronage close to her heart

Princess Eugenie
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2021 is going to be a busy year for Princess Eugenie. Not only is she welcoming her first child but she will be taking on a patronage close to her heart.

Eugenie will be the patron of the Scoliosis Association UK. The Scoliosis Association or, SAUK is the only UK wide patient support organisation for people with scoliosis and their families. The organisation provides up-to-date information on scoliosis and related health matters, organises patient meetings, and organises campaigns and activities to raise awareness of the disease.

Eugenie underwent surgery for the condition when she was 12 years old. Eugenie recalled the eight-hour surgery during an interview in 2018. Sharing that surgeons inserted eight-inch titanium rods into each side of her spine, and one-and-a-half-inch screws at the top of her neck.

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Eugenie was applauded during her 2018 wedding to Jack Brooksbank for wearing a wedding dress that showed her surgery scar. She said, “it’s a lovely way to honor the people who looked after me and a way of standing up for young people who also go through this.

“I think you can change the way beauty is, and you can show people your scars and I think it’s really special to stand up for that.”

In a press release, SAUK said the following of the princess:

HRH Princess Eugenie’s own personal story has been an inspiration to many of us and our families who are affected by scoliosis. We know that she will not only relate to the work that SAUK does in supporting those with scoliosis and their families and raise awareness of scoliosis, but also help to raise the profile of the charity and expand its appeal and its message.

Stephanie Clark, co-founder, and chair of SAUK also issued a statement, “‘I am absolutely delighted and grateful that Princess Eugenie is to be our Royal Patron. Her bravery and experience makes this a very personal decision, and will continue to offer encouragement to the many people of all ages who are struggling to come to terms with their scoliosis.”

Scoliosis is a sideways curvature of the spine that often occurs during the growth spurt just before puberty. Scoliosis can also be caused by conditions such as muscular dystrophy and cerebral palsy. To this date, the cause of most cases remains unknown.

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My name is Sydney Zatz and I am a University of Iowa graduate. I graduated with a degree in journalism and sports studies, and a minor in sport and recreation management. A highlight of my college career was getting the chance to study abroad in London and experiencing royal history firsthand. I have a passion for royals, royal history, and journalism, which led me to want to write for Royal Central.