U.S. Figure Skater Comes Home for Shriners Benefit

9:22 PM, May 9, 2008   |    comments
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(KSDK) -- Saturday afternoon, ice skating fans will have an opportunity to watch one of the sport's up and coming stars. Brandon Mroz, a native of Affton, Missouri, is coming home for a cause that's near and dear to his heart. When the 17-year-old steps on the ice, the world and its worries just seem to melt. "Kind of get away from my everyday troubles, school gets out of my head, family, you know, whatever," Mroz said. "So it's kind of my zone and I can do whatever I want." And what this young man has wanted to do for as long as he can remember, is skate. "It's kind of my sense of relaxation, but still it's work, don't get me wrong, when I'm out there, I'm always pushing it," said Mroz. His talent so impressive, that five years ago he left family and friends in hopes of fullfilling his Olympic dream. He's spent the past three years in Colorado Springs, Colorado. "Really, to give up family to do a sport is tough," said Mroz. "Especially with what has happened in my family." It was august of 2005, Brandon's mother and younger brother, Spencer, were returning from a trip to Colorado when their car was crushed by another vehicle outside Kansas City. Brandon's mother was critically injured. Spencer suffered a spinal cord injury that left him partially paralyzed. "It was very tough, kind of opened my eyes, I guess," said Mroz. "I mean, we are all good people, but terrible things happen, and it was unfortunate, but for my skating, I guess it really matured me, made me stay on track and you know and know what I want, and not veer off." While Spencer recieved treatment at Shriners Hospital for Children in Chicago, Brandon became determined to help any way he could. "You know, when I came home with Spence, I saw kids at the hospital that were in his position and some even worse," says Mroz. "It's such a sad sight, so if we could get money for a show or anything it's great way to give back to what they've given us." It's the reason he's come home to skate in front of hometown fans and raise awareness about the gift Shriners has given his family. Brandon Mroz will be the featured skater at the 3rd Annual 'Oscars On Ice' presented by the Metro Edge Figure Skating Club of Missouri. This year's show benefits Shriners Hospitals for Children. The show will be held Saturday, May 10th at the Webster Groves Ice Arena at 33 E. Glendale in Webster Groves. Proceeds from the show benefit Shriners Hospitals for Children. The show begins with red carpet arrivals at 3pm, followed by the ice show at 4pm. Tickets are available at the Webster Groves Recreational Complex, Serendipity Ice Cream at 8130 Big Bend and Go Figure at 7507 Big Bend Blvd. Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for children (5-12), and 4 and under are free.


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