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Miles4Hips: Who We Are

Miles4Hips is a patient-driven, collaborative initiative between individuals affected by hip dysplasia and the International Hip Dysplasia Institute (IHDI). The IHDI is the global leader in educational, research, and technological initiatives aimed at prevention, early diagnosis, and innovative treatment options to minimize the long-term impacts of hip dysplasia for infants, children, adolescents, and adults. We are dedicated to raising awareness of adolescent and adult hip dysplasia, supporting the efforts of the International Hip Dysplasia Institute (IHDI), providing information and resources for the adolescent and adult hip dysplasia community, and promoting the enjoyment of movement and miles in all people for healthy hips and minds.

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Board of Directors

We are an all-volunteer group of hip dysplasia patients and advocates committed to serving individuals whose lives have been affected by hip dysplasia and supporting the mission, vision, and global initiatives of the International Hip Dysplasia Institute.

Shannon Carroll

Shannon is a corporate businesswoman turned stay-at-home mom extraordinaire.  She lives in Cincinnati, OH with her husband Brent and two kids Gavin (7) and Kat (4).  She enjoys weightlifting, yoga, hiking, travel, the arts, volunteering and spending time with friends & family.

After years of unexplained and unexplored hip, back, and lower extremity pain that she attributed to high impact sports (championship Irish dance), running and “getting older,” Shannon was re-diagnosed with hip dysplasia in 2015.  Yes, re-diagnosed.  She was treated in infancy with the 80’s version of the Pavlik harness, triple cloth diapers.  After careful consideration, she underwent bilateral PAO and scopes along with multiple right hip revisions in 2015-2018.  She is thrilled to be starting 2019 with healthy hips and a return to full activity!

Shannon and Nancy always dreamed of running together.  This was backburnered for years due to hip surgeries.  In September 2018, Shannon and Nancy finally had the opportunity to “run” together during Nancy’s Bear100.  The 5 miles they “ran” together in the mountains of Utah were both memorable and inspiring.

Lainee Flanigan

Lainee is a Global Commodity Manager for a gold mining company. When she is not running through an airport for work, Lainee loves skiing, traveling for fun with her husband, Mick, hiking the Front Range, stand up paddle boarding, sailing, and kayaking.

Lainee was technically diagnosed with “hip problems” at age 11, but it took until age 34 to be diagnosed with hip dysplasia requiring surgery. The summer of 2018 she met with 7 surgeons and 2 PTs.  After accepting that PT would not fix the structural issues with her hip she had a right periacetabular osteotomy(PAO) in January of 2018 and screw removal 8 months later; both with Dr. Swann in Denver, Colorado.

Lainee’s favorite Miles4Hips are found traveling the world or in the Rocky Mountains. In one-year Lainee went to 6 of the 7 continents. Last year, Lainee had her PAO and still traveled to Brazil, Ghana, Spain, Mexico, and Texas. Never letting her hips hold her back, she wants to help others know its ok to get back out there no matter if you are walking, crutching, and/or wheeling.

Nancy Muir

Nancy is a pediatric physical therapist, post-graduate student, aspiring researcher, and trail runner living and working in Colorado.  When she is not working, studying, or running, Nancy enjoys traveling to spend time with family and friends, snuggling with her special needs kitties, hiking in the mountains, mountain biking, planning her next life adventure, and finding the best coffee and pastry shops wherever her travels take her.

Nancy was diagnosed with hip dysplasia in 2014 at the age of 31.  She had a combined right hip arthroscopy and periacetabular osteotomy (PAO) in early 2015 and had the same combined procedures on her left hip in late 2016.

Nancy’s favorite Miles4Hips are found on trails.  She has run over 30 marathons and ultra-marathons and appreciates the fact that trail running is a sport where it’s cool to bring your own assistive device (aka her trusty hiking poles).  Even though she is not as fast as she used to be and has to spend WAY more time strengthening and cross-training than she’d prefer to keep her hips spry, she is always on the quest to challenge herself physically and mentally, and enjoys using her running to raise awareness and support for hip dysplasia.

Inspired to Go Far