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14 Teenage Amputee Patients To Learn to Ski at National Sports Center for the Disabled

WHO: 14 teenage amputee patients, medical staff and chaperones from Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC)
Special guest – First Officer Tom Marquardt, American Airlines pilot and amputee
American Airlines representatives
TSRHC representatives, families and staff

WHAT: TSRHC and American Airlines will host a send-off party celebrating the 31st Annual Amputee Ski Trip to Winter Park, Colo., where 14 teenage patients from TSRHC will learn to ski. The send-off party will include a weather report and water cannon “shower of affection” arranged by American Airlines. New to this year’s send-off party, American Airlines will provide games and activities with ski-themed prizes for the patients to enjoy.

WHEN: Monday, January 30, 2012
10:00 a.m. Press check-in at Gate C-7 ticket counter for send-off party
TSRHC or Weber Shandwick representative to escort media to send-off party located in
Yandry Center, Terminal C
12:15 p.m. Flight departs Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) from Gate C-2 and “shower
of affection” takes place

WHERE: DFW Airport – Press check-in at Gate C-7 ticket counter, “Departures” level
Send-off party location – Yandry Center, Terminal C (Across from Gate C-2)
Parking at DFW Airport: Follow airport entrance signs to Terminal C Parking. Park in the first garage, closest to gate C-2. Please note, the C parking garage lower decks often fill up quickly due to ongoing airport construction – please allow ample time. Proceed from the C garage to the “Departures” level.

IMPORTANT MEDIA NOTE: DFW International Airport Security requires a list of first, middle and last names and dates of birth of all media, including reporters, photographers and engineers, by noon on Friday, Jan. 27, for security purposes. Please forward crew list to Melinda Wenk (contact information above) by phone or e-mail. Please note it is recognized that providing the list of names is not a confirmation of media attendance.

ABOUT AMPUTEE SKI TRIP: In a continuing effort to improve the lives of patients, TSRHC recognized that snow skiing is well suited for amputees, and with special equipment they often excel at the sport. American Airlines will provide air transportation for the patients for the seventh year, and TSRHC medical staff and chaperones will accompany the patients for this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Skiing at the renowned National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD) creates a focus for the trip, but the personal growth and challenges the teens experience are often more life-changing than the actual accomplishment of skiing. The goal of the trip is to foster a sense of self-confidence, discovery and independence for these special children. Thanks to generous friends, including American Airlines and their partners, the trip is available at no charge to patient families.

HOSPITAL INFORMATION: Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children is one of the nation’s leading pediatric centers for the treatment of orthopaedic conditions, certain related neurological disorders and learning disorders, such as dyslexia. Admission is open to Texas children from birth up to 18 years of age. Patients receive treatment regardless of the family’s ability to pay. For more information, to volunteer or to make a donation, please call (214) 559-5000 or (800) 421-1121 or visit www.tsrhc.org.

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