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American Airlines, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children to Host Send-Off Party Celebrating Annual Amputee Ski Trip

• 14 teenage amputee patients, medical staff and chaperones from Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC)
• TSRHC families and staff
• American Airlines representatives
• Ski trip sponsors and friends, including American Airlines

WHAT: TSRHC and American Airlines will host a send-off party celebrating the kickoff of the
30th Annual Amputee Ski Trip to Winter Park, Colo., where 14 teenage patients from TSRHC will learn to ski. The send-off party will also include a weather report and water cannon “shower of affection” arranged by American Airlines.

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 airfare for the patients, 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 creates a focus for the trip, but the personal growth and challenges the teens overcome 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.

WHEN: Monday, January 17, 2011
10:30 a.m. Press check-in at Terminal D, Security Gate 22 for send-off party
12:35 p.m. Flight departs Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW) and “shower of
affection” takes place

WHERE: DFW International Airport – American Airlines Admirals Club, Terminal D (across from Gate D23)
Parking at DFW Airport: Follow airport entrance signs to Terminal D Parking. (Terminal D is located directly below the Grand Hyatt hotel). Take the Level 3 garage sky bridge to Terminal D, Gates D1-D40. There will be a hospital representative at the airport to meet you when you arrive.

IMPORTANT MEDIA NOTE: DFW International Airport Security requires a list of first, middle and last names and dates of birth of possible media, including reporters, photographers and engineers, by noon on Friday, Jan. 14, 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.

HOSPITAL INFORMATION: Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children is one of the nation’s leading pediatric centers for the treatment of orthopedic 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. 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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