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Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Mabeth, age 15 of Dallas

About Mabeth:

Mabeth Diaz_23Mabeth, age 15 of Dallas, Texas has been a patient at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children since July 2010. His journey to the hospital has changed his life, and his outlook, for the better. After an accident in 2010 severely damaging his right leg, a below-the-knee amputation was performed. His resilience was apparent when, two weeks later, he was relearning to walk with a prosthetic leg that the hospital made for him. Mabeth was the 2011 junior race director for the annual Dallas Marathon. Mabeth is very excited for his first Amputee Ski Trip, because he loves everything outdoors. Some of his favorite activities include basketball, soccer and golf.


About TSRHC’s Ski Trip:

Since 1981, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children has hosted an Annual Amputee Ski Trip for patients. Fourteen teenage patients, as well as medical staff and chaperones, spend a week at the National Sports Center for the Disabled (NSCD), in Winter Park, Colorado.

In a continuing effort to improve the lives of patients, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children recognized that snow skiing is well suited for amputees, and with special equipment, they quickly become competitive and often excel at the sport.

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 teens.

Since the first Amputee Ski Trip in 1981, the community has teamed up with the hospital to make this opportunity possible to patient families. American Airlines has sponsored the trip since 2005. Prior to that, Delta Airlines supported the event for more than 20 years. Multiple supporters include the Lone Star Skier’s Club of Dallas, Smith Group Asset Management, The Women’s Charity League of Park Cities, TSRHC volunteers and many others.

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