Caroline, age 14 of Fort Worth, Texas, is attending the Amputee Ski Trip for the first time. She is the only one in her school with prosthetics so she is very excited to spend the week with other kids that she can relate to and be herself around. Caroline has been a patient at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children since she was three months old, where she has been treated for bilateral fibular hemimelia. The hospital has been a blessing to Caroline and her family—it has let her be everything she can be and do anything she wants to do. Outside of school, Caroline enjoys volleyball, basketball, soccer, reading, listening to music and going to the movies!
About TSRHC’s Amputee 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.