Cassandra “Cassy”, age 17 of Mesquite, Texas, is attending the hospital’s ski trip for her third year. Cassy has been a patient at TSRHC since she was five months old and wears a prosthesis on her left leg. One of the many reasons Cassy enjoys this trip is because she loves being outdoors. She also enjoys going fishing and camping. On last year’s ski trip, Cassy’s confidence and independence dramatically increased as she improved her skiing skills by spending one-on-one time the entire week with a volunteer instructor from the National Sports Center for the Disabled.
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.
ing 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.