Gage, age 17, of Grand Prairie, Texas, has been going to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children since 1998. Being a patient at the hospital has been an incredible gift to him and his family. Diagnosed with cancer at a young age, Gage had radiation to his spine which resulted in scoliosis. After several years, Gage was re diagnosed with cancer at age 15 and had his leg amputated. He loves everything outdoors and he is very excited to attend the Amputee Ski Trip, where he can learn how to use his skateboarding skills while snowboarding for the first time. Gage also loves to build engines and other things, he aspires to be an engineer in the future so that he can make prosthetics for people like him.
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.