Jonathan, who goes by Yuri, of Spring, TX is 17 years old and has been a patient at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children since 2006. He was born with congenital limb difference in his arms and legs and wears a prosthetic leg. In addition to attending the Amputee Ski Trip last year, Yuri has attended TSRHC’s Camp Out On A Limb, a camp that brings prosthetic patients together to share and support one another. He has attended this every summer since he became a patient and every year he says it is one of the best weeks of his summer vacation. Yuri plays the trumpet in his school’s band, is a member of his neighborhood swim team, is active in his church youth group and participates in Boy Scouts of America.
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.