Jonathan, who goes by “Yuri”, age 18 of Spring, Texas, has been a patient at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) since 2006. Yuri was born with a congenital limb difference in his arms and legs. TSRHC outfitted him with a prosthetic leg to help with this condition. Yuri is very active at TSRHC. Every summer, he attends TSRHC’s Camp Out On a Limb and says it’s the highlight of his summer vacation. Outside of Scottish Rite Hospital, Yuri plays the trumpet in his school’s band, is a member of his neighborhood swim team, he is also a Boy Scout and an active member of his church youth group. This is Yuri’s second TSRHC ski trip.
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 other generous supporters from the community, including the Stephen M. Seay Foundation help make this trip possible!