Erika (right) pictured on the 2014 Ski Trip with her sister Sarah
Erika, age 16 of Wylie, Texas, has been a patient at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) since 2006. She had severe clubfeet as a child, which required amputation. Although nervous at age 8, Erika was ready to do the amputation because her sister is an amputee and she gave her the courage to go through with it. Some of Erika’s favorite activities include guitar, knitting, sewing, crocheting, blogging, cooking and volunteering as a Junior Volunteer at TSRHC. She is looking forward to her second year on the Amputee Ski Trip, where she will spend the week with all of her friends from the hospital.
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!