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Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Selam, age 15 of Lewisville

About Selam:

SelamSelam, age 15 of Lewisville, Texas, is attending the Amputee Ski Trip for the first time. She is so excited because she has not seen mountains or real snow before. Selam was born in Ethiopia and was burned as a baby, resulting in the need to have her leg amputated. Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children has given her the ability to be a kid and participate in normal activities girls her age like to do. Selam recently got a running leg, so she has been enjoying running lately. She absolutely loves to read, as well as make new friends, which she looks forward to doing on the 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 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.

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Sarah, age 14 of Wylie

About Sarah: 

SarahSarah, age 14, of Wylie, Texas has been a patient of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children since 2004. She has been a patient for two surgeries separating her webbed fingers, as well one on her amputated leg. Sarah loves meeting people at the hospital and making new friends.  On top of making new friends, she loves ballet, playing soccer, reading, gymnastics and water sports.  Sarah is looking forward to the plane landing in Colorado so she can get on the slopes and ski!

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.

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Mabeth, age 15 of Dallas

About Mabeth:

Mabeth Diaz_23Mabeth, age 15 of Dallas, Texas has been a patient at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children since July 2010. His journey to the hospital has changed his life, and his outlook, for the better. After an accident in 2010 severely damaging his right leg, a below-the-knee amputation was performed. His resilience was apparent when, two weeks later, he was relearning to walk with a prosthetic leg that the hospital made for him. Mabeth was the 2011 junior race director for the annual Dallas Marathon. Mabeth is very excited for his first Amputee Ski Trip, because he loves everything outdoors. Some of his favorite activities include basketball, soccer and golf.

 
 

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.

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Luke, age 14 of Dallas

About Luke:

LukeGiddenLuke, age 14, of Dallas, Texas has been a patient at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children since he had his right leg amputated due to bone cancer in 2012. The hospital has been a very special place to the Giddens family over the past few years. Luke is very excited for the Amputee Ski Trip, because he can’t wait to meet other kids who have lost their limbs and see how they have coped with their specific situations. Luke absolutely loves to play all types of video games and hopes to be a pediatric oncologist when he is older.

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.

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Lauren, age 14 of Colleyville

 

Lauren

About Lauren: Lauren, age 14 of Colleyville, Texas, has been a patient at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children since she was 6 months old. Lauren had a staph infection that affected the growth plates in her right leg, which led to the need for amputation. TSRHC has been a second home to Lauren and her family her whole life. This is Lauren’s first time going on the Amputee Ski Trip and she is very excited to see real snow and to go skiing. Her prosthetics have given Lauren the mobility and ability to be free and do the fun activities she loves, such as cooking, shopping, water sports and archery.

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.

West Texas A&M Students Help Design New Prosthetic

Young, energetic students at West Texas A&M are making great steps forward in both their chosen field of engineering and in helping their fellow Texans.  A group of four students spent a full semester working on a prosthetic hand designed for patients with Symbrachydactyly (a common hand and foot disorder).

The Idea

TSRHC collaborated with West Texas A&M engineering professor, Dr. Emily Hunt, with the idea of designing a new prosthetic hand.  Guided by Dr. Dwight Putnam of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, the students took up the project eagerly and were aided through this special project by Dr. Hunt and her 10-year-old daughter Aly who has Symbrachydactyly.

The Design

TSRHC Pediatric Orthopedics

The base design came from a prosthetist from South Africa who posted the design online for any who wished to download for free.  From there, the students worked the design carefully, using common tools including bungee cords, fishing line, and a 3-D printer.  Aly tested drafts of the design and gave the students feedback, helping them understand the needs and preferences of the patients who will actually use the prosthetic.

The design functions through simple muscle movement.  When Aly bends her wrist, the fingers close, when she straightens it, the fingers open.  Aly said it is easy to use and finds it very helpful.  What is even more impressive is that the hand can be produced for a mere $15!

The Human Element

The West Texas A&M students who worked on the project said it was a truly unique and inspiring project.  Engineering students rarely get to work on something that has such a significant impact on actual people with specific needs.

Working with the hospital, Dr. Hunt, and Aly, added a human element that increased the value and importance of their work.  Receiving instant patient feedback and suggestions helped them identify problems, improve the design, and ultimately become more successful engineers.  It was an experience they aren’t likely to forget and their work is sure to bless the lives of thousands of patients to come.

Photo Credit: Sean Steffen – Amarillo Globe News

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Jonathan, age 17 of Spring, Texas

About Jonathan: 

Jonathan YuriJonathan, 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.

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Hannah, age 15 of Mesa, Arizona

About Hannah:

HannahHannah, age 15 of Mesa, Arizona, has been a patient at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children since she was 3 months old. Hannah was born missing part of her right leg, which sparked the need for a prosthetic.  Not sure what to do and very concerned about Hannah’s future, TSRHC has become one of the most incredible blessings to the Fox family. Hannah is very excited for the Amputee Ski Trip, she has always wanted to learn how to snowboard. In her free time, she loves to read, write, draw and listen and dance to music. In the future, Hannah would love to design computer games for a living!

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.

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Gage, age 17 of Grand Prairie

About Gage:

gageGage, 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.

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Erika, age 15 of Wylie

About Erika:

ErikaErika Minich, age 15, of Wylie, Texas, has been a patient at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children 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 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 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.