TSRHC
Temp

Latest News

Category Archives: Events

Summer Colors Art Auction: Meet the 2016 Artists, Part II

Summer Colors, now in its eighth year, was an idea born out of passion for both art and the patients of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Founded in 2009 by Jenny and Loren Koziol and Jill and Dupree Scovell, this silent art auction raises awareness about the hospital, while also exposing the Dallas community to up and coming local artists. To date, Summer Colors has raised more than $66,000 for the hospital.

Each year, local artists donate original pieces of art to be featured in the auction, with all the proceeds benefiting Scottish Rite Hospital. Over the next few weeks, we will be introducing you to all of the artists.

This year’s event will be held on Thursday, July 21, 2016 at Scottish Rite Hospital. Additional information can be found at community.tsrhc.org/summer-colors.

Meet our second round of artists below! Please note: all photos of the art are shown as examples of their work. 

DESMOND BLAIR

Desmond Blair- Audrey1964Desmond is a Dallas based 2D artist that specializes in oil painting. Desmond experiments with various types of composition but most of his work centers around the human figure. He attempts to capture the emotion of specific moments and is heavily influenced by 2D animation. Desmond also channels the creativity from his art work into his work as a Project Manager for TSRHC. He believes creativity is just as much about solving problems as it is exploring possibilities.

Inspiration:

Family, mentors, friends and he also finds inspiration from people he meet. He feels that people are passion because people carry stories with them that can have so much wisdom and opportunities to learn more about life.

HELEN GREEN

Helen Green’s work was described by a local Dallas store as “simplistic beauty with light and airy colors that will add a touch of summer to any room”. Raised in Boerne, Texas under her mom’s easel, Helen has developed her graceful style, which has caught the attention of area stores, cafes and followers on Facebook site called GraceFilledNestTumblr.com

Helen Green -tumblr_n1ubvwz9TX1rj38qzo1_540Her education began at the University of Texas but chose to graduate at the Art Institute of Dallas. She left the stressful corporate world environment after beginning her career in a high-end specialty store in the visual communications department and ending as a senior art director for a national retailer. Now she finds true joy and peace as a stay at home mom with her precious 6-year-old daughter where she takes time to paint in her studio.

She also has mini art camps from home to encourage children to find joy in painting during a 2 hour sessions. Each with devotion, inspiration and snacks. They leave with their painted canvases and a smile! Facebook site called “Grace Filled Nest Mini Art Camps”

Sweetly rooted in her faith, Helen is moved daily by the beauty that she sees in the world through the eyes of the LORD. It’s amazing the following that she is blessed with in like-minded people and others that recognize a still small voice in her work.

 

ERIKA KRIVDA

Erika Krivda- 997026_10152550584786065_474948108921284908_nIn her own words: I believe that there is no one “thing” that inspires me. My inspiration comes from an accumulation of three things: my past, present, and future. Coming from a family of artists, I have been painting and creating since I was a child. I’ve watched my artwork evolve over the years and I love finding new ways to create. Painting is my way of understanding myself and everything around me.

RACHEL NASH

artwork 1- rachel nash_resizedRachel Nash is an oil painter inspired by stories and human nature. Nash believes the act of creating is part of our make-up as humans. Nash is a native of Oklahoma City and came to Dallas to study at Southern Methodist University. Nash moved away to Chicago for three years to receive her Masters from the School of The Art Institute of Chicago before heading back to Texas. Nash is also an Art Therapist and Licensed Professional Counselor.

 

 

CHARLSIE DOAN

Doan1In her own words: I am a self-taught landscape artist, primarily using oils and sometimes watercolors.

Inspiration: My inspirations are the colors of the sky. My grandparents live on a farm in rural New Mexico, and I love being there because the sky is so wide and huge that it is possible to see everything, the stars, the clouds, the sunrises, and the sunsets. I especially love the vibrant oranges and reds of sunset, and these are the colors that you can see most in my paintings.

 

BRITTNEY WELLS

Brittney Wells -red_white_resized

In her own words: I have been painting and drawing since I was 5 years old. I am a former patient of TSRH. I received my BFA in graphic design from Texas A&M University-Commerce in 2010. I will paint or draw on anything that will hold paint. The world is my canvas, from walls (murals) to shoes to printing t-shirts to paint on making my own canvases; I’m blessed to say I do it all!

Inspiration: I get my inspiration from everyday life and sometimes even my dreams. Most times I’ll let my imagination run wild on a canvas.

Summer Colors Art Auction: Meet the 2016 Artists

Summer Colors, now in its eighth year, was an idea born out of passion for both art and the patients of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Founded in 2009 by Jenny and Loren Koziol and Jill and Dupree Scovell, this silent art auction raises awareness about the hospital, while also exposing the Dallas community to up and coming local artists. To date, Summer Colors has raised more than $66,000 for the hospital.

Each year, local artists donate original pieces of art to be featured in the auction, with all the proceeds benefiting Scottish Rite Hospital. Over the next few weeks, we will be introducing you to all of the artists.

This year’s event will be held on Thursday, July 21, 2016 at Scottish Rite Hospital. Additional information can be found at community.tsrhc.org/summer-colors.

Meet our first round of artists below! Please note: all photos of the art are shown as examples of their work. 

LYDIA ABIGAIL

Lydia Abigail has been heavily involved in the art industry for nearly 7 years. She has participated art shows with the North East Art Association, Texas Woman’s University, the 101 Gallery, and many Lydia Abigail Williams-DSC_0351local shops. Lydia loves to connect with other artists and has completed many art shows, pop-up galleries or craft markets with other artists in her area. Not only does Lydia show her work locally, but she also has completed live art drawings for coffee shop events and lead therapeutic art workshops. She has completed commissioned jobs with work in oil paint, pencil, charcoal, ink and chalk. Lydia has been trained in oil, acrylic, watercolor, charcoal, pencil, woodwork and clay and is always continuing her study of these mediums. Lydia Abigail is currently involved in many local creative organizations which give her inspiration and encouragement!

Inspiration:

Lydia Abigail is inspired by this magnificently beautiful world around her. Many of her works of art are based off of or are impressions of nature. Natural sources and images are often incorporated into each of her pieces, whether by pictures, scientific studies, or the simple observation of earthly-details. Overall, she finds the outdoors to be her main source of inspiration for her creative journey.

NICOLE MORROW DAVIS

Nicole Morrow Davis is an abstract portrait artist from Dallas, Texas. Her gestural pieces have been described as ethereal, young, fresh and mysterious. Nicole works primarily with acrylic paint, but also employs the use of thread, veneer, and lacquers to achieve the desired look. Her work can be found at Curated as well as the NYLO hotels and the June 2008 issue of TIME magazine. Ms. Morrow studied under the direction of Dr. Joseph Pomara and graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Texas – Dallas. She is currently, represented by Caldwell Arte Exposicion. When Nicole isn’t painting she is usually contributing to the Dallas Art community through various creative projects or conducting private art lessons with her young students.

HEATHER GALLAGHER

Heather is a mom of three beautiful children, a wife, a sister, a daughter, and a friend to many. She has lived FullSizeRender (2)in Texas her whole life and North Texas for most of that. She works for locally based non-profit ambulance service Careflite. She is a paramedic and enjoys taking care of her patients and their families. She paints as a hobby and has never really considered herself an artist, but she truly enjoys creating art.

Inspiration:

Heather loves seeing what colors work together, and never really knows what is going to end up on the canvas. She loves abstract art, as it can mean many different things to many different people. She also love blues and greens, and fluid movement, and takes inspiration from her children’s drawings and paintings that they make because they are truly random and beautiful.

JENNY GRUMBLES KOZIOL

Dallas entrepreneur, Jenny Grumbles, obtained her degree in journalism and studio art from Southern Methodist University in 2002. Her work-life is threefold; artist, shop-owner, and buyer for A&E’s hit series, Storage Wars Texas. Jenny’s paintings have been sold in galleries and shops throughout Georgia, Texas, and California. She is the proprietor to her very own vintage home furnishings shop, Uptown Country Home.

Since realizing her passion in painting in 1994, she has created an impressionist style with loose brush strokes and an emphasis on light and color. There is never black on her palette. Her subject matter includes everything from children on the beach, home interiors, florals, and commissioned work. Jenny attributes much of her success to her mentor, the renowned Claudia Hartley of Arizona, and to gallery owner, Anne Irwin, of Atlanta.

Jenny also spends much of her time searching for treasures to recycle, repurpose, and repaint for sale in her shop.

In addition to her shop and artwork, Jenny has a passion for politics and major league baseball.

Jenny’s main aspiration is to make the world a better place through political advocacy, creative art and home decor, because she truly believes, whether it’s the whole world, or a little cottage in Dallas, home is where the heart is.

CHRISTINA MITCHELLA

Dallas native, Christina Mitchella, is an accomplished and award-winning artist specializing in impressionistic drawings and abstract oil paintings. Her life-long zeal for the arts transitioned from Christina Mitchella- C.Mitchella Style 1passion to career, leading her to pursue an education in art at Dallas Baptist University. After graduating with a Bachelors in Fine Arts, Christina began actively showing her works in galleries throughout the DFW area and across the state, competing in art shows and completing commissioned pieces for her growing base of followers and supporters.

Christina’s art is remarkably inspired and contemplative, spanning many different artistic mediums. She often uses the synergistic relationship between music, color and light as a muse to gain insight into her works. Whether she is creating a portrait, painting in still life, or transforming a canvas with abstract expressionism, her impeccable attention to detail and vibrant use of color breathes life into every stroke and sketch.

Christina is affiliated with a number of local arts organizations, including Art House Dallas, Irving Arts Center and the Creative Arts Center of Dallas. She also maintains membership with the Plano Arts Association, the Associated Creative Artists of Dallas and the Texas Artists Coalition of Fort Worth. It is Christina’s hope that her works will emit joy, stir inspiration and spread enthusiasm for the arts in all who view them. Her works can be viewed in galleries throughout Texas, and she is currently available for commissioned work.

 

JENN THATCHER

FullSizeRender3Jenn Thatcher has always has a love for color and design. After moving to Texas from Chicago 10 years ago, she was working for a Wall Street firm with a demanding travel schedule and long hours. Being a wife and mother of three, with two of the children being Scottish Rite Hospital patients, she finally decided to leave her corporate career to pursue painting full time. Jenn believes that creating art is a gift from God, and a blank canvas is a metaphor for life. It can be anything you want it to be. And if you don’t like the direction it’s going, it’s never too late to start over or change direction. It’s so important to remember that everyone and everything can be beautiful at some point in time, it’s all a matter of how you look at it. Jenn’s work is featured in stores through the US and works directly with designers and clients in the Dallas area. Some of her work can be viewed on Instagram @Jenn_Thatcher_Art or on her website at www.jennthatcher.com.

LISA PROVOST

Lisa first picked up a paintbrush ten years ago and hasn’t put one down since. Originally, she focused on capturing her family pets and favorite moments. Since then, she has moved to experimenting with more abstract painting techniques, mostly oil but occasionally water color and acrylic. This is the first time her art has been on display due to the fact that she is constantly proclaiming to her family that her pieces are “not quite done yet.” Lisa loves Scottish Rite Hospital and all it does and is honored to be included!

Pediatricians and Specialists Working Together with Young Athletes

Even in an individual sport, a young athlete needs a team. Their team includes parents, pediatricians, coaches, athletic trainers, physical therapists and sports medicine specialists. Each of these individuals has a unique role on the team.

Sports Medicine Conference 5-2016_072The primary care provider, most often a pediatrician, knows the child best. This is a relationship that has developed over years before the child begins participating in sports. This results in familiarity with a child’s medical history, developmental history and family history. Therefore, the pediatrician is an expert at recognizing red flags for sports participation during pre-season physicals. And when an injury occurs, a visit to the pediatrician is often the most convenient, most comfortable, and an appropriate place to start for an evaluation.

When the condition or injury is complex, or requires an expert in a particular area, a pediatrician may consult with specialist. At Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children, we have many pediatric orthopedic specialists on our team. Our Sports Medicine Center is no different; we have specialists that only care for young athletes. Whether the problem requires surgery or not, we are ready to support the pediatrician in caring for young athletes.

Sports Medicine Conference 5-2016_014This past weekend, more than 75 local pediatricians learned the latest on sports injury evaluation and management from our specialists at a Scottish Rite Hospital-sponsored conference titled Sports Medicine for Young Athletes: An Update for Pediatric Providers in Frisco. With Shane M. Miller, M.D. as the lead, the goal of this program was to help young athletes get the right care, at the right time, in the right place.

The goal of this program was to help young athletes get the right care, at the right time, in the right place. We’re already talking about our program for next year. For information about injury prevention and pediatric sports medicine, please visit our website at scottishritehospital.org/sports.

Scottish Rite Hospital Physicians Leaders at Orthopaedic Society Annual Meeting

Physicians and other medical staff from Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children are major participants in this week’s 32nd annual meeting of the Pediatric Orthopaedic Society of North America, including 19 podium presentations.

The meeting in Indianapolis, Ind., is being presided over by Dr. Lori Karol, assistant chief of staff at Scottish Rite Hospital and president of the Orthopaedic Society. Dr. Karol is the first female president of the organization.

Dr. John Birch, assistant chief of staff emeritus, delivered the opening keynote speech Wednesday, a historical review of lower extremity deformity correction. On Thursday, the hospital’s Dr. Lawson A. Copley delivered the results of research made possible by his 2014 Arthur Huene Memorial Research Award.

The meeting gathers orthopedic surgeons and other medical personnel for four days of advanced training. The scientific program includes 171 paper presentations, 20 posters and 110 e-posters.

On Friday, six subspecialty sessions will cover medical issues in the areas of spine, sports, hip, neuromuscular/lower extremity, trauma and hand/upper extremity.

Other Scottish Rite Hospital orthopedic surgeons giving talks at the meeting include Dr. Karol, who is also medical director of the hospital’s Movement Science Laboratory and Performance Improvement; Chief of Staff Dr. Daniel J. Sucato; Chief Medical Officer Dr. B. Stephens Richards; Assistant Chief of Staff Emeritus Dr. Charles E. Johnston; Assistant Chief of Staff Dr. Karl E. Rathjen; Assistant Chief of Staff Dr. Philip L. Wilson, a sports medicine specialist; Director of Research Dr. Harry Kim; Medical Director of Ambulatory Care Dr. Brandon Ramo; and staff orthopedic surgeons Dr. Anthony I. Riccio and Dr. Lane Wimberly.

The presentations cover topics such as angular deformity corrections in athletes; treatment of early onset scoliosis; compartment syndrome; and electronic medical record applications in pediatric orthopedics.

Several former Scottish Rite Hospital fellows also are making presentations at the meeting.

Exclusive Evening of Accessible Luxury on Friday, April 15

Screen Shot 2016-03-31 at 3.41.41 PMEnjoy fashion, food, jewelry and cars while benefiting Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children

Set against the luxurious backdrop of Park Place Premier Collection, Accessible Luxury is one of Dallas’ most fashionable events. Hosted by event chairmen Emily and Buck Branson and honorary chairmen Tia and Kelly Kraft, Accessible Luxury is now in its seventh year benefiting the patients of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. Be there April 15 for signature cocktails, gourmet bites, runway fashions and a late night dance party.

The exciting offerings include:

  • Rolls-Royce Runway Show
    Be inspired by spring and summer fashion obsessions and vogue looks of exclusive Highland Park Village retailers Alice + Olivia, Anne Fontaine, Bandier, Beretta Gallery, Diane Von Furstenberg, Escada, Filson, Roberta Roller Rabbit and Trina Turk. This renowned fashion show is produced by Harriet Kelly Gibbe and features the models of Campbell-Wagner Runway LLC and Model Citizen. Emceed by Courtney Kerr, with hair and makeup by Salon Pompeo.
  • Maserati Man Cave
    This cavern is something for the fellas, showcasing the Beretta Gallery’s polished apparel and guns along with hot cars and hand-rolled cigars. Amble on over for a Monkey Spring Smash made with Monkey Shoulder whiskey, St. Germain liqueur and mint leaves.
  • Bentley Bubble Room
    Fabulous femmes can browse precious Temple St. Clair gems from Eiseman Jewels while sipping champagne or enjoying a Solerno & Sparkling signature cocktail made with Solerno Blood Orange Liqueur, prosecco and fresh berries.
  • McLaren Moonlight Room
    Grab a raffle ticket or three before dancing the night away to the DJ stylings of Lucy Wrubel.
  • Jaguar Jungle Lounge
    Escape into the wild and party on the patio with craft beers from Peticolas Brewing Company, and Reyka Mules, a signature cocktail made with Reyka vodka and ginger beer. The lounge also features a coffee bar and late night nibbles.
  • Sumptuous cuisine from: Ascension Coffee, Bistro 31 and Lounge 31, Chino Chinatown, Howdy Homemade Ice Cream, Paul Martin’s American Grill, Parigi, Steel and Truluck’s.

This accessible chic event is anything but typical and sure to entertain guests from the time they arrive on the red carpet. To be a part of one of the top fashion events Dallas has to offer, visit accessibleluxury.org or call 214-559-7656 for ticket information and sponsorship opportunities. Tickets are $125 each or $1,000 for a Trendsetters’ Package for two, which includes a Trendsetters’ Hour from 6 to 7 p.m. before the event officially begins, priority seating for the runway show and a complimentary raffle ticket. To join in on the fun, follow #AccessibleLuxury on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and use the hashtag in your posts.

Silver Sponsors of Accessible Luxury are Emily and Buck Branson, Lark and J. C. Montgomery, Jr., Origin Bank, Carolyn and Karl Rathjen, M.D., and Wells Fargo, The Private Bank.

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children is one of the nation’s leading pediatric centers for the treatment of orthopedic conditions and sports injuries, as well as certain related neurological disorders and learning disorders, such as dyslexia. Patients receive treatment regardless of the family’s ability to pay. For more information, to volunteer or to make a donation, please call 214-559-5000 or 800-421- 1121 or visit scottishritehospital.org.

TSRHC Spring Event Roundup

From golf outings to a glamorous evening fundraiser, our spring calendar is full of fun activities with a range of interests in mind. Check out some of the following special events taking place in the Dallas area. Full details are available on our website events calendar.

For the Golfer

Preview some of the season’s diverse golfing events.

Learn to Golf

Our Learn to Golf program introduces hospital patients with physical challenges to the fundamentals of golf. Upcoming April and May golf dates and locations include:

  • Fort Worth, Leonard Golf Links, Saturday, April 2
  • Austin, Harvey Penick Golf Campus, Saturday, April 30
  • Dallas, Luna Vista Golf Course, Saturday, May 14
  • Lewisville, Lake Park Golf Course, Saturday, May 21

ScottishRiteShootoutSecond Annual Scottish Rite Shootout

Young adults ages 16 to 18 can round up a foursome and compete in this Topgolf tournament, with opportunities to win benchmark prizes for raising funds for TSRHC.

  • Topgolf Dallas, Sunday, April 10, 5 p.m.

For the Socialite

From crawfish to fashion shows, bring your appetites and fashion sensibilities out for two fun events this spring:

CrawfishCrayon Club’s Crawfish Boil

Feast on Southern-style crawfish and jambalaya at Crayon Club’s fourth Crawfish Boil event, open to both members and nonmembers alike.

  • Texas Ale Project, Thursday, April 7, 6:30 p.m.

Accessible Luxury

Celebrating Dallas-area retailers, this glamorous fundraising event lets guests experience luxury offerings in automobiles, cuisine, cocktails and fashion.

  • Park Place Premier Collection Dealership, Friday, April 15, 7 p.m.

For Outdoor Family Fun

Let the warm days of spring invite you to take part in some of the following outdoor activities.

Rotary Club of Dallas Bike Rodeo & Child Safety Day

Children of all ages can attend this free event designed to show them ways to stay safe on and off their bikes.

  • TSRHC Maple Parking Lot, Saturday, April 16, 10 a.m.

Special Event Clay Shootouts

Hit some targets as you raise awareness and funds for TSRHC.

Farm Fun

Catch a horse show or discover the treasures of Texas agriculture this May.

ASA Poker Run

Join the American Subcontractors Association’s North Texas Chapter for a poker run. Funds raised are split between TSRHC and Happy Hill Farm.

  • TSRHC’s Chamber Park, Saturday, May 14, 9 a.m.

To find out how you can get involved with more of our special events, please visit tsrhc.org/events or community.tsrhc.org or call 215-559-7656.

Volunteer at the 2016 Reverchon Roundup

Spring’s return brings opportunities for renewal, refreshment and the annual Reverchon Roundup. Taking place Saturday, March 5, at 9:30 a.m., this annual cleanup event, now in its 18th year, benefits the historic Reverchon Park, just steps from Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) in Dallas. Find out how you can join TSRHC in rolling up your sleeves and volunteering your time to care for this community space.

RIC_8212It Takes Friends to Care for Reverchon Park

Reverchon Park, a public park in the Oak Lawn section of Dallas, is like the Central Park of Dallas. Established in 1915, this 46-acre space provides recreation and refreshment for thousands of Dallas residents and visitors each year.

Today, the Friends of Reverchon Park, a nonprofit organization, preserves and ensures that the park remains an attractive community recreational area. Organized in 2005, the Friends unite volunteers from across Dallas and Fort Worth to care for and support Reverchon Park.

Rounding Up for Revitalization

The Reverchon Roundup invites TSRHC staff and volunteers to join the Friends of Reverchon Park in removing trash, spreading mulch, clearing away underbrush and debris, and planting flower beds. Additional partners in the project are the Dallas Park and Recreation Department, the Dallas Police Department, and Arborilogical Services. Additionally, area businesses sponsor breakfast, lunch, snacks and beverages for the Roundup volunteers

Ready Yourself for This Year’s Roundup

TSRHC invites you to get involved in this year’s Reverchon Roundup on Saturday, March 5. Volunteer by yourself or gather your family, co-workers, or a group and spend the morning outdoors in one of the most beautiful park settings in Dallas. To get involved, please contact TSRHC Volunteer Services at 214-559-7825 or email reverchon.roundup@tsrh.org. Parking will be available at TSRHC.

The Cotton Patch Cafe Challenge is Back!

Join us as we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Cotton Patch Cafe Challenge!

Screen Shot 2016-02-25 at 2.42.56 PMThanks to our wonderful friends at the Cotton Patch Cafe, every donation of $25 made to TSRHC beginning February 29th will be matched in $25 Cotton Patch Cafe gift cards (up to $1,000 per donor).

Give today and claim a heapin’ helpin’ of home-cooked goodness for you and yours, compliments of the Cotton Patch Cafe. But hurry…once we raise $250,000 and reach our $1 million cumulative goal, the 2016 Challenge will end!

All proceeds from the Cotton Patch Cafe Challenge directly benefit TSRHC and allow the hospital to provide world-class medical care to kids, regardless of any family’s ability to pay. With the help of our great friends at the Cotton Patch Cafe and dedicated donors like you, we can continue in our mission, bringing health, hope and happiness to thousands of children. We greatly appreciate your support!

Take The Challenge Today!

Tips to Keep Safe on the Slopes

When hitting the slopes, it’s important to have the right equipment. Staying safe while skiing is a top priority for the 35th Annual Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children Amputee Ski Trip. In honor of this special event, we’ve put together some important safety tips for fun in the snow.

  • Wear Sunscreen – Even if the day is overcast and freezing cold, you can still get sunburned on the slopes. The bright white snow reflects the sun’s rays and can cause major burns. To avoid getting sunburned, wear plenty of sunscreen and don’t forget to re-apply throughout the day
  • image1Stay Hydrated – Drinking lots and lots of water is the best protection against altitude sickness. Altitude sickness is caused when the body struggles to adjust to higher altitudes with thinner oxygen. Our ski trip participants are equipped to stay hydrated this year with personalized water bottles from our friends at Saint Bernard. Having water on hand as you transition to a higher altitude is the best way to avoid getting sick.
  • Wear a Helmet – Wearing a helmet on the slopes is the best way to protect your head in the event of a fall. Helmets can help prevent concussions and other major head trauma. Thanks to our friends at Giro, the teens on this year’s trip will have helmets to protect them as they learn how to ski.
  • Stay Warm – It’s important to stay warm while you ski. Hypothermia happens when the body loses heat faster than it can produce heat. This results in low body temperature, which can cause organs to function improperly. The teens on the ski trip will stay warm and safe thanks to our friends at Obermeyer while they ski.
  • RIC_5123Warm Up and Cool Down – When participating in strenuous physical activity, especially when learning a new sport, it’s critical to stretch and cool down properly. Stretching before starting the day can help keep the body loose and flexible for exercise. Cooling down at the end of the day with more stretching or a soak in the hot tub can prevent fatigue for the day ahead.

We hope these tips help inspire safety on the mountain. We wish the teens on this year’s trip a fun time in Colorado.

Thanks again to our friends at Saint Bernard, Giro and Obermeyer for keeping our skiers safe and warm on the Annual Amputee Ski Trip.

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Natalie, age 14 of Fort Worth

NatalieNatalie, age 14 of Fort Worth, has been a part of the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) family for most of her life. Born without a fibula bone, she came to TSRHC when she was only 11 months old to have her left foot amputated. But Natalie didn’t let that slow her down. She’s participated in Scottish Rite Hospital’s Learn to Golf programs and by eight years old, this generous girl was organizing lemonade stands and donating the proceeds back to the hospital.

In her free time, Natalie likes sketching and painting, and dreams of becoming an artist one day. She also enjoys playing video games and practicing the piano. Although she’s been skiing before, this is Natalie’s first time on the Amputee Ski Trip and she’s excited to hit the slopes with fellow patients.

About the Annual Amputee Ski Trip

February 2016 will mark the 35th anniversary of the annual Amputee Ski Trip, held each year at the National Sports Center for the Disabled in Winter Park, Colo. Fourteen teenage patients with limb differences are given the opportunity to discover the joy of skiing and snowboarding, while gaining confidence with lifelong friends.

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!