Zach, age 16 of Gun Barrel City, Texas, has been a patient at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) since he was one. Zach needed help with his right leg and TSRHC was able to build him a prosthetic. Zach took his first steps with a prosthetic leg and he has been unstoppable ever since. Zach plays football and is in the marching band and the choir. When he grows up, Zach wants to pursue a career in physical therapy. This is his first year on the Scottish Rite Hospital Amputee 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!