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Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Sarah, age 15 of Wylie

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Sarah (pictured left) with her sister Erika on the 2014 Amputee Ski Trip

Sarah, age 15 of Wylie, Texas has been a patient of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) 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.  In addition, she loves ballet, playing soccer, reading, gymnastics and water sports.  Sarah cannot wait to return to Colorado again this year so she can perfect her snowboarding skills she learned on last year’s trip.

About TSRHC’s Ski Trip:

Since 1981, Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) 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, TSRHC 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!

6th Annual Youth Sports Safety Summit: March 2

Shane Miller MD_WC

Dr. Shane Miller was invited to represent the American Academy of Pediatrics Council on Sports Medicine and Fitness at the 6th Annual Youth Sports Safety Summit. This event is organized by the Youth Sports Safety Association. Texas Scottish Rite Sports Medicine is an alliance member of this safety organization.

For the first time, the event will be held in the Dallas area on March 2, 2015.  The event is open to anyone interested in safety in youth sports.  The key note speaker is Dr. James Andrews, well known for his publications and clinical work with professional athletes across the nation.

We hope to see you there! For more information or to register online, please visit youthsportssafetysummit.org

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Zach, age 16 of Gun Barrel City, Texas

Photo courtesy of Fort Worth Star Telegram at the 2015 Amputee Ski Trip Send-Off Party

Photo courtesy of Fort Worth Star Telegram at the 2015 Amputee Ski Trip Send-Off Party

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!

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Erika, age 16 of Wylie, Texas

Erika (right) pictured on the 2014 Ski Trip with her sister Sarah

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!

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Cruz, age 16 of Baird, Texas

IMG_2527Cruz, age 16 of Baird, Texas, has been a patient at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) for 9 years. An accident in 2007 resulted in the amputation of Cruz’s leg. Even though the amputation happened on his birthday, he has had nothing but a positive attitude and a fighting spirit. TSRHC is thrilled to help Cruz get back on his feet. He is excited to go to Colorado and he is ready to make friends with other amputees. Cruz is artistically talented and hopes to one day become a tattoo artist.

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!

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Yuri, age 18 of Spring, Texas

IMG_1771Jonathan, 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!

Donor Spotlight: North Texas Golf Course Superintendent Association

The North Texas Golf Course Superintendent Association (NTGCSA) has been supporting TSRHC for more than 20 years.

IMG_20141007_111545The NTGCSA became involved with TSRHC in the late 90′s through the invitation of one of its founding members, Quinton Johnson. Quinton and his wife Martha’s granddaughter was treated at TSRHC following an accident, and they experienced first-hand the specialized care of the hospital.

Soon after, Quinton became involved as a TSRHC volunteer and invited the NTGCSA board of directors for a visit and tour of the hospital. He enouraged the chapter to become involved with an idea for the construction of a putting green for the patients to use during their therapy.

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TSRHC Putting Green

After that initial meeting and tour, the NTGCSA chapter has been committed to supporting the hospital through financial and equipment donations as well as agronomic expertise by its members.

In 2014, NTGCSA made a $3,500 donation, which extends their cumulative giving total to over $70,000! The chapter also hosts an annual education meeting in the auditorium of TSRHC’s T. Boone Pickens Training and Conference Center each fall. They have brought in many well known turfgrass researchers to provide education and have a great turnout every year. This year Beth Guertal, Ph.D., was the featured speaker and discussed turf fertility and nutrition.

Thank you NTGCSA for all that you continue to do to support our hospital!!

 

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Chelsey, age 17 of Pecan Gap, Texas

Chelsey Gonzales

Chelsey, age 17 of Pecan Gap, Texas, has been treated at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) since birth. When she was only 6 hours old, she received a below the knee amputation, so she has worn a prosthesis her whole life. This year will be Chelsey’s first time on the TSRHC ski trip and she is very excited to bond with other kids with similar disabilities as her. She will be celebrating her 18th birthday in Colorado as well! When she grows up, Chelsey hopes to be a cosmetologist because she enjoys doing her friend’s makeup and hair.

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!

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Taj, age 15 of Forth Worth

RIC_7351Taj, age 15 of Fort Worth, Texas, moved from New Orleans to Texas after hurricane Katrina. Once in Texas, Taj came to Scottish Rite Hospital for treatment on his foot. He was born with fibular hemimelia and this condition resulted in a Symes amputation, which kept his heel intact but removed the rest of his foot. But this amputation has done nothing to slow Taj down. Taj excels at basketball and football and he loves hanging out with friends. Just like any other teen, Taj is excited to have his drivers license. He is saving up money to buy a car of his own. Taj has never been to Colorado, and is very excited to see the mountains and start his ski adventure.

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!

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Lauren, age 15 of Colleyville, Texas

Lauren McCoy, Selam Rinkevich, Erika and Sarah MinichLauren, age 15 of Colleyville, Texas, has been a patient at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) 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 second time going on the Amputee Ski Trip and she is very excited to see the snow and to go skiing again. Her prosthetics have given Lauren the mobility and ability to be free to 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 other generous supporters from the community, including the Stephen M. Seay Foundation help make this trip possible!