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Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Tatyana, age 15 of Corsicana

1451895417882Tatyana was born with amniotic band syndrome; a condition that caused her to have her right leg amputated when she was just one year old. Luckily, she was in the expert care of Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC). Today, Tatyana is a vibrant 15-year-old living in Corsicana. When she is not playing trumpet in her school band, she likes to spend time with her friends. Inspired by the care that she has received at TSRHC, Tatyana has dreams of one day becoming a doctor. She is excited for the opportunity to travel to Colorado to learn how to ski.

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!

For more information about the annual Amputee Ski Trip, please visit tsrhc.org/annual-amputee-ski-trip.

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Joshua, age 16 of Houston

JoshuaJoshua, age 16 of Houston, has been a patient at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children since 2009 when he contracted meningococcemia and had his left foot amputated. Joshua hasn’t let the setback slow him down. He is a member of the Boys Scouts of America and plays guitar and competitive computer games. He plans to study music in college and become a composer. Joshua has been skiing with the Boys Scouts in New Mexico, where he tumbled down the hill. He says he looks forward to improving his skiing skills and playing in the snow – something he doesn’t get much of chance to do in Houston – on the Amputee Ski Trip. Joshua has previously attended camps sponsored by the Amputee Coalition of America.

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!

For more information about the annual Amputee Ski Trip, please visit
tsrhc.org/annual-amputee-ski-trip.

February: Candace’s Moment to Shine

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Meet Candace, age 17, of Garland.

My Defining Moment:

I had cancer in my ankle when I was 4. My leg was amputated below the knew and my prosthesis came from TSRHC.

My Moment to Remember:

Wanda McFadden was my prosthetist from age 4 to 18. She made sure my leg fit perfectly – every time.

My Moment to Shine:

Learning to do moguls on the Amputee Ski Trip was a highlight for me. Moguls are on some of the most advanced slopes!

Give a Patient like Candace a Moment to Shine: Your Gift of $200 contributes to the cost of care for child with an amputation. To donate, learn more or watch a ski trip video, please visit scottishritehospital.org/annual-amputee-ski-trip. We are excited to celebrate the trip’s 35th anniversary this month!

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Miranda, age 16 of Frisco

MirandaMiranda, age 16 of Frisco, Texas, has been a patient at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) since 2012. She wears a full prosthetic on her left leg. Miranda loves to dance; she is on her high school drill team and also likes tap and jazz. Outside of school, Miranda is a volunteer at TSRHC and wants to be a nurse when she grows up. She is most excited about learning to ski.

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!

For more information about the annual Amputee Ski Trip, please visit tsrhc.org/annual-amputee-ski-trip.

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Cody, age 14 of Keller

image1Cody, age 14 of Keller, Texas, has been a patient at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) since he was just six weeks old. Cody was born missing both his tibias (shinbones) and knees. After numerous consultations with TSRHC Chief of Staff Emeritus Dr. Tony Herring, it was decided that it was in Cody’s best interest to amputate his legs above the knee to give him a chance at mobility. He was fitted for his first pair of prosthetic legs at 17 months. Throughout the years, Cody’s experience at TSRHC has inspired him, and he hopes to one day become a pediatric anesthesiologist. Cody is an extremely active young man; in fact, he will be participating in the Paralympic time trails in swimming this summer. While Cody is no stranger to sports, this trip to Winter Park will be his first time to be on the slopes.

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!

For more information about the annual Amputee Ski Trip, please visit tsrhc.org/annual-amputee-ski-trip.

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Whitney, age 17 of Ruston, Louisiana

WhitneyWhitney, age 17 of Ruston, Louisiana, has been at patient with the prosthetics department at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) since 2015. In her spare time, Whitney cheerleads on a pom squad and is an ambassador for the Amputee Coalition of America. Whitney hopes to one day start a business of training dogs and is currently training her dog, Maple, to be a therapy dog. Whitney has never been skiing, or to the mountains, so she is very excited for this new life experience and for getting to know the other teenage amputees that are going on the trip.

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!

For more information about the annual Amputee Ski Trip, please visit tsrhc.org/annual-amputee-ski-trip.

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Alfredo, age 17 of Mansfield

AlfredoAlfredo, age 17, of Mansfield, Texas, has been a patient at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) for five years. He has never been skiing or snowboarding before, but after seeing pictures of other ski trips is excited to go. Alfredo likes to draw, using everything from paint to charcoal to pencils. For his future career, Alfredo is considering becoming an orthopedist or going to Southwestern Oklahoma University to become a nurse.

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!

For more information about the annual Amputee Ski Trip, please visit tsrhc.org/annual-amputee-ski-trip.

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Christopher, age 14 of Grapevine

ChristopherChristopher, age 14, of Grapevine, Texas, was born missing the fibular bone of his left leg. He has been a patient at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) since he was two weeks old. After undergoing a Symes amputation, he adjusted quickly to his prosthesis and was walking by age 13 months. Now he runs track, cycles, plays baseball and competes in a variety of sports. For the past five years he has won numerous medals at the University of Central Oklahoma Endeavor Games, a qualifier for the Paralympics, and is a former TSRHC Dallas Marathon Junior Race Director. Christopher looks forward to making new friends, hitting the slopes and experiencing the trip with a TSRHC friend he made years ago — Dr. Tony Herring.

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!

For more information about the annual Amputee Ski Trip, please visit tsrhc.org/annual-amputee-ski-trip.

**Christopher was recently featured in the Southlake Style. Read the article online.

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Jazmyn age 17 of Irving

JAZ.1 copyJazmyn, age 17 of Irving, Texas, has been treated at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) since 2013. Due to the development of Osteosarcoma in her bones, she now wears a full leg prosthesis. This will be Jazmyn’s second year going on the TSRHC ski trip and she is looking forward to skiing and all of the really good food. She had a blast last year, and she’s excited to be around friends that understand her everyday life struggles.

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!

For more information about the annual Amputee Ski Trip, please visit tsrhc.org/annual-amputee-ski-trip.

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Erika, age 17 of Wylie

ErikaErika, age 17 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. Erika is most looking forward to seeing the old ski instructors from last year and getting to know new friends on the trip. She loves skiing and can’t wait to go on this once in a lifetime trip to be around people who she can easily relate to about everyday struggles and life.

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!

For more information about the annual Amputee Ski Trip, please visit tsrhc.org/annual-amputee-ski-trip.