Connor, age 18 of Keller, Texas, has been a patient at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children since 2008. He was born missing his leg due to Amniotic Band Syndrome. The hospital has been so wonderful to the Perry family. Prior to becoming a patient at TSRHC, Connor had 12 previous surgeries and he never wanted to have one again, however once he went to TSRHC he was comfortable and at ease with whatever the doctors needed to do. Connor is very excited for the Amputee Ski Trip since he has never been skiing before. He is looking forward to a great adventure! Connor hopes to major in pre-med and make prosthetics one day.
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.