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Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Hannah, age 15 of Mesa, Arizona

About Hannah:

HannahHannah, age 15 of Mesa, Arizona, has been a patient at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children since she was 3 months old. Hannah was born missing part of her right leg, which sparked the need for a prosthetic.  Not sure what to do and very concerned about Hannah’s future, TSRHC has become one of the most incredible blessings to the Fox family. Hannah is very excited for the Amputee Ski Trip, she has always wanted to learn how to snowboard. In her free time, she loves to read, write, draw and listen and dance to music. In the future, Hannah would love to design computer games for a living!

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.

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Gage, age 17 of Grand Prairie

About Gage:

gageGage, age 17, of Grand Prairie, Texas, has been going to Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children since 1998. Being a patient at the hospital has been an incredible gift to him and his family. Diagnosed with cancer at a young age, Gage had radiation to his spine which resulted in scoliosis. After several years, Gage was re diagnosed with cancer at age 15 and had his leg amputated. He loves everything outdoors and he is very excited to attend the Amputee Ski Trip, where he can learn how to use his skateboarding skills while snowboarding for the first time. Gage also loves to build engines and other things, he aspires to be an engineer in the future so that he can make prosthetics for people like him.

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.

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Erika, age 15 of Wylie

About Erika:

ErikaErika Minich, age 15, of Wylie, Texas, has been a patient at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children 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 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 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.

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Connor, age 18 of Keller

About Connor:

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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.

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Cassandra, age 17 of Mesquite

About Cassandra:

CassandraCassandra “Cassy”, age 17 of Mesquite, Texas, is attending the hospital’s ski trip for her third year. Cassy has been a patient at TSRHC since she was five months old and wears a prosthesis on her left leg. One of the many reasons Cassy enjoys this trip is because she loves being outdoors. She also enjoys going fishing and camping. On last year’s ski trip, Cassy’s confidence and independence dramatically increased as she improved her skiing skills by spending one-on-one time the entire week with a volunteer instructor from the National Sports Center for the Disabled.

 

 

About TSRHC’s Amputee 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.

ing 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.

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

About Caroline:

carolineCaroline, age 14 of Fort Worth, Texas, is attending the Amputee Ski Trip for the first time. She is the only one in her school with prosthetics so she is very excited to spend the week with other kids that she can relate to and be herself around. Caroline has been a patient at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children since she was three months old, where she has been treated for bilateral fibular hemimelia. The hospital has been a blessing to Caroline and her family—it has let her be everything she can be and do anything she wants to do. Outside of school, Caroline enjoys volleyball, basketball, soccer, reading, listening to music and going to the movies!

About TSRHC’s Amputee 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.

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Brian, age 18 of Dallas

About Brian:

Screenshot_2014-01-28-17-56-44-1-1Brian, age 18, of Dallas, Texas, has been a patient at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children for the past 10 years. He was born with a condition that caused both of his legs to be amputated. TSRHC has changed Brian’s life and has given him many opportunities he never thought he would have. He is looking forward to the Amputee Ski Trip, because he loves to water ski but has never been snow skiing. Brian enjoys spending his time playing guard for the Dallas Junior Wheelchair Mavericks basketball team.  In his free time he loves to workout, hangout with his friends and read. Brian hopes to receive a scholarship to attend the University of Texas at Arlington!

 

About TSRHC’s Amputee 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.

 

Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Austin, age 18, of Leonard

About Austin: 

AustinAustin, age 18, of Leonard, Texas, has been a patient at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children since he was born. He was born with numerous challenges and underwent several surgeries on his hands and feet after birth, causing both of his feet to be amputated at a young age. He considers the hospital his second home, since he continues to require one to two surgeries per year. Despite his challenges, Austin always remains positive, upbeat and a constant encouragement to his entire community. Austin serves on student government and plays trumpet at Leonard High School. This will be Austin’s second time going on the Amputee Ski Trip and he is excited to spend time with the friends he made from the trip last year, as well as meet new friends this year.

About TSRHC’s Amputee 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.

annual-ski-singleIn 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.

Santa to arrive via Bell helicopter to TSRHC

WHO: Santa and Mrs. Claus
United States Marines from Marine Toys for Tots Foundation
Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) patients, families and staff

WHAT: Santa, Mrs. Claus and members of the United States Marines will arrive at TSRHC in style by way of a Bell helicopter 407. After landing the helicopter on the hospital’s rooftop Helipad and being greeted by TSRHC patients, the group will spread holiday cheer and deliver toys to patients. This is an annual event at TSRHC, made possible by Santa USA, Bell Helicopter and Marine Toys for Tots Foundation. This year, Bell Helicopter donated the helicopter flight to transport the Santa USA crew and the Marines from the Toys for Tots Foundation to TSRHC.

WHEN: Thursday, December 19, 2013
1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

WHERE: Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children
2222 Welborn Street
Dallas, Texas 75219
*Note: Please meet a TSRHC representative at the Ground Level of the D Parking Garage at the end of Welborn Street to be escorted to the event. Security will direct you.

ABOUT: Santa USA began in the mid 1970s as a personal project of a single individual. He was determined to bring happiness, goodwill and holiday spirit to the children of our community. His dedication was noticed by many goodhearted neighbors, and as their interest grew, these good people began to contribute their time and money. For several days in mid-December, Santa travels by helicopter to visit elementary schools in many areas as well as nursing homes and hospitals.

Dallas Marathon Patient Champion Spotlight: Kaylee, age 9, of Tyler

In addition to the junior race director, the Dallas Marathon features 5 patient champions from  TSRHC. The patient champion program is a way for the community to participate in race-weekend activities and fundraise on behalf of a patient.

Kaylee Mitchell age 9 of Tyler 10-21-2013_23

Kaylee, age 9, of Tyler, Texas, has been a patient of TSRHC since she was 2 years old. She receives treatment at TSRHC for a hammered toe and in TSRHC’s CharlesE. Seay, Jr. Hand Center for a duplicate thumb. The hospital’s Charles E. Seay, Jr. Hand Center provides unique, specialized care for children with hand and upper limb deformities through quality patient care, education and research. The Center’s goal is for each child to obtain the best function and highest level of independence as possible. Thanks to the treatment Kaylee receives at TSRHC for her hand and foot differences have not slowed her down. She appreciates her doctors at TSRHC for encouraging her to pursue her love of gymnastics. Thanks to the constant encouragment she received from the hospital, she has Olympic aspirations and wants to eventually be a gymnastics coach. When visiting the hospital, Kaylee enjoys playing outside on the playground and viewing the sports memorabilia on display in the hospital’s Olympic Clinic. She is so excited to cheer on the runners at the 2013 Dallas Marathon!

Read more about Kaylee and ways for you to get involved in the Dallas Marathon at www.dallasmarathon.com.