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Amputee Ski Trip Spotlight: Luke, age 14 of Dallas

About Luke:

LukeGiddenLuke, age 14, of Dallas, Texas has been a patient at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children since he had his right leg amputated due to bone cancer in 2012. The hospital has been a very special place to the Giddens family over the past few years. Luke is very excited for the Amputee Ski Trip, because he can’t wait to meet other kids who have lost their limbs and see how they have coped with their specific situations. Luke absolutely loves to play all types of video games and hopes to be a pediatric oncologist when he is older.

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: Lauren, age 14 of Colleyville

 

Lauren

About Lauren: Lauren, age 14 of Colleyville, Texas, has been a patient at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children 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 first time going on the Amputee Ski Trip and she is very excited to see real snow and to go skiing. Her prosthetics have given Lauren the mobility and ability to be free and 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 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: Jonathan, age 17 of Spring, Texas

About Jonathan: 

Jonathan YuriJonathan, who goes by Yuri, of Spring, TX is 17 years old and has been a patient at Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children since 2006. He was born with congenital limb difference in his arms and legs and wears a prosthetic leg. In addition to attending the Amputee Ski Trip last year, Yuri has attended TSRHC’s Camp Out On A Limb, a camp that brings prosthetic patients together to share and support one another. He has attended this every summer since he became a patient and every year he says it is one of the best weeks of his summer vacation. Yuri plays the trumpet in his school’s band, is a member of his neighborhood swim team, is active in his church youth group and participates in Boy Scouts of America.

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: 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.