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Scottish Rite Hospital Provides Amputee Ski Trip
Special to The Monitor
DALLAS-Fourteen Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) patients attended the hospital's 25th Annual Amputee Ski Trip to Winter Park, Colo. One of them was Brooke Holcombe of Mabank.
The week-long trip was Jan. 23-28.
Other attendees included Raymond Affleck of San Angelo, Jacob Brochtrup of Austin, Jessica Constancio of Austin, Jordyn Downey of Bedford, Haylie Duncan of Fort Worth and Kaitlyn Gilbreath of Andrews.
Also, Sarah Hunter of Carrollton, Allen Jamerson of Henderson, Jake Lopez of Rowlett, Bradley Meinen of Fort Worth, Jose Sanchez of Lewisville, Cody Shropshire of College Station and Julie Villanueva of Sonora.
Snow skiing is well suited for amputees, and with special equipment they quickly become competitive and often excel at the sport.
"I can make a leg and get them up and walking again but I can't heal the spirit. The ski trip lets them heal in a way that we couldn't duplicate," TSRHC director of proshetics Don Cummings said.
Each year the hospital takes 14 teenagers to Winter Park to learn to ski.
"I am certain that although these kids have faced challenges beyond their years, each of them returned changed in some positive way by this experience," Cummings said.
American Airlines AA.com provided transportation for the patients, medical staff and chaperones for this life-changing experience.
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 special children.
Thanks to generous friends, the trip is available at no cost to patient families.
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