Teens Ski Toward Personal Growth
TSRHC treats children with orthopedic conditions as well as certain related neurological disorders and learning disorders, such as dyslexia.

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children is one of many organizations American supports through the American Airlines Kids in Need program – a program that provides support for children and their families all over the world, as well as for organizations dedicated to improving the quality of life for children with medical, educational and social service needs.

Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children is a world leader in the treatment of pediatric orthopedic conditions. They strive to improve the care of children worldwide through innovative research and teaching programs, training physicians from around the world.

TSRHC treats children with orthopedic conditions, such as scoliosis, clubfoot, hand disorders, hip disorders and limb length differences,

The hospital was established in 1921 when a group of Texas Masons approached Dallas' first orthopedic surgeon Dr. W. B. Carrell about caring for children with polio regardless of the family's ability to pay. With the introduction of the Salk and Sabin vaccines in the mid-1950s, which virtually eradicated polio in the Western Hemisphere, TSRHC broadened its focus to other orthopedic conditions.

As a leading pediatric orthopedic center, the hospital has treated more than 210,000 children since its inception, with more than 40,000 clinic visits each year. The hospital takes a multidisciplinary approach to care, tailoring treatment to the individual needs of each child and family.

Each year 14 teenage Texas Scottish Rite Hospital for Children (TSRHC) amputee patients travel to Winter Park to ski at the renowned National Sports Center for the Disabled. An official sponsor of the trip, American provides flights for the teens, medical staff and chaperones. Skiing 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, independence and discovery.

Miles for Kids in Need is one way members of American’s AAdvantage® frequent traveler program may contribute to this important mission by donating their unused miles.

Learn more about donating your unused miles to Miles For Kids In Need.
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