What a Lift! DFW Teen Amputee Patients Leave for Ski Trip

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DALLAS — A group of teens are headed off for a ski trip in Winter Park, Colorado.

“I’m really excited,” Josiah Puyear said.

“I’m nervous, but I’m excited,” Jazmyn Polk echoed.  “I feel excited,” Taj Crosby added.

“I feel excited,” Taj Crosby added.

But if you take a closer look, you’ll notice something special about these guys.

“We’re taking 14 kids, all of whom have some missing limb, for one reason or another,” Dr. Tony Herring said.  He travels with the teens each year. “It’s really great for the kids…Many of them have never been around another person without a limb.  They learn to kind of let it show! They run to the hot tub without their legs on.”

He travels with the teens each year. “It’s really great for the kids. Many of them have never been around another person without a limb.  They learn to kind of let it show! They run to the hot tub without their legs on," Herring said.

Monday, they were lining up for Texas Scottish Rite Hospital’s 34th Annual Amputee Ski Trip.

“I started it a long time ago with a lot of help, a lot of donations,” Herring added.

American Airlines is on board to help with airfare.

“I have never been skiing,” Jeff Plant, American Airlines VP of the DFW Hub said.  “And to see the smiles…and how willing they are to go and ski with some disabilities, it was pretty impressive.”

Nothing is going to stop this group from hitting the slopes!

“I was born with two toes, and I went to surgery so I could walk again and do better things.  I play football and basketball,” said Taj Crosby, who's going on the trip.

“I was diagnosed with bone cancer in my leg that led to an amputation,” Jazmyn Polk mentioned.

“We cried,” her mother Michelle Landwehr said.  “But then she was like, let’s get this show on the road and do what we’ve got to do.”

“We went to Scottish Rite, and the lady in prosthetics said I should go on this trip,” Polk said.

Josiah Puyear has spent most of his life dealing with challenges.

“I was born with Klippel Trenaunay Syndrome.  I’ve grown up not really seeing myself as disabled,” Puyear said.  “That’s how my parents raised me…I just pushed that much harder.”

You go guys! Catch some air!