Dallas-area teen amputees enjoy the trip of a lifetime

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by SANDRA TURNER / WFAA-TV

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Posted on February 1, 2010 at 7:44 PM

D/FW AIRPORT — Learning how to ski can be tough, but imagine doing it if you've lost one or both legs.

That's just what 14 North Texas teenagers will be doing.  They left D/FW International Airport for Winter Park, Colorado on Monday.

It is the 29th annual Amputee Ski Trip sponsored by American Airlines and Scottish Rite Hospital for Children. All 14 teens are amputees.

Amanda Beard was born with proximal femoral focal deficiency and lost her left leg, but that isn't stopping her.

"I've never been before, and I'm sure it's going to be a cool experience," Beard said. "I'm sure I'm going to fall a lot, but I'm excited."

Beard's father said Amanda sees the trip as just another challenge. She's already a cheerleader for her school.

The teens will spend five days at the National Sports Center for the Disabled, one of the largest outdoor therapeutic recreation agencies in the world.

Dallas-based Scottish Rite says that using special equipment, many amputees excel on the slopes, and some even become competitive skiers.

American Airlines is providing free air travel for the teens, medical staff and chaperones.

The teens return home on Saturday.

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