For a 64-year-old man with multiple sclerosis, skiing was never a hobby or pastime -- it was his passion and release from the everyday world. Eliot Bridge took to the hill again, on a sunny February day, after too many years away from the sport that encompassed much of his younger life.
Along with the help of Mt. Hood Meadows and its adaptive ski program, Bridge was placed on a bi-ski and led down the mountain for an unlimited number of turns on the snow-covered slopes of Mt. Hood. The trip was facilitated by Marquis Care at Forest Grove, a skilled nursing, assisted living and home health care company, and its New Chapters Program. The New Chapters Program encourages employees to listen to the dreams and hopes of residents and then work toward the realization of these, often life-long, aspirations.
Adam Fleck of Mt. Hood Meadows mComm covered Eliot's return to the slopes.
Bridge's love of skiing started at an early age as a member of his prep and high school ski teams in New Hampshire and Maine. An award-winning skier, Bridge went on to serve in the Navy as an air traffic controller and continued his love of the downhill sport on the Navy's ski team as a jumper and slalom skier. Bridge soon recognized the effects of his multiple sclerosis were growing too large to continue skiing in the same capacity of his youth. At that point, he joined the Veteran's Special Olympic Ski Team and won second place in the Special Olympics.
Bridge was joined by his wife; Matt Pool, an administrator at Marquis Care Forest Grove; and Phil Fogg, Jr., the president of Marquis Companies.