Sometimes in life, all you need is a second chance.
Sherene Ricci believes her second chance came at Lookout
Outdoor recreation is the cure for everything.
It's good for what ails ya, Ricci said.
I live 100 miles away, but this mountain's become
The path to finding her home on a ski mountain was
a rocky one as Ricci was diagnosed with synovial sarcoma
early in life.
First time I had cancer I was 14 years old, Ricci
Did my check-ups for five years after wards.
Was given the green light to go live life.
And the cancer came back.
Eight years after being cleared the cancer came back
for Ricci and this time was worse than the first.
Ricci was forced with a tough decision, lose her right
leg, or lose her life.
I decided the only thing scarier than becoming an
amputee was losing my life to cancer so I made the
I was an adult.
I had to sign the consent form,
Being an amputee is a big part of my day.
It's a big part of my life, but it isn't the whole
deal, you know.
I'm still me, Ricci said.
Ricci recalls a childhood that involved skiing with
My folks are the ones that taught all of us three
kids how to ski and stuff so some of my favorite memories
growing up are skiing with my family,
It was those memories that pushed Ricci to reach for
a goal some might find out of reach.
My first real happy thought after I lost my leg was
maybe I can go skiing again so I had a goal to learn
to ski within a year after my leg, and I did," Ricci
"These are my freedom.
These can take me places that crutches can't.
That chairlift can take me places that I can't go
on one leg, and I love it.
Not only did Ricci make it back up the hill, now she
is passing her love of skiing down to new generations
as she is a ski instructor, and a very popular one.
It's really interesting when she comes up to a new
skier especially a kid.
They just can't believe what they're seeing, said
Then they ski with her, and they fall in love with
Just like everybody on the mountain.
We've all fallen in love with her.
Then there's the nickname, one that seems obvious,
but a little strange to hear the first time.