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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health

Mission: Mission - The High Fives Foundation supports the dreams of outdoor action sports athletes by raising injury prevention awareness while providing resources and inspiration to those who suffer life-altering injuries. Vision - The High Fives Foundation is the safety net of the outdoor action sports community.

Results: To date 206 athletes have been assisted by the High Fives Non-Profit Foundation - Empowerment Fund, from 31 different states.

Target demographics: Athletes that suffer a life-altering injury while pursuing a dream in an outdoor action sport.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 200

Geographic areas served: United States

Programs: Empowerment Fund, CR Johnson Healing Center, B.A.S.I.C.S, and Military to the Mountain are the four Program Services of the High Fives Foundation.

Community Stories

258 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

On June 9, 2012, I was injured in a car accident which left me a quadriplegic C4-C5 incomplete. That day has forever changed my life. I am on the road to recovery each and every day. The High Fives Foundation has helped me by assisting with a donation to further my recovery. Their donation has helped me physically, as well as, mentally. From the first conversation I felt nothing but genuine comparison and encouragement. I can’t wait to join in events and interact with others. I will forever be grateful for their assistance and encouragement.
Thanks Malik Hinton
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Client Served

Rating: 5

Dear Sir or Ma’am,

My name is Christian Bui. I am a forty-three year old man with a wonderful family, to include a young, energetic, full of life son. I have always had a love for the outdoors; however, in the past decade, I have watched myself steadily withdrawal from the many outdoor activities that I have grown to love.

While serving in the military I volunteered to go to AIRBORNE school. While I was stationed in Fort Bragg, North Carolina, I would participate in as many jumps as possible. I loved my job and loved feeling so free with the adrenaline running through my veins. As a result, my passion for jumping has caused me to suffer from long term chronic neck and back pain with muscle spasms, hindering my daily life activities.

High Fives Foundation has been a real blessing for me and my family. This has been the first time in many years that I have been excited about the opportunity of getting back to the outdoors. Being able to be outside, riding with others that have mobility issues, such as me, and enjoying the camaraderie of fellow veterans is an amazing life changing experience. It has truly been a breath of fresh air. My passion for the outdoors has returned and it would not have been possible without amazing programs such as the High Fives Foundation.

We all experience various limitations in our daily lives, but programs like High Fives has helped me to get back to doing what I love most; being able to enjoy the outdoors with my family. I have regained my confidence to be outdoors and in return, I can help others by volunteering my time and sharing my story by riding with veterans offering my support and providing words of encouragement.

Through your foundation, I'm back to living a life full of fun and adventure though riding and friendship. My family notices and praises the positive changes in my attitude and outlook on life. I’m appreciative of the supportive staff and the foundation for providing me the resources I needed to enjoy life again.

Thanks High Fives!
Respectfully,

Client Served

Rating: 5

This foundation has helped myself and so many others get out and become active again. I am a below the knee amputee and High Fives has given me the opportunity to receive a running leg and a chance to get back to an active lifestyle of hiking and running.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was injured almost two years ago now and with the help of foundations such as High Fives I have been able to finally find direction, motivation, and passion for the things that I once loved - biking, skiing, hiking, etc. I am endlessly grateful. THANK YOU FOR PROVIDING ME WITH NEW LIFE!

mckennawoodhead

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was paralyzed in June of 2018 from a jet ski accident. I was paralyzed c6-c7, making me lose function of my legs, core, and some movement in my hands. I was super active and adventurous before my injury, and I knew I didn’t want to stop being active after I was hurt. Through the High Fives Foundation, I can earn money to support my ambitions of living life to the fullest and staying my active self. They are a wonderful foundation that truly makes dreams come true!

James Murtha III

Client Served

Rating: 5

I am a 31-year-old quadriplegic from Michigan. My entry level is C4 incomplete tetraplegia. I have pretty decent movement with biceps, shoulder movement is okay but still need some work, and I can rotate my wrist outward; but that's pretty much it and no movement in my legs; trunks pretty weak too.

Needless to say, there's not a lot of options for cardio aerobic activity. Particularly the kind I enjoy; being that I am a former triathlete and outdoor enthusiast. Seated aerobics really is not my speed.

The High Fives NPO foundation is supporting my efforts to gain more cardio fitness through helping me obtain better exercise equipment that suits my abilities and preferences towards a more involved high-intensity workout.

My ultimate goal is to complete a marathon in a hand cycle within the next 2 years and I hope to see the crew from High Fives at the finish line!

1 Bryce A.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Two years ago while competing in a mountain bike race I got thrown over the handlebars and broke my neck. I sustained a C6-7 spinal cord injury that left me with complete paralysis below my shoulders. I felt isolated as I was very limited on the places I could travel in my wheelchair. During my rehabilitation I was introduced to an off-road handcycle. I was blown away and when I finally got a chance to ride one. It gave me back that sense of freedom I so desperately missed. Without High Fives help I would have never been able to afford one of my own. Now, I can go bike riding with my friends and enjoy the outdoors. Thank you High Fives!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Four years ago I broke my neck and became an incomplete quadriplegic. Throughout my recovery at Craig Hospital, I always was running into epic people and they all were a part of this organization called High Fives. As I have met more and more of the SCI community I was lucky enough to meet Roy Tuscany and hear about High Fives directly! They have always been an epic community and I am thrilled to be a part a recipient of this organization's grants. High Fives is allowing me to pursue a dream of kitesurfing, something I previously thought beyond difficult, by helping me find and build a sit Kitesurfboard.

Everything they do is maximally beneficial and always puts their injured athletes first!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been a T12 paraplegic since 2008. Staying physically active has been a challenge for the last 12 years. High Fives’ Empowerment Grant will enable me to purchase a hand cycle. I’m honored and excited to be a part of the High Fives family.

Client Served

Rating: 5

High Fives is a real blessing to me and many others. In May of 2018 I suffered a SCI at C6-7 and I thought my active lifestyle would be no more. With the help of this great organization, I'm back to living a life full of fun and adventure. Thanks High Fives!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was injured nine years ago in a diving accident that left me paralyzed from my chest down. I was always active prior to my injury and being injured didn't slow me down. I am always looking for new things to try and ways to continue to be healthy and active. Since being injured I have repel down a building, been rock climbing, got certified in scuba diving, been parasailing, skiing, water-skiing, kayaking, and work out daily.Last year I started practicing with our local quad rugby team and I fell in love with the sport. I needed to be able to get enough money to be able to purchase my own rugby chair so that I can join the team and compete with them. I have been blessed in receiving a partial scholarship from the High Fives Foundation that will go towards the purchasing of a rugby chair so I can pursue my goal of competing with my local team. Without foundations like High Fives I would not be able to afford to play the sport due to the cost of equipment. I can't tell you how grateful I am for those who make donations and support organizations like this and allow me to follow my passion. Thank you High Fives Foundation and all you do!

Amy Martin R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The High Fives Foundation is a great origination that has given me the opportunity to go places and do things I would not have been able to do without their generous grant. My spinal cord injury was 17 months ago and I have missed so much of what I used to be able to do! I now will be receiving an all terrain wheelchair that will allow me to once again go surf fishing. I am also going to be able to access the stream behind my house for fresh water fishing, and I plan to hike the local nature trails and explore all the places my everyday chair does not allow me access to. Thank you High Fives for bringing accessibility back to my life!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization is fantastic! Just over a year ago I suffered a spinal cord injury while rock climbing, and for that time I have not been able to go outside and enjoy and thrive in the outdoor spaces I love. High fives has been able to help with the funding for an adaptive mountain bike that allows me to be outside, explore new areas, learn a new sport, and enjoy time with friends in the mountains. This is something that I have missed dearly and really appreciate the support from great foundations like High Fives that allow me to get back at it!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Rating: 5 09/07/2019
High Fives Foundation is a great non-profit that is providing financial support in getting adaptive equipment which is high dollar expense for those with a Spinal Cord Injury. On September 7, 2019 I was in skydiving accident that severed my spine at C4,C5 Which left me paralyzed from the chest down. I applied for the empowerment grant for standing wheelchair so I can do my therapy with out me fainting. This is truly a blessing to my financial and I as was concerned with how we were going to get the funding.I really appreciate the staff and the foundation made feel as family by answering all my questions and notify me with all process. High Fives foundation rock!!!!! Thank you so much.
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Client Served

Rating: 5


On July 28, 2019, I became a T-9 Paraplegic due to a motocross accident. During my first year of recovery, I stayed active by spending countless hours in the gym, exercising, and doing my best to learn the outdoors in a wheelchair, but something was missing. Sport is what was missing! High Fives is giving me the ability to acquire a hand cycle that I’ll be able to transport safely by myself and use to compete in future road races and triathlons.

Savoy B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is savoy brown and i am a double leg amputee. I lost my legs when i was 9 years old and I am 32 years years. Because of Hugh five i am able to get back to the lifestyle I’ve known almost half my life at this point. I’m a wheelchair basketball player who have competed almost every level. I played high school (junior division) college (Southwest Minnesota State University) and i played professional (amfiv Vigo Spain). Now I’m a father of two beautiful girls and a husband. Me being able to participate in the game that has brought me so many opportunities also helps me stay fit for my family. The staff at High Five Foundation have been nothing but great to me. I requested funding for some wheels so i can continue to play the game i passionately love. When i spoke to the vendor i was getting my wheels from, they were very fond of High Five Foundation. She was naming names of the staff of High Five Foundation reassuring me the professionalism of this foundation is more than five stars i can give in this review. I want to thank High Five For helping me because at a time like this its important for me to stay in the gym as much as possible. Not just for my health but so i can have the energy to chase after my two very young at this time daughters.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

On September 11, 2007 I was working Construction and while I was framing a 2nd story wall near a stair well, I tripped and fell 8ft landing on the back of my shoulders and head breaking my lower back at T11-T12. This accident was forever life changing and left me paralyzed from the waist down & wheelchair bound. From that moment on, I accepted my injury and just wanted to move forward and get back to a “normal” life! Over the years I’ve learned so much and networked with so many great adaptive programs who have helped me get where I am today and that’s been 100% independent and as active as I can! Well throughout my journey, I kept hearing of these amazing athletes doing awesome things because of an amazing non profit organization called the High Fives Foundation! Well the more I learned about this organization I realized that it was more than just that! High fives is a family of amazing people who just want to enjoy life and pay if forward! In this past year, I was finally able to meet some of these amazing people and knew I had just become apart of this family, honorably. I look forward to the many possibilities that this program has to offer! It is because of non profits like this, I am able to continue to keep my independence and my wife and I are so thankful as without them I/we would not be able to make our new home fully accessible for myself!!
So if anyone is in the situation to be able to donate either time or money to this great non profit please do and keep up to date with where it’s going! It is because of them that adaptive athletes are able to do amazing things and continue to live as normal of a life as they can! I personally can not thank you all enough! Much love!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

High Fives Foundation is a great non-profit that is providing financial support in getting adaptive equipment which is high dollar expense for those with a Spinal Cord Injury. On June 30th, 2020, I was in a motorcycle accident that severed my spine at T5. Which left me paralyzed from the chest down. I applied for the empowerment grant for an all-terrain chair so I can get back to a normalcy with my fiancée. This is truly a blessing to my fiancée and I as we were concerned with how we were going to get the funding.

Wufky C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

On September 1st 2019 I rolled a vehicle in the desert east of Carson City and received a spinal cord injury. Because of that injury I lost the ability to do many of my passions. One of my biggest passions was skiing. When laying in the hospital I quickly learned of adaptive skiing and the High Fives Foundation. With their help through their empowerment grant I'm going to be able return to skiing and try to push the adaptive skiing sport to new levels. I am beyond thankful of their help to get me onto the hill. I'm glad to be a part of the High fives family, and look forward to seeing everyone they help along the way.
Thank you High Fives

Client Served

Rating: 5

After a freak accident left me paralyzed from the chest down, regaining the strength to get back outdoors was my priority. After countless hours of therapy I'm pushing a manual chair and thanks to High Fives Foundation I'm going to get some all-terrain tires so I'm can get back to the trails and enjoy the outdoors.

Client Served

Rating: 5

After a mountain biking accident left me paralyzed from the waist down, I began to look into adaptive bikes and found that they were all extremely expensive. Thanks to the High Fives Foundation I am able to purchase an amazing adaptive mountain bike that will get me back on the trails!

David T.5

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've grown up chasing danger and adrenaline mostly in the form of skateboarding and cycling. After a near fatal fall left me paralyzed from the chest down, I was forced to look at my adventures differently. I applied for a grant to help me fund expensive adaptive equipment through the hi-5 and I was rewarded! Their staff has been friendly and attentive along the way. I'm so grateful to know there are camps to look forward to aswell. Cheers hi-5 and thank you!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Fortunately, on my way out from a great workout at Craig Hospital, I stopped to talk to one of the visiting guys wearing a High Fives shirt. He listened as I spoke about my spinal chord injury from a paragliding accident, and how finding the humility to ask for help has been particularly tough. He smiled, handed me his business card, and told me that I still haven’t asked - High Fives is offering it. That was Roy, the founder, and he gave me the dignity to apply for an Empowerment Grant. I’m so grateful to High Fives for helping me through this challenging time, as I move from surviving to living again.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Even better than the Empowerment Grant that I received, which provides me with healing therapies, is the community that this amazing organization has created. While lying in the ICU, after incurring an incomplete C6, C7 spinal cord injury, I was greeted by a High Fives athlete who provided a living picture of what I could do, of how to thrive. Discovering new allies and friends has been nothing short of amazing. When it is easier to focus on what I can’t do, High Fives re-orients me to new ways for doing what I want to do.

Andrew Bernie B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I've had a spinal cord injury since 2019, when I was hit by a van while riding my bike. Now that I've progressed enough in my recovery to start to think about getting back to some activities, I'm so grateful that High Fives is helping me along with a monetary grant to help fund my rehab activities, especially work with a trainer that's helping to restore strength to my partially paralyzed leg. I'm also looking forward to attending some of the camps and connecting with a broader SCI/TBI community.

1 Christopher B.4

Client Served

Rating: 5

In 2013 I suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) as a result of a hit & run while riding my bike. Thanks to High Fives and the Empowerment Grant, I'll be able to work with rehabilitation specialists who work specifically with TBI survivors for the first time since my accident. Through this work I can start laying a strong foundation that will allow me to achieve my new life goals!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was injured in a diving accident on a beach in my hometown in July of 2018. I broke my neck and suffered a spinal cord injury, I am an incomplete C4 quadriplegic and I have been working hard on my body to improve myself and get back to a more normal life. At first I couldn’t move any of my limbs but now I’m working on building the strength back up in my arms and legs to allow me to be more independent. It’s a slow process but I have come a long way and I’m still working on it every day. High Fives has been very helpful and cooperative with working with me on my goals to keep building myself and getting me where I want to be.

Mike S.19

Client Served

Rating: 5

High Fives is INCREDIBLE! Their support goes far beyond injury prevention and providing monetary support for injured athletes looking to take back their lives. They help empower you to take steps towards reclaiming your sport and life with goal setting, guidance, and peer support. High Fives gives you hope. High Fives is a gift. I am extremely grateful to be a part of the High Fives Family!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Prior to the accident I worked as a firefighter/paramedic in Reno and was finally making strides in my dream career. The saying “anything can happen in a blink of an eye happened to me.” On December 28th, 2019, I endured an event that possibly altered the future of my life. I was in an off road accident that resulted in me sustaining an L1 tear drop burst fracture with spinal cord damage. This left me paralyzed from the sternum down. I honesty did not know how to feel. Going from helping others to being the one to need the help. When I arrived at rehab I felt as though I lost everything and did not know how to deal with it. The support from family and friends is amazing, though they truly don’t understand what I was actually experiencing. But then, another blink of the eyes gave me hope when Roy walked into my room. We sat and talked for hours and just the insight he provided me gave me that hope that I was missing. Finally having someone that has experienced something similar to me and has made tremendous progress was what I needed physically and mentally. Since then, the support from High Fives, Renown, and countless other, I have reached personally goals that fully exceeded my expectation. High Fives provides generosity, optimism, and hope to people who might have lost sight of that after an accident. The entire staff/athletes from top to bottom are just amazing like-minded people who truly understand how hard these life changing events can be. The foundation has opened new doors for me in life and I could not be more grateful for everyone that has helped me along the way. Thank you High Fives for everything you have done for myself and many others!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Last September I had a devastating mountain bike accident while having an epic day at whistler bike park. I ended up going over the bars off of a steep rock roll and basically swan dived onto my head. I broke my C7, T8 and T12 vertebrae with a C6 incomplete spinal cord injury. Since then I have worked very hard to maximize my recovery and following the high fives athletes has given me motivation to smash my goals. High Fives has also been very generous and has helped me out with rental of the Neubie electrical stimulation machine so i can continue my rigorous therapy routine at home. Thanks High Five!

1 Hayden L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

High Fives has been such an amazing experience helping me continue my life in outdoor sports. I suffered a T4 spinal cord injury while skiing last year and have been able to get back out since even though it may look a little bit different. I am so excited to see in what other ways they can continue to help me pursue my dreams!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I became a C6 quadriplegic in a diving accident on December 20, 2017. As a result of my injury I’ve lost a lot of independence. Because of the generosity of High Fives, I will be able to purchase car modifications that will enable me to drive again and regain some of the independence I lost. I’m so happy and grateful to be a part of an organization as awesome as High Fives!

Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization has not only helped me financially by providing a grant for a nordic ski bucket, but also by building a community. I have been able to meet amazing friends through this family. People that have been dealt a difficult situation, and conquer it. Continually pushing the limits on adaptive sports and showing that living with a disability doesn't mean you can't live life to the fullest.

Pierre B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I got injured mountain biking, a sport I was falling in love with, in Jackson Wyoming, a town I fell completely in love with. I sustained a complete injury at the T7/T8 level. I assumed everything I loved doing was probably out the window but then came Roy and his foundation High Fives. He called me while I was still in the ICU and then sent me a video from the foundation and my eyes were wide open and watery. He gave me incredible advice from day 1 and followed up with a grant to help push me to my eventual goal; heading back to Jackson to shred champagne and brown pow (ski and bike). I am so thankful for the support I received from day 1 and the hope it gave me. I am forever grateful for the opportunity to represent them as an athlete. Whatever I achieve in this new chapter will be in part because of High Fives reaching out and giving me a chance. Forever grateful and forever overwhelmed:)

Spencer K.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was an avid Mt.Bike rider prior to my spinal cord injury. One of my favorite therapy activity has been an FES cycle. I was pointed toward the High Fives foundation to help. I was excited when they got back with me so quickly! I’m also excited when I see all of the other activities that they empower athletes to do!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I injured my T6/7 in a Skiing accident December 21, 2019, which rendered me a paraplegic. Even while I was in the ICU people would mention the High Fives Foundation as something I should look into. It's great to be a part of a community with people who know what you are going through. It's also very inspiring to see people return to the sports they love through the emotional and financial support that High Fives Foundation gives. Thank you High Fives for your support in my rehabilitation efforts!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The High Fives Foundation is a group of excellent people who understand that when you love a sport that feeling doesn't stop after you sustain an injury. The High Fives organization makes it possible to participate and excel in the adventure sports we loved before we got injured and keep outdoor recreation and the rush in our lives. The Foundation enabled me get a custom adaptive kneeboard. This allowed me to train, compete and continue to raise the level of my surfing with equipment that fits my body post injury. It is my goal to promote adaptive surfing, especially women in adaptive surfing, and pay it forward as others have done for me. Thanks, High Fives, for your support! - Victoria Feige

Client Served

Rating: 5

Since losing my leg to an injury I sustained in a backcountry skiing accident last year, I have been feeling limited by what I can do using my medical-grade prosthesis. High Fives helped me to acquire a high performance prosthetic foot that will allow me to do the sports and activities I live for at a much higher level. This organization is led by disabled athletes who know how it feels to lose control of their lives for a time, and who recognize that the best way to regain control is to get back to doing the outdoor activities they love as quickly as possible. High Fives is a community of generous, caring, and like-minded individuals who support each other through tough times, and who spread stoke and positivity as they continue on their adventures through life. I am both humbled and inspired by this group of amazing human beings! Thank you so much for all your help! I'm proud to be a #HIGHFIVESATHLETE

apenny4yothawts

Client Served

Rating: 5

This High Fives grant will allow me to chase down a groundbreaking study for people living with paralysis resulting from SCI, which I have been matched to participate in. The potential for recovery of the abilities lost after my SCI in this study (epidural stimulation) are truly remarkable. It’s the first time in the nearly 12 years that I’ve been in the chair that I have been truly excited about the chance of something changing my daily life limitations. This grant gets me one step closer to kicking some dependence to the curb and for that I am very grateful. Thank you, High Fives!

Tyler T.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

After loosing both my legs below the knee and suffering a TBI in a skydiving accident I was struggling to move forward with life. I was introduced to Roy Tuscany while while rehabbing in Texas and was invited to a High Fives surf camp in San Clemente California. The support and confidence that I got from learning to surf again with 10 other people who were going through a similar life event was amazing, not to mention just how fun it was to meet and hangout with such an unreal group of people. I was lucky enough to go to the us open as a high fives athlete the later that year and now I have received a grant to pursue a dream that I had in sport even prior to my accident.
High fives is the best!!!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was snowboarding at monarch mountain near Salida, Colorado on December, 1st 2019 when I caught an edge and somersaulted on to my back fracturing my spine at C6-C7 leaving me a quadriplegic. While a patient at Craig hospital in Englewood, Colorado I was introduced to Dani and the High Fives Foundation and immediately felt like they were kindred spirits who enjoyed the outdoors as much as me. They have been super supportive of my goal to walk again and hope to be a high fiver forever. Thank you High Fives!

sestocado

Client Served

Rating: 5

I was injured Feb. 23, 2020, in a snowboarding accident. I broke my sternum and suffered a T6 spinal cord injury. The people of High Fives have been supporting me all the way right from the start. Having a community of athletes who have their own stories to share are truly inspiring! It’s a community I can relate to and continue my athletic career with. Thank you!

Jo-Marie L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I suffered a spinal cord injury about a year and a half ago. I was snowboarding and broke my neck at c-5 leaving me as a quadriplegic. I came across the high fives athletes and was inspired by their stories and encouraging words. This community is nothing but kind and encouraging. I am so grateful to be a part of it to help restore my sense of adventure and independence.

Louis A.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

In February 2020 I became a paraplegic after surviving a traumatic ski accident. Bouncing back after destroying my body has been the most challenging obstacle I have encountered. High Fives has welcomed me in with open arms and shown me I am not alone. With their help I will be able to continue my PT ensuring I return to work and play at high levels.

Cj R.

Client Served

Rating: 5

After exploding my neck 2 1/2 years ago, I thought my life of adventure and adrenaline seeking was over. With the help of High Fives Foundation that wasn't the case. I started sit-skiing a year after my injury in Big Sky, Montana. I was lucky enough to receive some funding from a local foundation my first season back which helped pay for lessons and get back in the groove of things. This most resent season I was awarded the empowerment grant from High Fives which paid for 15 lesson through an adaptive ski program called Eagle Mount. I progressed from a bi ski to a mono ski by the time the season got cut short. I am thankful every day that I have the support from such a rad program like High Fives to continue exploring the possibilities of outdoor adventure still.

Client Served

Rating: 5

High Fives Foundation gave me the opportunity to get back outside and enjoy my life again.

Grayson L.

Client Served

Rating: 5

In July o 2019 I suffered an incomplete spinal cord injury at L4/L5. Pretty early on I heard about high fives at Craig Hospital. High Fives got me stoked on getting back the sports I love sooner than ever and I have been working hard to get there. I was awarded an empowerment grant and I am so stoked to keep working towards my goals with such great supporters. Huge huge shoutout to High Fives you guys are awesome and so inspiring. Thank you again for stepping in and providing support so early on in my recovery.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I got my spinal cord injury over six years ago, and recently discovered nordic skiing. Since I started skiing, I've regained the sense of adventure and exploration outside. It allows me to move freely in the snow--something I didn't think I could experience after paralysis. The High Fives Grant allowed me to purchase my own Nordic ski setup. I am so excited and grateful to have my own equipment--it will allow me to continue exploring and training outside on the snow, which is my absolute favorite place to be!

Client Served

Rating: 5

I sustained a spinal cord injury while rock climbing in June 2016, which has impacted every aspect of my life. One of my goals has been to find a way to enjoy being outside again. A few years ago I discovered para Nordic skiing (which I love!) and I have been borrowing equipment from another organization. High Fives has provided me with a grant so I can have my own bucket, skis and poles which will help me pursue this sport!! Also, I will be able to have a custom bucket made for me and my body which will improve my abilities on snow. Having my own gear will be huge in adding to my independence and ability to chase snow. I can’t thank High Fives enough. I am also excited to discover new activities and opportunities with this organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

High Fives has been a big helping hand. From the offroad handcycle camp at Northstar to the excellent physical therapy at the CRJohnson Healing Center to the sit-ski lessons package, I'm really stoked to be getting back to the activities that I love.
Thank you High Fives!

JP M.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

From the moment I reached out to the High Fives Foundation to the moment I was awarded my mono ski grant, they opened their arms and welcomed me like I was part of their family. It's so inspiring to think that there is an organization with such a specific purpose helping us reach our athletic pursuits. Not only did the High Fives Organization connect me with some amazing like minded individuals but it provided me with the freedom to be outside my wheelchair doing a sport I love so much.

Client Served

Rating: 5

In June of 2019, I sufferred a C5 incomplete injury. So, this is the beginning of my SCI journey. This year I have been focused on recovering as much function as possible doing whatever I can. My dad heard about High5s at Craig Hospital and applied for a grant to get me skiing again. My mother was uncomfortable with me skiing so soon after my injury, so instead High5s gave me a grant for a tennis sports wheelchair. Thanks to HighFives, I will be out with my team at Del Oro HS not only serving as captain but getting a chance to relearn tennis in a new way. High5s is unreal. I'm truly humbled by what they have done. Sometimes support like High5s has shown is all it takes to change the trajectory of someone's life. I am so honored to be a High5s athlete and am looking forward to future adventures as well as meeting others in the High5s community. What a fantastic organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Hi my name is Josh and I was involved in a mountain bike accident that left me a C5 incomplete quadriplegic. On a beautiful spring day on June 10, 2018 I was out on a Morning ride with the guys. We started our dissent and while eyeing my next turn I missed seeing a rock that flipped me over the handlebars 30 feet into a tree. While in the hospital multiple friends told me about hi5 foundation. I knew once I was in the right place in my healing that I was going to reach out to them. Hi five it’s so much more than just a foundation to me. I was always into Non-traditional sports like mountain biking, skateboarding, and snowboarding. Now with the help of this grant I will be able to continue physical therapy at Project Walk which in turn helps me have the strength to go skiing, ride my trike bike and work on healing.

sethmcb

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Rating: 5

It's been 20 years since I sustained a spinal cord injury while skiing, and the High Fives foundation is helping me to finally get back on the snow with a grant for sit ski lessons. They're a great organization, easy to work with, and truly invested in their mission. They do more than providing grants, making sure that athletes have a plan and the support needed to achieve their goals.

Jack R.1

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Rating: 5

I had a spinal cord injury on February 16, 2019 From snowboarding. The results of his injury left me paralyzed from the chest down. I fractured my C-4, C-6, C-7 and shattered my C-5. The doctors listed me as in AISA A but I don’t believe it and I won’t let it hold me back. I know I will walk again. I am so thankful that the High Fives Foundation has graciously welcomed me to their team. While I am just getting started, I know they will be there on my journey to recovery.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My partner was paralyzed in a rock climbing accident. Navigating the massive change this has made to our lives has been difficult, but throughout it members of the High Five family have stepped in to help. Although we were complete strangers they have texted with, us talked with us, come to our events, and done everything they can to help ease the healing journey and show us that there are worlds of adventure still waiting. Stoked to be part of this family.

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Rating: 5

Hello my name is Jeremy I'm 35, I first learned about this place last year around July from my friend. I was embarrassed at first to go in but I realized this a great place if you need help. The platform is great for shower,food,charging,I internet access, meet cool new friends, socialize . It feels like a community that you can get used to. I learned to love this place and the people

Kate C.4

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Rating: 5

High Fives is the most amazing organization that supports injured bandasses through funding their rehab and adaptive equipment. I grew up skiing and it was my favourite thing in the world. In 2018, while backcountry skiing I was caught in an avalanche and sustained a spinal cord injury. After my skiing accident I immediately recognised I now had the chance to ski in a different way, so I set myself the goal of representing my country at the winter Paralympics. Adaptive skiing equipment is reeeeaally expensive, the grant from High Fives means that I can continue pursue my passion and goals. Thanks to High Fives I can afford to do the sport I love.

McDrew

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Rating: 5

Thanks to High-Five and the generous empowerment grant I received, I'm able to purchase and off-road hand cycle and get back into the woods and dirt trails as I grew up doing and love. Since getting paralyzed in 2006 I have tried getting outdoors and in the woods in different ways but with this bike I'll actually be able to get off the beaten trail and climate around on rocks/trails. About a month out of rehab I tried to take a bank turn in a BMX park in a power chair and just about cracked open my skull given their not quite meant for that. Stoked to get that rush of going down hills and riding around in the dust. Everyone I have interacted with has been amazing so far, and a super supportive community. Stoked to be part of it.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Since I broke my neck in August Of 2019, One of my goals has been to get back outside riding bikes and surfing again. The founder, Roy Tuscany, came to Craig Hospital And told me I would be able to get back to doing things I love, just in an adaptive way. His outlook on life and positive mindset has stuck with me And now I strive to have that same thought. Thank you high fives!

Edwin M.1

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Rating: 5

Thanks to High Fives I was able to start my journey back into the outdoors where I’ve always loved! The entire team and staff is not only very helpful but also very positive! Thanks to this amazing foundation I was able to get back into the outdoors and skiing as an adapted athlete!

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I was 17, I broke my back and landed in a wheelchair. It has been the wildest adventure I’ve ever imagined and High Fives Foundation has been the jet fuel in my adventure engine.
Through them, I have been trained by world-class fitness trainers, I have gotten to surf, ski, rock climb, horseback ride, and rip around the back roads of the Sierra Nevada mountains with Return to Dirt Foundation.
As a result of their provided training and inspiration I have been able to live completely independent and travel the world, living in remote places like Rwanda and Nicaragua.
This team works tirelessly to achieve every goal we set together, and I could never express my thanks enough.

Client Served

Rating: 5

"When you're an active mountain sports athlete and you experience a life-changing injury, it's not that hard to get left in the dust and question where you fit in. What impacted me the most becoming a High Fives athlete is the sense of family and belonging. We relate to each other's lives, and are brought together by our shared experiences and our hunger to return to the lives we loved so much...

Not only do the wonderful people at the High Fives Foundation bring us together in our common goals and dreams, but they also help us secure funding for therapies and equipment that keep our fires lit and our recoveries onward and upward, sometimes delivering us from very dire circumstances. Through their tireless efforts and infectious positivity they have transformed the lives of so many of us and will continue to as they grow and become capable of helping more and more mountain sport athletes in need.

They have most recently created the possibility for me to incorporate custom seating in my sit ski setup for the winter this year. Beyond stoked to be able to spend more time in the ski and have greater control as we take on steeper terrain and higher speeds. All the help I have received from the High Fives Foundation has helped me reach this point and leaves me very inspired to further invest in my progression and put a big fat cheese eating grin on my face. Long live High Fives!"

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Rating: 5

The HIgh Fives Foundation is unique in that it focuses on injured mountain athletes. Athletes searching for ways to advance their recovery from traumatic injury, and perhaps even return to competition, usually face significant obstacles of access and funding to pursue therapies and return to athletic activities. Since becoming a C4 incomplete quadriplegic 4 years ago; spending the first two of those battling pressure wounds, infections and pneumonias, I'm now about two years deep slowly building strength and new motor function. I'm finally at the point where I can really push myself physically and my recovery continues to gain momentum and renew innervation to body parts that were paralyzed until recently. The High Fives Foundation has helped me boost my recovery by creating access to the best technology available for me to rebuild and regain my upper body. Access is the most important factor in my ability to recover the use of my body, and I am so very thankful high fives has helped create such access. I'm also humbled and excited to be included in a group of like-minded athletes with such positive and gold directed outlooks on life. As a father and an athlete with a hunger for the hills, I'm very much looking forward to spending more time with my family, good friends, and hopefully fellow High Fives athletes in the mountains!
-Adam Lavender

Georgiana B.

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Rating: 5

The High Fives Foundation has single handedly built a community of individuals that have helped redefine what it means to live life with a spinal cord injury. As a college student with an SCI, I can 1000% say that High Fives reminds me daily that I am capable of so much more than the barriers I let myself believe are ahead of me! Because of this organization I have been able to enjoy my time in the outdoors with adaptive sports and have sponsorship to achieve my rehab goals. Having an SCI is a marathon, not a sprint, but High Fives makes the marathon truly enjoyable.