High Fives supported me in my quest to qualify for a spot on 2014 Sochi Paralympic team. Unfortunately I didn’t make the team but High Fives was still there for me regardless. High Fives also grants funds to athletes in need of KBG atheletic equipment.
I was injured a year ago with a severe shattering of my lumbar and thoracic spine. I broke all of my limbs and was going through surgeries all year. A family friend told us about High Fives and their amazing support community.
I was inspired just to realize there was a community of athletes that no matter the circumstances are still stoked to be in the mountains. I was granted assistance for PT to help my body learn to walk and do normal life tasks.
Without High Fives I would not be gaining the same independence! I cannot say how grateful I am for receiving help!
In spring 2013, i suffered a career-ending crash competing in freestyle skiing at Big Bear Mountain, California. I was a broke college student, hoping to win money and sponsor recognition competing, had no family for 2,000 miles, and was airflighted off the mtn to a hospital for 2 weeks with a broken back and pelvis that had snapped in half.
Upon returning home, i was lost. I had no idea how i was going to pay my rent or how to get proper PT treatment.. I thought i would have to fly to new york and fail my final semester of school and walk with crutches the rest of my life.
In the midst of this terrible incident, i did somehow gain what i wanted - a sponsor, ironically. The High Fives Foundation provided me with monetary support and endless emotional support to help me get back on my feet, and successfully pursue my ski career. Since then, i've launched my own Pro model line with J skis, traveled the world for skiing, and even began my own ski touring product company ( Daymaker Touring). You can view my story with high fives here https://vimeo.com/78219237
Thank you High Fives!!!
I have an L1 fracture and use a wheelchair. After my accident, it felt my life was over. Everything I loved was taken away from me. I know this sounds dramatic, but I couldn't imagine living without access to the wilderness and mountains. I learned about High Fives through an internet search. Their website immediately filled me with stoke. It was amazing to watch adaptive athletes like me skiing, surfing, mountain biking, fishing and having a really good time. High Fives supported me financially for two years after my injury: covering expensive pilates-based physical therapy and equipment costs. Thanks to High Fives, I've made huge gains in my recovery, and can walk with crutches and braces for short distances. I also got strong enough to do triathlons. Recently, High Fives invited me on a surf trip with seven other adaptive athletes. It was an amazing experience. High Fives creates the excitement, the community, and the support athletes need after a traumatic, life-changing injury like a spinal cord fracture.
Meeting some of the High Fives Team two years ago sparked my interest in the foundation. Since then, seeing all that the foundation does for not only the big mountain sports community, but for disabled veterans, Truckee-Tahoe community members, and it's employees I couldn't help but share my stoke for the foundation. This summer the foundation has been gracious enough to share their knowledge about SCI injuries and running a non-profit, by allowing me to volunteer as an intern and it has by far been the most amazing experience of my life. I cannot put into words the positivity and down to earth vibe this foundation has, but it's AMAZING!
High Fives contagious positive energy and desire to impact the community of people with disabilities is unparalleled. They are at the forefront of contributing to such a community by sponsoring people, events, and programs that might not get the same attention otherwise. Plus high fives are free and frequent!
This group of individuals has literally changed the life of so many, now bringing athletes to surf has really showed the power of this group.
Our son had a skier vs tree accident 2 1/2 years ago, and a resulting spinal cord injury left him paraplegic. High Fives not only has provided funding for PT to help our son physically, but they've provided emotional support by recognizing him as an athlete. Not a former athlete nor someone who's disabled, but a kickass adaptive skier who achieves his goals and skis much better than his mother. I have no words to describe what High Fives means to our family, but I will help in any way possible to further their mission.
The High Fives Foundation is a unique and powerful nonprofit that initially inspired me to volunteer after I experienced the positive impact the organization had on our local community. By supporting and inspiring those working to overcome serious injury, High Fives has had an incredibly intense effect on the lives of everyone that comes in contact with the team. Every person the foundation has helped is empowered to overcome extreme personal challenges, which is a phenomenal feat.
After I was injured 2.5 years ago, High Fives has continually supported my recovery. They have not only helped me by covering the cost of therapy sessions directly aimed at helping me get stronger, but they have created a community of people that I have continually learn from, share experiences with, and cheer on. Such a valuable organization!
About 8 years ago i broke my C5, C6 & C7 vertebrae while front flipping on my snowboard. Prior to coming into contact with the High Fives Foundation i was pretty active in the adaptive sports community but i was having countless surgeries due to medical complications, over time i started to see my endurance decrease which made it difficult to engage in a lot of physical activity. So about 2 years ago i reached out to High Five and told them my story and my situation and with open arms they helped me tremendously. I received weights and a stationary arm exercise machine along with a badass Top End XLT hand cycle. Thank you guys so much for helping me along my recovery process.
Im a C7 Quadriplegic and the HighFives foundation provided me with exercise equipment so i could pursue my winter skiing goals. They're an amazing foundation and i can't thank them enough.
High Fives has thoroughly changed my life. Enabled me to return to the mountains after my spinal cord injury and they all work SOOOO hard. Staying late at the office is VERY regular for everyone invovled.
On January 27 2016 after I had made my way out to the west coast after graduation I had a serious snowboard accident, and lost my ability to walk. Finding out the most likely path to recovery was through organizations that can't be covered by insurance was huge. High Fives is dedicated to trying to get people like me back onto the mountain and into the snow. Everyone who I have spoken to with the company (and especially Steve Wallace) have been super relaxed, helpful, and give me hope. Because of High Five's generosity I've been able to focus on my recovery without distraction. This small detail has proven to make a big difference in my recovery. I owe so much to this organization.
Three months ago I suffered a L-2 vertebrae burst fracture. At that moment I thought I would never walk again. High Fives took me in after I was released from the hospital in Santa Clara and immediately helped me with my recovery. With the help of The High Fives Foundation I'm on track to getting my life back, and getting back on my feet.. The humans at High Fives are great, from the trainers, to the office staff, and the founders. I honestly, don't know where I'd be if I wasn't going to High Fives. The people at High Fives have constantly pushed me in all the right ways to help me recover. I am blessed to be part of such a great organization, and it's very hard to put all of what they've done for me in a review. I could go on for pages about how great High Fives is, but perhaps I'll save that for another day. My name is Nolan Trowe, I am a High Fives athlete, and I believe High Fives is the best thing that could have ever happened to me post injury. One Love.
High Fives not only continues athletes dreams after life altering accidents but they continue to do so much for our small town of Truckee, CA. Love them love what they do!
I've been involved with High Fives for a very long time. Thankfully, not as a grant recipient, but as a sponsor, friend of recipients and avid skier. High Fives stresses positivity in every interaction. Their dedication to helping people regain their sense of self is unmatched. The good they have done in the world will leave longlasting impressions on everyone they touch.
High Fives Foundation has given injured athletes the opportunity to get back into the sports they love.Though it may be in a different capacity, the joy it brings is incredible and amazing to watch. Roy and all the people involved have such a passion and commitment to this mission. Thank you for helping to make dreams a realty.
I suffered a traumatic brain injury while snowboarding. High Fives has been helping me with my ongoing journey to live my life as independently as I can. They were so instrumental in supporting my rehab so I can walk short distances on my own and get around just using one cane. They purchased an all season all terrain wheelchair so I can enjoy the outdoors all year round. High Fives has given me the tools to look at life in such a positive way. Love you High Fives.
As an injured athlete I can only begin to describe how the High Fives Foundation has helped me. They helped me get ready to go home from the rehab hospital after a spinal cord injury. They helped me pay for rehab sessions, what has gotten me more of my life back than I thought possible. They created a community of friends and family that have encouraged me along the way, that I look to for support and inspiration. They have gotten me back on the trail/road/water doing what I love. By supporting High Fibes you support injured athletes around the country that need a little help.
High Fives has been easy to work with and extremely supportive. After breaking my back and suffering paralysis of my legs, the Hive Fives Foundation provided funding to help me get home after extensive hospitalization and rehabilitation, to be able to continue my recovery and get intensive therapies to maximize my recovery, and to get me out doing the things I love in my community. They have been sharing my story and the story of other athletes with spinal cord injuries, so that we can inspire each other to keep going and know that we can get back to doing the things we love.
An amazing group of people who get that teaching someone to love themselves is the first step path to success. I'm a veteran wounded in Afghanistan and they have empowered me with an opportunity to fight for the privilege of representing my country!
Growing up I wasn't allowed to ski or snowboard because of the risk of injury during my hockey seasons. After my Incomplete SCI injury, while playing hockey, I found mono skiing. I feel in love with the newly found freedom, but was heavily restricted using a program ski. Anyone that knows me can tell you that I push the limits in everything I do. With the help of HighFives I was able to get my own mono ski and now there are no limits to what I can do on a mountain! Oh, the people behind the HighFives are the most genuine, kind-hearted humans you'll ever have the opportunity to meet. I feel blessed to have stumbled upon their website 4 years ago.
I was injured in 2013 in a snowbobile accident left me an incomplete parapalegic. High Fives held a 3 day training event with Coach Josh Dulack in Duluth, MN. in 2016. Introduced me to the foundation and there mission. They want to give the world back to injured athletes one person at a time. Sept 21st 2016 I received a letter that I was choosen as a receipient of a grant from High Fives Foundation for a Mono-Ski!!!! Thank you guys this is a very humbling experience. I will continue to pay it forward. Josh B
I have watched as High Fives has grown from an idea into a reality. The first hand experience of the founders allow them to truly understand an athletes needs emotionally, physically, mentally and financially. I wish there had been something like this around when I first became a member of the disabled community.
High fives is one of the most exciting and committed non profits out there. They really raise awareness for athletes with disabilities and do it in an engaging fun way. Rock on
High Fives has supported our family, emotionally and financially, through every part of our journey adjusting to our son's ski accident in 2015 which left him paralyzed. Their support and presence along the way has made a positive and lasting difference in our lives.
High Fives is the net that helps athletes when they fall...and then helps them back up and into life!
I first came to know about The High Fives Foundation through an invitation to a mono-ski race camp at SugarBush in Vermont. I had a great experience during this camp, with lots of motivating and knowledgeable people. After this camp, I reached out to High Fives for a grant to get a mono-ski bucket insert. I received a grant and am now able to get this seat that I have wanted for a long time. This will enable me to better my skiing and spend more time on the mountain without worry of further medical issues! Thanks High Fives!
High fives foundation gives injured athletes something to look forward to in a future that can be uncertain. They help athletes with their recovery, therapy, and adaptive equipment. High fives help athletes to believe in themselves and to more importantly challenge themselves to greatness.
I am so incredibly proud of all the work high fives has done and can't wait to see what comes next!
High Fives provides critical support to injured athletes. Though the need is different for each individual, the foundation encourages athletes to set goals for improvement and helps them achieve those goals with the scholarships they provide and the mental support as well. A high five to High Fives for all they do to get athletes back to the life they so enjoyed.
I am literally sitting in my living room crying after reading that I got approved for an Empowerment Grant from High Fives Fdn. Words can barely describe how stoked I am to return to the sport of skiing that I loved so dearly before my spinal cord injury with the help of HFF Grant to cover the cost of my adaptive ski equipment and lessons. The last sixteen months since my accident have been filled with highs and lows, but any day on a ski hill is a good day, and I can't wait to get out there and become a #HighFivesAthlete! THANK YOU!!!!
Everything they do is always positive and hopeful. Just stopping in for a quick visit you are always greeted with a smile from everyone in the building. From the staff, trainers and recovering athletes everyone is an agent of positivity. Having a family member who had a lifelong disability and worked hard their entire life to not allow it to ever bring them down, would be proud of what the High Fives Foundation stands for.
High Fives has been a light for my entire family after my brother suffered a spinal cord injury 2 years ago. They offer positivity, creativity, stoke, financial assistance, emotional support, laughter...the list goes on, to all! Thanks to High Fives my brother is back doing many of the same things he did before his accident and trying some new things as well! For example, he recently took first in his division at an adaptive surf competition, he'd never surfed before his injury. That's the power of the High Fives Foundation! Nothing is off limits, they'll help you find a way.
Had no idea who these fine folks were before my son's accident. They reached out while we were still in the ICU and have been beyond exceptional in his recovery ever since. From providing gear to a true friendship with him. Can not say enough good things about High Fives and the crew. High Five!
The High Fives Foundation is truly doing something special for athletes. Helping those that have suffered life altering injuries get back to becoming an athlete and maybe proving doctors wrong with levels of training and recovery. I have seen first hand the stoke and hope return to those that have been helped by High Fives. With growth comes more hope for continuous stoke for those newly injured as well as providing help to improving the lives of those that truly need lifelong support by an extended family, HighFives.
The Foundation brings the most amazing opportunities to athletes with disabilities. Without High Fives Foundation, I am not sure if I could so all the amazing things in my life.
I have been volunteering for High Fives for over a year now. It is truly amazing to see the direct impact they have on our community here in Tahoe, and also across the nation. Be able to help our and getting to see first hand the stories of High Fives athletes has been life changing for myself. So glad to know that High Fives is there for the mountain action sports community.
High Fives responded immediately after my brother submitted a grant application to the foundation 3 years ago. He reached out in hopes of finding a way to overcome his spinal cord injury that initially left him bed ridden with limited movement and feeling below his waist.
High Fives helped Max with additional rehabilitation options, physical training, and equipment that wasn't covered by our insurance plan which was amazing. In addition to the financial support he's received a ton of moral support from a group of athletes, coaches, volunteers, and donors that have helped him regain his ability to walk, snowboard, bike, and do many of the things that he did before his accident. Since his injury he's also learned how to surf through the High Five's Surf program with other adaptive athletes. High Fives makes life great again for all of the athletes they work with and it touches all of the people around them in a special way that's hard to explain. Attached is a photo of Max in Japan.
I had a ski accident that left me a C6 quadriplegic on April 5th, 2015. The Highfives Foundation has provided nonstop mental, physical, & financial support every step of the way. We are incredibly fortunate to have such an amazing foundation backing us!
I have had a working relationship with Roy Tuscany since his injury in 2006 and been fortunate enough to work with a large amount of athletes that have come through the program since 2009. But on Wednesday July 6, 2016, I had an experience that brought so much reward to all that I have been able to do with and for the High Fives Foundation. At the end of Jason Abraham's* session, he told me that he wanted to try something and not help him up as I usually do. I lowered the table and staged his chair in the usual place. Then he began new movements that I haven't seen him do. Next thing I know he was getting himself up on his elbows, then on his hands and then he sat himself all the way up, moved his legs off the table and transferred to his chair all without my help. That right there was one of the biggest rewards for doing what I do.
Thank you Jason and the High Fives Foundation for making my heart smile.
-Karen Stubbs LMT
*For Jason Abraham's story follow this link (https://highfivesfoundation.org/jason-abraham/)
I have been working with High Fives Foundation for over 4 years now and have scene how my support and donations have helped those athletes in need. The Executive Director Roy Tuscany is a man with a vision. After suffering a traumatic injury himself, he had the idea of how he could raise money through the endemic snow industry to help those athletes like himself who have suffered traumatic injury's. His own experience (that was life altering) inspired Mr Tuscany to do something great. Through education and awareness, High Fives Foundation has not only helped those athletes in need of financial support during there recovery but also have developed education programs to support the snow resorts with programs like #helmetsarecool and #knowyourpark. These programs have helped educate snow enthusiasts that are working at major snow resorts of the risks involved in skiing and snowboarding. Having some sense and education about park and mountain safety can not only prevent a traumatic injury but it could save your life. This new school approach to skier and snowboarder safety is a one of a kind program that helps reduce the number of injury's by Resort employees and snow enthusiast's alike. Truly an amazing Foundation that uses the donations as a way to educate and help those whom have been injured with cash grants towards recovery. The foundation also owns and operates the CR Johnson Healing Center in Truckee, California where athletes can go to do therapy and get support from specialists. If you want to help and have fun doing it than you can simply attend one of the many events that the Foundation puts on or go to www.highfivesfoundation.org to make a donation and learn more about the upcoming events.
This is an amazing group of people! I've been working with them for about a year now and it is great to see how many people they have helped and what a difference it makes. I look forward to working with them as much as possible in the future. High Five!
Best way to explain this foundation is, STOKE FACTORY!
My life and my families life has been positively transformed by the HIGHfivesFoundation's healing network. Through grants, camps and the CR Johnson healing centre I have been exposed to the right people and the right time, to make my recovery from spinal cord injury and HUGE success. I am eternally grateful for the work these amazing people do.
Hi Fives has been a wonderful resource for my daughter Sally Francklyn, who was badly injured in a ski accident. They run a lean and mean operation with minimal staff, they don't use telemarketers, they don't aggressively solicit their donors. They have not only supported Sally with grants for needed services, but they have been invested in her personal success toward recovery, and, as injury survivors themselves, they have provided a personal and meaningful touch throughout her recovery.
I looked them up on a charity website and their form 990 is very clean. Salaries are low and fundraising percentages are low.
If you want to support a foundation that really helps spine and brain injured athletes, these are the guys!
High Fives has been an important part of recovery for my family member. As a winter empowerment athlete, my daughter has received therapy above and beyond what the doctors could provide. Just as important is the warm and loving personal touch we have received from all the staff there. They have really reached out to make life better.
In addition, this outfit is very lean and mean with their expenses and spending. Most of the money goes to program services, which is as it should be. Also the board all serves without pay, another plus. That means they are invested in the success of the foundation. I checked them out on an independent website(Guidestar). Really good numbers for management and overhead as a fraction of program services make me wish to contribute on my own.
They do a great job with communication. their website is up to date and their social media is also very good.
I know what I am talking about as I also served for many years in fundraisng for a non profit
Our son, Barclay, was seriously injured in a ski accident February 2015. He broke his neck and back. He is paralyzed from the mid-chest down. Before his accident Barclay built a weight room in our basement that was an important space for him. A space all his own. During his rehab at Craig Hospital his team of therapist heard about this space and told us that getting Barclay back into this space was important. Our house has three floors and is built on a hill. Access to the basement over the grass in his wheelchair is extremely difficult. Friends of ours suggested that we contact the High Fives Foundation for help. We reached out to them, told them our situation and asked for help with a lift to get Barclay from the deck down to the basement. Immediately Steve and Roy gave us direction. We followed that direction and in April got a phone call saying that the foundation's board had approved our application for a grant to help fund Barclay's lift along with help with massage and acupuncture therapy. This could not have happened without their help. This was only the first step. High Fives has taken a vested interest in Barclay's progress along with the progress of all their athletes. The High Fives team knows from personal experiences what their athletes have and are going through. They want to help anyway they can. We are fortunate to have High Fives part of Barclay's future.
Top notch organization. Amazing team at High Fives! Incredible people making a major impact on the recovery of injured athletes.
High Fives has supported my recovery through helping me re engage my passions for outdoor recreation. As a two time SCI survivor H5's has enabled me to raise my expectations toward recovery both physically and mentally. Skiing, surfing, biking, whatever your goal, they help you achieve. I have made lifelong friends who share their stoke for others to recover. I owe them so much. To some up High Fives in 3 words. Love, positivity, and stoke.
Mark Flounlacker High Fives Winter Empowerment Athlete
5 years ago I broke my c-2 vertebrae skiing in the Lake Tahoe backcountry. After coming out of the hospital, I was overwhelmed with hospital bills, and pretty much life itself. I was unsure what to do and how to go about my recovery. High Fives reached out to me and told me get in touch with them. High Fives was crucial in my recovery, not only were they awesome just to talk to and lend an ear, but they found me a PT and covered my therapy which I believe helped me get back on skis and doing what I love to do. High Fives goes above and beyond. I honestly can't say enough, and still feel extremely grateful.
High Fives means so much to me. after my spinal cord injury in 2010 they showed me how truly awesome life is and half stopped supported me for even a second. They are my great asset and my absolute best friends.
High Five to High Fives Foundation. They have helped me get back and stay on the snow after an injury. Roy and Steve have been my main points of contact and are always on it for communication and checking in to make sure things are going well and that they are fulfilling their mission. Thank you so much to High Fives Foundation and the work they do getting people out on the snow after an injury and sticking with their athletes through it all. Thanks so much.
High fives is an amazing organization. For most people who have gone through a traumatic life altering injury, the road to recovery can be a very arduous and lonely one. Roy Tuscany and Steve Wallace understand that from first hand experience. High fives empowers people in more ways than one. They've built a support community which puts people that have just sustained an injury or that are in the recovery process after an injury, in touch with with one another which nowadays can make the difference between saving a life or letting someone die from disparity. They also empower people by providing grants to help them Regain a quality of life that they were used to prior to their accident. Recovery is not cheap but how can you put a price on a life? Well, you can't, but High Fives has figured out how to help ease the pain both financially and emotionally that comes with a life altering injury. Everyday they give people a new lease on life.
What not to say. I went from 11 surgeries, a deadly infection, 15 blood transfusions and 7 months in bed recovering before my bk amputation to living the life I love once again. That was just two short years ago. Now I'm out doing nearly everything in life I used to! I just completed my first Spartan Trifecta at Squaw Valley with the help of High Fives. They've supported me throughout my entire ordeal. From critically important massage and constant rehab, to three new prosthesis, High Fives has been there when no one else was. I can't say enough positive things about this wonderful, small group of people. They are changing lives everyday!
High Fives Non-Profit Foundation is awesome, and has helped me after my life altering injury to return to a sport that I am able to play. They are a great support system of encouragement and an example of how positive mindset is the way of life!! I would not be where I am today without all the High Fives I've received. Way to go!!
On January 8, 2015 I experienced a life-altering spinal cord injury while skiing at my home mountain of Alpine Meadows in Lake Tahoe, CA. The crash resulted in a burst fracture of my L1 vertebrae, a dislocated shoulder and broken rib which left me paralyzed from the waist down.
While recovering from 2 back surgeries at Renown Medical Center in Reno, NV, Roy Tuscany, Founder and CEO of the High Fives Foundation walked into my hospital room to introduce himself and his Foundation to me and my wife, Heather. During that initial visit I became a High Fives Athlete, and our world changed forever.
Translation = High Fives stepped in and offered much needed advice (encouraging us to get me into Craig Hospital); emotional support (introducing us to the High Fives family of current and previous SCI (Spinal Cord Injury) families and financial support...through High Fives grants, they paid for my medical transportation from the Reno hospital to Craig hospital in Denver, CO. Through additional grants, I received massage and acupuncture treatments, and upon my return home to Lake Tahoe, I am receiving PT and therapy sessions at the CR Johnson Healing Center (part of High Five) 6 times a week. ALL of this has been made possible through High Fives. It's been incredible.
While my injury was certainly life-altering - our experience with the High Fives Foundation has been life-enlightening...they truly have gotten me back on my feet and put me in a position to work towards a FULL RECOVERY! We are forever grateful and eternally thankful.
Giving to this Charity is so easy, as they showcase the ways they support athletes in the action sports community through recovery and injury prevention. Give these guys a HIGH FIVE!
With the help of High Fives, 89 injured athletes have received funding for their recoveries. Their funding goes to rehab, massage therapy, acupuncture, home renovations or adaptive equipment. The most amazing part is the community that has been created by founder, Roy Tuscany.
I was injured in a skiing accident April 19, 2014. I fractured C4-C6 becoming a C6 quadriplegic. I also also fractured the transverse process of T8-T10 and dislocated and fractured my right hip. High Fives helped me get in to Craig Hospital where I made huge progress. High Fives has changed my life and the staff has been an amazing support system! I'm excited to see what the future holds and I wouldn't be where I am today without their support!
My name is Jasmin Bambur. In 2000, I was driving home after Team Handball practice and I crashed my car. I sustained several injuries including a broken back at T9, which resulted in paralysis of my lower extremities.
Today, I am an US Paralympic alpine ski racer. I have been racing for six years. For the last three years, High Fives foundation helped me pay for some major expenses during winter months. Thanks to their support, I am able to apply myself 100% on racing and not too worried about paying bills. I am currently ranked 8th in world in Super G and my goal is to be #1. All the people working at High Fives are super easy to work with. I am so fortunate to have such great organization like High Fives helping me live my life to the fullest and compete with the best in the world.
in 2004 I broke my back, leaving my paralyzed from the waist down. it was a few years afterwards when the high 5's came into my world and gave me the boost i needed to continue exploring a life of adventure and sport. they have given me the resources to be the best skier i can be, which is my true passion. they have also exposed me to other sports such as surfing and wake boarding. most importantly they have connected me with a variety of other people in similar situations, allowing us to share stories and experiences, moving forward in life.
i'm really impressed with how Roy, Steve and Adam have lead by example, in life and actions. Living a life of adventure and service, as well simply being all round great people.
In June of 2011, I broke my back and many other things in a rock climbing accident. I was in the hospital for three and a half months and had six surgeries. I am now paralyzed below the chest and a wheelchair user. I am a recipient of a grant from the High Fives Foundation for a season pass of skiing, personal training, and a trip to a ski camp in Colorado. The High Fives Foundation has contributed a huge amount to my recovery. A major source of my joy and connection comes from adaptive sports, specifically mono skiing, and High Fives has allowed me to take part in that fully. Adaptive sports equipment and lessons are expensive, especially on a fixed income, and it is important that these organizations exist to fill that gap. I am proud to be a High Fives Athlete, and have been nothing but impressed by every interaction I have had with them.
One morning while skiing in California, I broke my leg so badly I required an amputation below the knee. An old ski friend turned me on to the High Fives Foundation while I was immobile in bed. I've gone from almost nothing physically, to a strong, happy, functioning person again. My recovery has been tough, so tough in fact that I had given up all hope, and at my lowest point High Fives come along, picked me up and put me back on my two feet. They helped buy the prosthesis I now walk on, as well as pay for intense physical therapy, enabling me to walk and ride my mountain bike again. From where I was before High Fives to this very moment I can't tell you how far I've come. High Fives and a good surgical and rehabilitation team and you can do anything! Skiing and running are next for me. I'm not there yet, but I know the day will come when I'm skiing again and I can quietly tell myself I've made a full recovery. My name is Patrick Lonsdale and I'm High Fives Athelete #52.
High Five is simply an amazing foundation. I was given a grant that i was able to purchase my skibike with. My life is much more fulfilled riding my skibike and working on skibike advocacy for adaptive use. I can't describe enough how much High Fives helped me achieve my goals.
High Fives is an amazing organization. They give so much to those who have been injured in life altering accidents. I am proud to call these guys my friends and love spending my time volunteering for them.