Salt Lake City resident Jim Harris receives $1,975 Empowerment grant to undergo personal training at the PEAK Center in Englewood, Colo.
In November 2014, Jim Harris’ life changed dramatically following a ski accident in Punta Arenas, Chile. The crash found him with a back injury in an unfamiliar hospital in the South American country. Harris took a 19-hour flight to the University of Cincinnati Medical Center before transferring to the world renown spinal center at Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colo. Harris had fractured four vertebrae and was partially paralyzed from the chest down.
This March Empowerment grant for Jim Harris will provide him one-on-one personal training utilizing cutting edge technology by the specialized staff at the PEAK Center at Craig Hospital. This highly focused training program will help Jim in his goal to strengthen his legs, core and spine enough to walk again. Jim has already been making major steps towards his recovery. This past week he began walking unassisted for the first time since his accident
Jim Harris is an established writer and photographer in the action sports industry. His work has appeared in National Geographic, Powder, Backpacker, Men’s Journal and numerous other publications. Harris’ recent journey to Chile was to prepare for a month-long expedition in the region.