“On April 29, 2006 I suffered a devastating spinal cord injury while training in Mammoth Mountain, CA, rendering my lower body paralyzed immediately after the accident. After having high hopes of becoming a world class professional skier, I then had to relearn everything in my life from the ground up. A truly life-altering experience, I eventually began making great progress. With the help of strong personalities, positivity, and high fives all around me, I stepped into skis and loaded the lift at Sugar Bowl for the first time in March of 2008. The encouragement and positivity I received during my recovery inspired me to start a foundation to help others with similar experiences.
We have not only grown at a rate that exceeded all expectations, but have also successfully raised funds, secured alternative treatments and aided in recovery for athletes across the country. It is a dream come true to help these people and many more. With that in mind it is the mission of High Fives to continue to grow and become an organization that effectively acts as an umbrella for those that participate (and get hurt) in the sports we love so dearly.”