Access to My | Ryan Bodine

High Fives Provides me with My Access | Ryan Bodine


“Access To My” is a video series that allows High Fives to show donors and partners the direct impact and life-changing value that their support has on the High Fives Athletes and their families.

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High Fives is proud to be there to witness and provide the help and support for our athletes to do things that they may have not thought were ever possible.

Seeing an athlete go through a life-changing injury and have doubts about whether they will be able to pursue their passions and dreams is tough but seeing them come up with ideas and create goals that go towards a bigger picture of lifelong dreams is always incredible.

This is how High Fives has helped our great friend and Athlete Ryan Bodine achieve access to his dreams

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High Fives Foundation first met Ryan when Roy visited him just days after his injury occurred. Unfortunately, as Roy would learn from his visit, Ryan had broken his neck and suffered a severe spinal cord injury due to a snowboarding accident at Sugarbowl Resort on January 20th, 2020.

Roy would also learn that Ryan was uncertain about his future and that the doctors had just given him a bleak 25 percent chance of ever walking again.

What none of us knew at the time but would all get to know very well is that Ryan is a tenacious kid and he wasn’t just going to roll over and accept these low odds. On day three of his accident, some movement began to return and the improvement continued to roll in like the waves he would soon be riding again. After being flown from Reno to Santa Clara Valley Medical Center, Ryan fully immersed himself in his recovery. Six days a week he would spend all day in therapy, working his hardest to get every muscle back under his control. Doctors and Physical therapists grinned from ear to ear as they began to see more muscles flicker and begin to listen. Each flicker was worked and worked by Bodine as it gradually became stronger. A flicker of a muscle soon became a small movement and then a bigger one.

Ryan left the hospital already having exceeded all expectations anyone could have set for him, but for Ryan, he was far from done. He left the hospital walking with braces and crutches but after only ten days home he threw those out and began to walk without the help of any mobility devices. The short walks that felt like the most challenging feats when Ryan first got home got easier as he continued to do them day after day. Once he was comfortably walking longer distances again, he knew what was next. It was time to return to the waves.

The same work ethic Ryan put forward to prove his doctors wrong by moving his fingers in the hospital bed is what returned him to sliding on snow. He was able to return to snowboarding the first winter after his accident. He set the goal to rock climb again and only a year and a half after his accident he climbed the iconic Half Dome in Yosemite National park.  This last December Ryan took some time off of school in Hawaii to come to participate in High Five’s annual Maui surf trip and we are not sure he got out of the water the entire time we were there. It seemed like anytime you looked into the water you could see Ryan standing up and ripping waves.

We know that Ryan’s recovery was fully within him. The Bodine family instilled the work ethic and humility to continue to get up and do the work, this we know. It still is an unbelievable feat for such a young man to battle day in and day out. Ryan recently showed us this video that he received from his favorite athlete, Travis Rice, giving him some amazing advice and support and found ourselves wondering if maybe this encouragement was just enough of an extra push to help make this all possible for Ryan.

Thank you Travis for giving our good friend Ryan the extra push when he was in the darkest point in his life. The light you shed on his darkest days has been duplicated and grown tenfold. He now uses that same light to live his best life and show everyone else that nothing is impossible.

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