Just before heading off to college at Humboldt State University, I decided to try a 30ft step up jump on my mountain bike in San Diego. I have been working on a jump line near my house and someone came along and built the last jump much bigger. I went for it, Over shooting it and going over the handlebars sustaining a C3 complete SCI.
“Now that I have passed the one-year mark, I believe getting back to doing good things I used to do before my accident is very important and will help me not only get stronger but also improve my mental state. The ocean has always been my safe spot so that’s the sport I leaned to first. Over summer I have been able to go out with a couple local organizations but now with this grant, I will be able to get my own adaptive surfboard to allow for my family and I to go on our own.“
High Fives has provided:
$4,000 NeuroRehab, Challenge Center, LocoMotor Training
$1,700 for an Adaptive Surfboard
Cycle 1 2022 – $3,500 towards Healing Network
“In the early stages of recovery I believe nothing is more important than therapy work. As of now I am not able to start with adaptive sports so physical therapy is what is keeping me active throughout these early months. It also boosts my confidence and mental state as I strive to be the best I can.“
– #HighFivesAthlete, Alex Uppenkamp