Heather Galeotalanza

Heather Galeotalanza

United States of America
flag icon

Ski

location point icon

Tyngsboro, MA

I sustained a spinal cord injury in 2016 when I fell rock climbing. I was lead climbing at the time and the person who was belaying me made a mistake, causing a fall.

One of my goals has been to find a way to enjoy being outside again. A few years ago I discovered para Nordic skiing and biathlon. It was the first time I felt free since my injury. I was able to access trails and views that would otherwise be impossible. Now I am making lists of places I want to ski and dreaming about the possibilities ahead. For the past two years, I have been borrowing equipment from another organization and I will need to return it at the end of this year. The empowerment grant will provide me with funds for my own bucket, skis and poles which will help me continue skiing. Having my own gear will be huge in adding to my independence and ability to chase snow.

“Tuck and roll grandma.“

high fives badge

High Fives has provided:

$3,200 Sit Ski Frame, Seat, Binding Plate, Poles, Ski

Cycle 1 2022 – $3,500 towards Adaptive Equipment

Heather Galeotalanza

“I have a spinal cord injury and it has impacted every aspect of my life. The most difficult part is my loss of freedom; everything requires planning and specialized equipment in one form or another. Athletic endeavors are particularly challenging. Issues range from tracking down appropriate equipment to finding a car or mode of transportation that will fit you and your gear. And a friend or two to help you.“

– #HighFivesAthlete, Heather Galeotalanza

High Fives Athletes

Jason Dimartino

ADAPTIVE SPORT

Mountain Bike

Meet Jason

John Katsares

ADAPTIVE SPORT

Bike

Meet John

Neftali Mendoza

ADAPTIVE SPORT

Ski

Meet Neftali

Darius Johnson

ADAPTIVE SPORT

Ski

Meet Darius

Donovan Hollis

ADAPTIVE SPORT

Ski

Meet Donovan

Pam Barragan

ADAPTIVE SPORT

Ski

Meet Pam

Crystal Almeida

ADAPTIVE SPORT

Ski

Meet Crystal

Luis Rodriguez

ADAPTIVE SPORT

Ski

Meet Luis

Gustavo Gutierrez

ADAPTIVE SPORT

Ski

Meet Gustavo

Jose Machado

ADAPTIVE SPORT

Ski

Meet Jose