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