While riding the Siberia chair lift at Squaw Valley, Mike lost consciousness and fell 40 feet to the snow. He sustained a burst fracture of T9, which caused a complete spinal cord injury. Shortly after being care-flighted to Renown, Mike underwent 6 hours of surgery – laminectomies of T8 and T9 and spinal fusion from T5 to T12.
Mike’s recovery goals are total independence, improved confidence and self-esteem, advanced wheelchair skills, and eventually sit-skiing!
-Steve and Roy have been very close with Mike following his injury, assisting with resources, advice, etc. Mike and his wife attended the 2018 Silver Tie Gala in Reno, NV.
Renovations on his full house, 5-Pack of Ski Lessons at Achieve Tahoe = $600