High Fives Foundation athlete Sally Francklyn receives grant to move to Truckee, Calif. to continue rehabilitation at the CR Johnson Healing Center

A High Fives Empowerment Grant will provide sessions of personal training to help in her recovery from her life-altering ski accident in 2012

#HighFivesAthletes Sally Francklyn, Jim Harris, Eric Zerrenner & Tim Burr along w/ High Fives Founder Roy Tuscany & High Fives grant writer Luka Starmer
In March 2012, Sally Francklyn’s life changed dramatically following a slide in the Jackson, Wyo. backcountry. The slide pushed Sally into a rock field and left her with a closed head fracture leading to a traumatic brain injury (TBI), back, neck and ankle injuries. Sally emerged from a coma two-weeks after the incident to enter the world of rehabilitation. This is where the High Fives Foundation came in. They have provided grants for cognitive training and other rehabilitative treatments for 27-year-old Francklyn in her home of Denver, Colo.
#HighFivesAthlete Sally Francklyn

Now, thanks to a Board-approved Empowerment Grant, she’s relocating to Truckee, Calif. to continue her rehabilitation at the CR Johnson Healing Center.

The CR Johnson Healing Center is a program service of the High Fives Foundation located at 10775 Pioneer Trail, #108 in Truckee, Calif. It is a 2,400 sq/ft training facility providing resources for athletes in recovery from life-altering and sport related injuries. Resources include: physical therapy, acupuncture, Neru Kinetic Pilates, massage, active release techniques, restorative stretching, personal training and more. The Healing Center attracts over 250 visits monthly from High Fives Athletes and community members. An emerging trend for 2015 is the number of High Fives Athletes who have moved to Lake Tahoe to continue their rehabilitation there.

In the year 2015, eight of the 89 High Fives Athletes will have moved or made an extended visit to work at the CR Johnson Healing Center.

“We’re so happy to have Sally around the office as she works on her recovery,” said Roy Tuscany, Executive Director of the High Fives Foundation. “Sally’s still having some trouble with her balance, and that’s what she will focus on improving here.”

“Because of their experience and skill working with athletes with neurological challenges, I am hopeful they can help me break through some of the plateaus that are keeping me from improving more rapidly,” said Francklyn.

Since the High Fives Foundation’s January 2009 inception, the Empowerment Program Service has assisted 89 athletes from 20 states in nine respective funding categories which include: living expenses, insurance, travel, health, healing network, adaptive equipment, winter equipment, programs and stoke (positive energy, outlook and attitude).

In 2015, the High Fives Foundation set a budget of disbursing $266,000 via board-approved grants through the Empowerment Fund. Since January, the Foundation has disbursed approximately $310,000 to 30 athletes, three organizations and three High Fives Foundation-hosted adaptive sports camps.

In the month of September the High Fives Foundation disbursed $24,261 in Board-approved grants to eight High Fives Athletes.

September Empowerment Athletes:  

Lindsay Runkel from Westport, Conn.
Keith Gabel from Salt Lake City, Utah.
Kevin Cheung from San Bruno, Calif.
Nick Fairall from Andover, NH.
Sally Franklin from Denver, Colo.
Andrew Kurka from Homer, Alaska.
Landon McGauley from Quesnel, BC.
Brandon Pitzer from Portland, OR.

About the High Fives Non-Profit Foundation: High Fives Foundation is a Tahoe-based, national 501.c.3 non-profit organization supporting the dreams of mountain action sports athletes by raising injury prevention awareness while providing resources and inspiration to those who suffer life-altering injuries. Formed as a way to “pay-it-forward” by the founder from his own recovery to help injured athletes, the Foundation has helped 89 athletes to date since its inception in 2009, more information visit www.highfivesfoundation.org.

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