Meet #HighFivesAthlete Austin Hunt (ATHLETE #190) from Jeffersonville, VT

In March 2018, the High Fives Foundation disbursed $31,478.52 to 10 Athlete’s across North America.

In March, 2018 Austin applied for and received a grant for neuro physical therapy sessions, massage sessions, acupuncture sessions and a recumbent bike to help with his ongoing recovery.

Austin severely fractured his C4 vertebrae during a downhill skiing accident at Jackson Hole Mountain Resort in Jackson, WY. He also had a partially dissected vertibral artery that closed off. The artery then opened up and caused a PICA stroke which left him with additional paralysis in his right side. The stroke also caused double vision and impaired hearing in his right side.

In March, 2018 Austin applied for and received a grant for neuro physical therapy sessions, massage sessions, acupuncture sessions and a recumbent bike to help with his ongoing recovery.

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I’m grateful to have High Fives help me to cover costs of modalities and programs that are not covered by insurance in order to reach my goals.

Austin

Austin was an accomplished skier prior to his injury and plans to work tirelessly on his recovery so that he can get back to the mountains. The PT sessions will increase strength and flexibility, while the massage and acupuncture will promote healing and prepare him for his next training session. The recumbent bike will allow his to train in between sessions in his own home.

The High Fives Foundation supports injured outdoor sports Athletes through grant funding to be used towards reaching their recovery goals. Since the Foundation’s January 2009 inception, the Empowerment Program Service has assisted 194 Athletes from 31 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).

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