Meet #HighFivesAthlete Bond Camp (ATHLETE #70) from Haiku, HI

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

In March, 2018 Bond applied and received a grant for PT sessions and massage from a local Haiku, Hawaii healer named Diego Bohl along with a standing frame.

Bond was backcountry skiing south of Breckenridge in an area called Crystal Lakes. While skiing one of his best lines of the season, Bond caught an edge causing him to spin and take the impact directly on his upper back. The crash led to T2 and T3 fractures causing paralysis from the chest down. It also led to a broken left scapula, three broken ribs, and a punctured left lung.

BondSkiing
I used a standing frame at Craig Hospital, and upon discharge I had a very good understanding of the health benefits of standing daily, so I ordered leg braces. The braces are great, but require so much time getting in and out of them that I quickly fell off the routine of standing. I’m very excited to get vertical on a regular basis again!

Bond

The PT and massage will help Bond’s strength and flexibility so he can continue his active lifestyle, while the standing frame will help him get vertical on a regular basis. Bond is a regular surfer, biker and skier and plans to explore a number of other adaptive sports in the future.

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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