Part owner of Breckenridge’s Bivvi Hostel, Bond Camp, receives continued support towards his recovery from spinal cord injury

$1,250 Empowerment Grant from California’s High Fives Non-Profit Foundation will provide Camp with vital massage and yoga sessions

#highfivesathlete Bond Camp working hard towards his recovery goals. Photo courtesy Erica Segerberg

California- based mountain action sports non-profit High Fives Foundation is awarding 30-year-old Bond Camp an Empowerment Grant to help aid in his recovery from a life-altering injury. In January 2015, Camp was backcountry skiing south of Breckenridge Resort in an area called Crystal Lakes. While skiing one of his best lines of the season, he caught an edge, causing him to spin and crash onto his back. The impact led to T2 and T3 fractures, paralyzing him from from the chest down. The crash also broke his left scapula, three broken ribs, and a punctured left lung.

Since the injury, Camp has focused intensely on his recovery with inpatient rehab at  Craig Hospital and outpatient athlete at the PEAK center, both in Englewood, Colo. Most  recently he spent two weeks in August training at the CR Johnson Healing Center, and he attended the High Fives Surf Trip in Ventura, California. Camp is a part owner of the famous Breckenridge hostel, the Bivvi.

This October Empowerment Grant from the High Fives Foundation will go towards sessions of personal massage and yoga to help increase blood flow and mobility.

#GoPro shot of #HighFivesAthlete Bond Camp working out in the CR Johnson Healing Center
#GoPro shot of #HighFivesAthlete Bond Camp working out in the CR Johnson Healing Center w/ Jack the Trainer

“This grant will enable me to attend private adaptive yoga classes so that I can continue my practice.” said Camp. His short term goals are regaining flexibility and endurance.  The High Fives Foundation is a community that feeds me constant strength, Stoke, and confidence. It’s a brotherhood that I wasn’t expecting to gain from this injury. ”

“Bond is an absolutely amazing individual with such a positive outlook post injury,” said Roy Tuscany, High Fives Foundation Executive Director. “He’s come so far along in his recovery, and he’s doing the things like surfing and mountain biking, returning to the sports he loved before his accident”

Since the High Fives Foundation’s January 2009 inception, the Empowerment program service has assisted 91 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. The Foundation has exceeded this goal and has disbursed $339,209 in grant funding.

In the month of October the High Fives Foundation disbursed $6,582 in board-approved grants.

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