Meet #HighFivesAthlete Jason Abraham from Alpine Meadows, CA
In January 2018, the High Fives Foundation disbursed $30,678.00 in grant funding to 10 Athletes across the country.
Jason recently received a ReActive Adaptations mountain bike and has already ridden the trails multiple times with his son. He plans to take what he has gained from personal training and massage to the ski mountain very soon.
Jason was skiing at Squaw Valley with some locals on one of the only powder days of 2015. Jason was taking photos of the skiers when he decided he’d take a free ski run on Main Chute on the Palisades. After entering the chute, Jason picked up speed quick and came out of the run with a lot of speed. Toward the bottom of Main Chute Jason caught an edge and was projected onto his back. The impact resulted in a burst fractured C6 vertebrae causing temporary paralysis from the shoulders down.
Jason’s goal is to get back to enjoying Tahoe the way he did before his accident. Jason has a 7-year-old son named Ebbett, and his long-term goal is to ski with his son on a regular basis again.
While working on the media team at Squaw Valley, Jason finds time to work tirelessly with C.R. Johnson Healing Center trainer Chris Cloyd. He also pairs the training with massage from Karen Stubbs, long time therapist at the facility.
Massage is incredibly important to add to my weekly workout routine. It prepares my body for the next exercise session.
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 188 athletes from 32 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).
Meet the 10 Athletes across the country!