Meet #HighFivesAthlete Kailyn Forsberg from Eagle, CO

In January 2018, the High Fives Foundation disbursed $30,678.00 in grant funding to 10 Athletes across the country.

Kailyn received a grant for continued outpatient therapy at Craig’s PEAK Center so she can continue on her positive recovery path.

Kailyn was on her second warm up lap for USASA Nationals at a Copper Mountain slopestyle ski event, when she over rotated a backflip and landed too far down the transition. Kailyn landed on her neck and back and instantly lost feeling in her lower extremities. She immediately told the jump marshal and ski patrol that she broke her neck. When Kailyn arrived at the trauma center she and her family were told that she had a complete C7 spinal cord injury.


High Fives Foundation was introduced to Kailyn immediately following her injury when she was still an inpatient at Craig Hospital in Englewood, CO. Since the initial meeting the Foundation has assisted Kailyn in her recovery.

Kailyn Forsberg returns to skiing at Winter Park

Right now Kailyn is focusing on her recovery, school and living life as a teenager, but she eventually would like to become a safety advocate in the action-sports community.

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).

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