Meet #HighFivesAthlete Kailyn Forsberg (Athlete #80) from Eagle, CO
In June 2018, the High Fives Foundation disbursed $74,539.86 to 24 Athlete’s across North America.
Kailyn has received multiple grants form the High Fives Foundation to continue training at the PEAK Center at Craig Hospital, which is not covered by her insurance. In June she received a grant for $1,100 to attend an outdoor camp to be around other young people in nature.
Kailyn was on her second warm up run at the USASA Nationals at Copper Mountain slopestyle event, when she over rotated her standard backflip and landed too far down the transition. She landed on her neck and back and instantly lost feeling in her lower extremities. Kailyn immediately told the jump marshal and ski patrol responding that she had broken her neck.
When Kailyn arrived at the trauma center she and her family were told that she had a complete C7 spinal cord injury.
Kailyn's goal is to recover as much as medically possible and get back to doing the things she loves. Eventually she would like to become a safety advocate in the action-sports community.
The High Fives Foundation supports injured outdoor action 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 212 Athletes from 31 states in nine respective funding categories: Living expenses, insurance, travel, health, healing network, adaptive equipment, winter equipment, programs and “stoke” (positive energy, outlook and attitude).
MEET THE 24 ATHLETES ACROSS NORTH AMERICA!