San Bruno, Calf. resident receives support from the Tahoe-based High Fives Foundation following life-altering injury

The High Fives Foundation is awarding San Bruno, Calif. resident Kevin Cheung a board-approved Empowerment Grant totaling $3,597.50 to aid in his recovery.

On March 7, 2015, Kevin Cheung over-rotated a backflip while overshooting a jump at Squaw Valley’s Gold Coast Terrain Park. The impact upon landing resulted in burst fractures to Cheung’s C1, C5, T4, T5, T6 vertebrae, causing paralysis from the neck down. Since his injury, Cheung has attended rehab at Craig Hospital and a number of Bay Area facilities around his home in San Bruno, Calif.

The February board-approved Empowerment Grant will provide Cheung with the opportunity to continue physical therapy at Stanford Hospital, More Physical Therapy and Neofect, USA.


“Kevin is making a great recovery,” said Roy Tuscany, High Fives Foundation Executive Director. “It is directly based on his inspiring work ethic and positive attitude.”

The High Fives Foundation supports injured mountain sports athletes through grant funding to be used towards reaching their recovery goals. Since the High Fives Foundation’s January 2009 inception, the Empowerment program service has assisted 146 athletes from 27 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 January 2017 the High Fives Foundation disbursed $33,002.50 in board-approved grants to 10 athletes in 5 states.

About the High Fives Foundation: The High Fives Foundation is a Tahoe-based, national 501.c.3 non-profit organization. The High Fives Foundation supports the dreams of mountain action sports athletes by raising injury prevention awareness while providing resources and inspiration to those who suffer life-altering injuries. Formed as a way to “pay-it-forward” by the founder from his own recovery to help injured athletes, the Foundation has helped 146 athletes to date since its inception in 2009. For more information visit www.highfivesfoundation.org

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