Meet #HighFivesAthlete Luke Eckenberg (ATHLETE #65) From Truckee, CA

In March 2018, the High Fives Foundation disbursed $31,478.52 to 10 Athlete’s across North America.

In March, 2018 Luke applied and received a grant for acupuncture sessions at the CR Johnson Healing Center, medical equipment and some maintenance for his hand cycle.

In 2011, Luke overshot a snowboard jump, falling 20 feet directly onto his T-12 Vertebrae. He slowly recovered to become an incomplete paraplegic, paralyzed from mid thigh down. In 2016, Luke was in a car accident breaking 7 bones: Left tib/fib, right ulna, left radius and ulna, kneecap, sternum, ribs and some teeth.

Luke plans to spend the summer frequenting the amazing bike trails around Tahoe, and the acupuncture will keep him in shape, while the bike maintenance and repairs will make sure that his vessel is in tip-top shape. Luke is looking forward to warm sunny Tahoe days in the future!

Acupuncture has helped in many ways. All this stress on my body has led to health issues. When I go in to see Kyle (CR Johnson Healing Center), he often has an intuitive sense about what is wrong before my other doctors. I don’t know where I’d be without acupuncture.


Luke has experienced many gains in his recovery since starting acupuncture immediately following his recovery.

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 194 Athletes from 31 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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