Meet #HighFivesAthlete Max Elles (ATHLETE #38) from Killington, VT

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

In March, 2018 Max applied and received a grant for PT sessions with the Vermont trainer Wayne Burwell, acupuncture from Dr. Lu and a gas card so that he can get back and forth to his treatments.

As result of a collision with a snow buried water bar at Killington Resort in Vermont, Max suffered 80% cord compression and a burst fracture of his L1 and T12 vertebras. He has a 5-vertebra fusion that limits mobility and has effected nerve connections to his lower extremities.

Max is very excited to continue his recovery path with Wayne from Wayne’s World.

Wayne’s World is a small gym where I am comfortable working out. I have a personalized program that is constantly monitored and updated given my progress and abilities. Sometimes we come across an exercise that don’t work well with my spinal cord injury, but Wayne is creative in helping me find modified exercises that are helping me achieve my goal of improving my weight distribution over my toes.


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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