(Truckee, California, November 3, 2016) — California’s High Fives Foundation is awarding Longmont resident Megan Wemmer an Empowerment Grant for a high performance cross country monoski to enable her to progress in adaptive skiing. Wemmer is in recovery from a life-altering injury she received in 2015.
While on a backcountry ski tour in the Arapahoe National Forrest with her boyfriend in February, Wemmer was searching for her glasses in the hut that they were staying the night in.
She went to climb up to the second floor when the ladder gave out causing her to fall directly on her back from 12 feet in the air. The impact left Wemmer unable to move her lower extremities, and her boyfriend immediately hiked out of the wilderness and sent a rescue team to extract her.
When she finally arrived at Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colorado, she was told that she had suffered a burst fracture at her L1 vertebrae and a dislocation of her t12 vertebrae leaving her completely paralyzed from the waist down.
Since her injury she has rehabbed very hard to condition her upper body so that she can remain as active as she was prior to her injury. She has recently started walking with adaptive devices. She continues to make a miraculous recovery.
“Megan has planned to get back to her cabin where she suffered her injury,” said Roy Tuscany, executive director of the High Fives Foundation “This KBG cross country ski rig will help her get there to accomplish her goal.”