Meet #HighFivesAthlete Megan Wemmer from Longmont, CO

In January 2018, the High Fives Foundation disbursed $30,678.00 in grant funding to 10 Athletes across the country.

Megan received a January grant to continue working at Craig Hospital’s PEAK Center so she can continue to build the strength to accomplish the inspiring goal.

While on a backcountry ski tour in the Arapahoe National Forrest with her boyfriend in February 2016, Megan was searching for her glasses in the hut that they were staying the night in. Megan 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 Megan unable to move her lower extremities, and her boyfriend immediately hiked out of the wilderness and sent a rescue team to extract the 33 year-old.

When Megan finally arrived at Craig Hospital in Englewood, CO, 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. 

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Megan is VERY goal oriented and really wants to complete the backcountry trip that her and her boyfriend were on during the time of her accident. 

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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 188 athletes from 32 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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