Meet #HighFivesAthlete Quinn Brett from Estes Park, CO

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

In January 2018, Quinn received a grant from the High Fives Foundation to continue out patient therapy for three months at the PEAK Center at Craig Hospital – a facility at the forefront of spinal cord injury care and rehabilitation.

Quinn Brett took a 120 foot fall off the Boot Flake on El Capitan in Yosemite; a fall that could have easily been fatal. She cratered into Texas Flake and eventually landed in the space between El Cap and Texas Flake. Her rope never tightened. The impact shattered Quinn’s right scapula, broke 4 ribs, burst fractured her T12 vertebrae, and caused a small fracture to her L4.

When Quinn arrived at the hospital in agonizing pain, she was told that she had suffered a spinal cord injury and was paralyzed from the waist down.

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This grant will help me regain some muscle loss. It will also help me regain confidence in self and in performing daily functions. It will also assist with me feeling like I giving hope to my recovery.


Quinn was a professional rock climber and someone who was not that great at sitting still. Running, swimming, biking, even mini golf were things that she loved doing! She plans to get back to those activities amongst many others.

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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