Meet #HighFivesAthlete Rio Peterson (Athlete #205) from New Meadows, ID
In June 2018, the High Fives Foundation disbursed $74,539.86 to 24 Athlete’s across North America.
Rio received a $11,210.92 grant from the High Fives Foundation to be used toward personal training at Craig Hospital’s PEAK Center, along with costly monthly insurance payments.
This grant will help me by allowing to receive the best rehab possible in order to get back to doing what I love.
On becoming a #HighFivesAthlete, Rio stated
On April 2018, Rio Peterson sustained a burst fracture of his C5 vertebrae, as well as multiple other cervical fractures, in a ski accident at Squaw Valley in Northern California.
The injury occurred during a variable snow day at Squaw Valley. Rio was traversing under Headwall chairlift when he hit a bump. A combination of the variable snow and poor reaction caused him to eject from his skis. The ejection threw Rio head first into hard pack snow, causing his injury.
Rio’s ultimate goal is a complete recovery. Rio and his family are cognizant that as time progresses this goal may become a moving target. In that case, he and his family would like to get back to living a fulfilled life. Rio has completed his initial goal of rapidly weaning off the mechanical ventilator, and now he can focus on his fitness goals.
The High Fives Foundation supports injured outdoor action 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 212 Athletes from 31 states in nine respective funding categories: Living expenses, insurance, travel, health, healing network, adaptive equipment, winter equipment, programs and “stoke” (positive energy, outlook and attitude).
MEET THE 24 ATHLETES ACROSS NORTH AMERICA!