Meet #HighFivesAthlete Sierra O’Leary (Athlete #196) from Fairlee, VT
In June 2018, the High Fives Foundation disbursed $74,539.86 to 24 Athlete’s across North America.
The High Fives Foundation provided Sierra with $3,000 to be used toward SCI specific personal training, along with travel costs to get back and forth from the facility. Sierra plans to put this setback in her rearview mirror, and High Fives is honored to play a part in her recovery.
While skiing with her brother in February 2017, Sierra O’Leary crashed and burst her L1 vertebra. Bone fragments impacted her spinal cord and she was instantly paralyzed. It took a 12-hour emergency surgery to repair her spine. Sierra is still currently paralyzed from the waist down.
Sierra wants to become as independent as she can be, while she trains at Journey Forward in Canton, MA. She is also applying for clinical trials at the University of Kentucky in Louisville to participate in their Neuro Recovery Network program.
High Fives means that I get the opportunity to be become active again and also the opportunity to go back to being an athlete. It is hard to adapt to a new body and High Fives helps the adaptation process by providing athletes new and exciting opportunities.
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!