Meet #HighFivesAthlete Skye Chaney from Hood River, OR

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

Skye received a grant from the High Fives Foundation to cover the cost of a wheelchair freewheel and power assist so that when he’s not training to accomplish his goals, he can navigate the hills of Hood River, OR not having to worry where he can and can’t go.

Skye was riding his mountain bike at Porcupine Rim out in Moab in October 2017. He had an amazing day up until one of the drops where he tapped his brakes, didn’t have enough speed and ended up going over the bars vertically landing on his head. The crash broke his back immediately upon impact. When he arrived at the medical center, he was told he broke his back at T-3/T-4, pinched his cord, broke 7 ribs and fractured his sternum.

Skye, a family-man, has very straight forward goals in his recovery.

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I want to get back to trekking jungle trails, mountain biking cross country, downhill and road biking through beautiful landscapes. I want to do everything with my daughters.


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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