Truckee, Calif. resident receives support from Tahoe-based High Fives Foundation following life-altering injury
21-year-old Taylor Fiddyment receives an Empowerment Grant to aid in recovery
The High Fives Foundation is awarding Taylor Fiddyment a board-approved Empowerment Grant of $2,340 to afford her the opportunity to work with physical therapist and personal trainer as she continues her road to recovery.
Fiddyment was injured while riding a four-wheeler with friends in May 2011. Fiddyment’s goals have remained the same since entering the world of spinal cord injury recovery – to be the best person she can be, and spread joy and positivity to others. “My recovery goal is to be strong in body and mind,” said Fiddyment. “I want to make other people’s down days better.”
Fiddyment is a positive light in the Truckee-Tahoe community. She works at Tahoe Forest Hospital and helps people on a daily basis. She is the best representative the High Fives Foundation could ask for. “Taylor is a model High Fives Athlete,” said Roy Tuscany, High Fives Foundation Executive Director. “She’s positive, highly motivated, and we’re proud to support her in all of her goals.”
The High Fives Foundation supports injured mountain sports athletes through grant funding to be used towards reaching their recovery goals. Since the High Fives Foundation’s January 2009 inception, the Empowerment program service has assisted 104 athletes from 22 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).
In Quarter 1 of 2016 the High Fives Foundation disbursed $91,509 in board-approved grants to 19 athletes in 9 states.
About the High Fives Foundation: The High Fives Foundation is a Tahoe-based, national 501.c.3 non-profit organization. The High Fives Foundation supports the dreams of mountain action sports athletes by raising injury prevention awareness while providing resources and inspiration to those who suffer life-altering injuries. Formed as a way to “pay-it-forward” by the founder from his own recovery to help injured athletes, the Foundation has helped 104 athletes to date since its inception in 2009. For more information visit www.highfivesfoundation.org