Meet #HighFivesAthlete Tyler McKenzie (Athlete #192) from Salt Lake City, UT
In June 2018, the High Fives Foundation disbursed $74,539.86 to 24 Athlete’s across North America.
Tyler is an accomplished skier and has many ties to the High Fives Foundation. He received a grant for $4,760 to be used toward physical therapy, occupational therapy, massage and acupuncture.
On Memorial day weekend 2017, things completely changed for Tyler McKenzie. After skiing down off the cirque at Snowbird to catch the last Tram of the day, Tyler and his friends were picking their way down the traverse, when a small wet slide put him off balance, carried him just off the trail and spun him around. In his periphery, Tyler saw that he was sliding toward a tree and exposed terrain that had been covered with snow all season. At that point, he turned his head/face from the tree and braced for impact.
The impact led to nerves from Tyler’s arm being removed from his spinal cord, leading to temporary paralysis in his arm.
Tyler recently spent time at the CR Johnson Healing Center working with Chris and Natalie – the genius behind the training at the CR Johnson Healing Center. He felt like he made gains, and has plans to spend periods of time training at the facility in the near future.
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!