Meet #HighFivesAthlete Tyler McKenzie (ATHLETE #192) from Salt Lake City, UT

In March 2018, the High Fives Foundation disbursed $31,478.52 to 10 Athlete’s across North America.

In March, 2018 Tyler applied for and received PT sessions from Neuroworx, a neuro-specific rehab facility in the Salt Lake City Area.

On Memorial day weekend 2017, things completely changed for Tyler McKenzie. After hustling 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 carrying him just off the trail, and spinning him around. In his periphery Tyler saw himself headed straight for a tree and exposed terrain that had once been covered with snow all season. At that point, he turned his head/face away from the tree and braced for impact.

The impact led to nerves from Tyler’s arm being removed from his spinal cord, causing temporary paralysis in his arm.

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The generosity of the High Fives Foundation will help me begin working with Neuroworx. Neuroworx will provide aggressive physical therapy and neurorehabilitation for my left arm, hand and shoulder. This opportunity also provides a community and support structure that can help me navigate the trials ahead.

Tyler McKenzie

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 194 Athletes from 31 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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