Three High Fives Athletes Connect at Craig Hospital!
The High Fives Foundation currently has two Winter Empowerment athletes attending in-patient rehab at the state of the art Colorado facility, Craig Hospital. Jeff Andrews of Truckee, CA and Jocelyn Judd of Randle, WA were both involved in end of the season ski accidents resulting in spinal cord injuries. The two have been working tremendously hard at Craig Hospital, and are on the road to recovery.
Upon hearing that Jocelyn and Jeff were attending Craig Hospital, Winter Empowerment Athlete Sally Francklyn reached out to the High Fives Foundation to see if it was possible to schedule a visit. When all parties schedules were figured out, the three athletes were able to all meet up this past Friday to share some stories, laughter and high fives.
View the photo gallery from Sally’s visit to Craig Hospital!
Hearing about the organization through the ski industry, Jocelyn Judd reached out to the High Fives Foundation on April 29, 2014 from the ICU at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center following her April 19, 2014 ski injury sustained at Grand Targhee Resort in Alta, WY. Jocelyn suffered paralysis at the C5 vertebra level along with dislocating and fracturing her right hip after over-rotating a backflip on her last run of the season at the Wyoming ski resort.
The Judd Family, working along side social workers, were told by Jocelyn’s insurance company that only 22 days of physical therapy would be covered by her plan. This left the Judd Family less than optimistic in Jocelyn’s admission to the world renown Spinal Center, Craig Hospital in Englewood, CO. Upon hearing this news, the High Fives Foundation contacted Craig Hospital, negotiated a deal and provided a Board approved grant for $25,000 to be used toward the admissions deposit.
Learn more about Jocelyn via her Winter Empowerment page.
Sally Francklyn is a ski patroller with 10 years experience, as well as a recognized expert on social media, public relations, and online editing for major ski industry clients. After taking an 850 foot fall on “Once is Enough” in the Jackson backcountry. Sally found her life had changed radically. After suffering a closed head fracture with TBI, back, neck and ankle injuries, Sally emerged from a 2 week coma to enter the world of rehabilitation.
Sally has now re-entered the work force and is active once again in the world of social media and is also enjoying various public speaking engagements!
Learn more about Sally via her Winter Empowerment page.
Jeff Andrews suffered a C6 burst fracture with associated spinal cord injury and transverse process fractures at the L1, L2, and L3 levels, resulting in quadriplegia at the C5-C7 level in a snowboarding accident that occurred at Sugar Bowl Resort in Norden, CA on March 15, 2014. Jeff’s goal is to become as independent as his condition will permit and return to the most active lifestyle possible. Jeff is currently adjusting to the adversity with an infectious smile and positive attitude.
In April 2014 Jeff received a Board approved grant for $1,363.41 to be used toward massage and acupuncture at Craig Hospital (Englewood, CO) and a 6 month supply of healing supplements – all items not covered by his insurance carrier.
Learn more about Jeff via his Winter Empowerment page.