Three West Coast #HighFivesAtheltes, NOLAN TROWE, Conrad Addison, and RICCI KILGORE, receive grant funding from the High Fives foundation in the month of September for a total of $21,950
Congratulations and High Five athletes! Read more about each of there recovery stories below.
CR Johnson Healing Center remains a one-stop shop for High Fives Athletes in recovery
Truckee man Nolan Trowe receives an Empowerment Grant for multiple treatments from the High Fives Foundation
(Truckee, California, November 3, 2016) — The High Fives Foundation is awarding Truckee resident Nolan Trowe an Empowerment Grant with necessary sessions of acupuncture, massage at the CR Johnson Healing Center and physical therapy with SpineNevada in Reno, Nevada.
These therapies will assist him in the recovery from a spinal cord injury he received cliff jumping at Emerald Pools near Lake Tahoe in June of this year.
After lots of therapy and personal training, Trowe has started walking with assistance with the help of Head Trainer Jack Powell at the CR Johnson Healing Center.
“Nolan works out at the Healing Center every day towards his recovery,” said Roy Tuscany, executive director of the High Fives Foundation. “This kind of determination is absolutely necessary, and I can tell he’s going to continue making impressive gains in his recovery.”
“My long term goal is to walk as close to normal again,” Said Trowe. “I would also like to help counsel people who have similar injuries to the one I sustained.”
(Truckee, California, November 3, 2016) — California’s High Fives Foundation is awarding Sammamish resident Conrad Addison an Empowerment Grant for twelve hours of physical therapy weekly at Pushing Boundaries to help in his recovery process from a life-altering injury he received in May of this year.
The injury occurred while Addison was mountain biking in Bellingham, Washington and went off of a platform jump. He went over his handlebars hitting his head. The impact paralyzed his arms and legs. He was stabilized at St. Joes in Bellingham; then was flown to Harborview due to the extent of his injuries.
He suffered a burst fracture of his C-4 and fractured his C-5 vertebrae leaving him in the ICU for 10 days. He is still currently in Harborview inpatient trauma rehab.
“My goals range from being able to eat a meal completely by myself to returning to the trails with my incredible wife and dog,” said Addison. “Every day I aim to get a little more movement and sensation with the hope that small miracles will lead to bigger ones.”
His physical therapy at Pushing Boundaries will reeducate his nervous system and muscles. He will work on muscle mass, strength building, endurance, and flexibility with a combination of repetitive movements, electro-stimulation and gait therapy to help him regain movement and function.
“Conrad has a long road to independence, and the High Fives Foundation can certainly help him and his family in this trying time,” said Roy Tuscany, executive director of the High Fives Foundation. Tuscany was injured in a ski accident in 2006. His recovery process catalyzed the development of the High Fives Foundation.
(Truckee, California, November 3, 2016) — Truckee’s High Fives Foundation is awarding Reno resident Ricci Kilgore an Empowerment Grant for a high-performance monoski to enable her to progress in adaptive skiing. Kilgore is in recovery from a life-altering injury she received in 2000.
An amazing athlete, Kilgore received a full scholarship to Idaho State University for track and field. Her sport was pole-vaulting. She was in a van with her team driving home from a track meet when the crew came across some black ice causing the van spin out of control. Kilgore was in the passenger seat with her seat belt on and the seat semi reclined.
The seat belt failed, and she was thrown 60 feet to oncoming traffic. The impact caused her to sustain a spinal cord injury, and she was told she would never walk or have children.
In March this year, Kilgore was invited to a US Olympic Committee adaptive race camp held at Alpine Meadows and hosted by the High Fives Foundation. Kilgore excelled in the camp and was invited to Loon Mountain to compete in the US Nationals for adaptive slalom and GS. She took second place.
“My goal is to inspire and ingrain hope to newly injured athletes,” Kilgore said. “And I want to get a spot on the 2018 US disabled alpine ski team.”
This grant from the High Fives Foundation is going to help her with this goal.
Her new monoski from Hands On Concepts is a high-performance ski that will provide her racing success and enjoyment on the slopes at Mount Rose.
“We were so glad to meet Ricci at the race camp last winter. She’s an extraordinary athlete,” said Roy Tuscany, executive director at the High Fives Foundation. “She’s capable of some great things as an athlete and as a person, and we’re glad we can be part of it.”
Kilgore was part of the US Alpine Skiing adaptive team in 2008 and 2010.