Inspirational Athlete: Mark Flounlacker Skis Sugarbush Resort
The High Fives Foundation’s Winter Empowerment Fund provided three exciting days of ski lessons at Vermont Adaptive Ski and Sports (Warren, VT) for Mark Flounlacker from February 28 to March 2, 2013. Additionally, the fund also provided Mark of Ocean City, MD with winter equipment (Sorel boots, Smith Optics helmet and goggles, jacket, pants, gloves), travel funding and video funding. The first time skier quickly picked up the sport and now, with the help of the High Fives Foundation has a new dream to pursue in the winter sports community.
Mark first discovered the High Fives Foundation when he was doing research on the internet after his injury. He found Roy Tuscany (Co-Founder and President of the High Fives Foundation)s 5 Year Redemption video and became inspired to begin skiing. Watch the video of Mark skiing for the first time: vimeo.com/61832095 and learn how the power of positivity can change lives.
In December 2011, Mark Flounlacker fell while climbing down from his deer stand and suffered a fracture dislocation of his T12 vertebra. His initial prognosis was that he would likely never walk again. Mark is blessed with a devoted wife and an extraordinary support network of family and friends to help him. He enrolled in and finished his final semester at Salisbury University and walked the stage at graduation in May using a walker. Now, Mark plans utilize his new skill set in skiing to further his rehab and hopes to promote the benefits of sports and outdoor recreation for the disabled.
Learn more about Vermont Adaptive Ski & Sports: vermontadaptive.org