Jack’s Ride, A Journey of Inspiration and Impact

In the spirit of overcoming challenges and making a difference in the lives of others, the High Fives Foundation proudly supported Jack Trottier on his remarkable handcycle ride from Massachusetts to Atlanta. What initially began as an ambitious idea turned into a journey that surpassed all expectations. The ride, which spanned over 1,200 miles and captured the hearts of many, has now reached its triumphant conclusion. Join us as we reflect on the incredible adventure of Jack’s ride, showcasing the resilience, support, and positive impact that unfolded along the way.

A Journey of Diversity and Discovery

Throughout the journey, Jack encountered a diverse range of people and places, each with its own unique character and charm. From the backroads that showcased the raw beauty of the countryside to the bustling cities that thrived with energy, every leg of the ride brought new experiences and perspectives. It was a voyage that allowed Jack to witness firsthand the rich tapestry of life in different corners of the country. The journey revealed how communities and individuals came together to support a common cause, leaving an indelible mark on Jack and all those who participated in his ride.

Support and Dedication

Undertaking a cross-country handcycle ride is no easy feat, and Jack’s success was made possible by the unwavering support and dedication of his family. As they moved from city to city, the logistical challenges were significant, but the collective determination and love carried them forward. The Shepherd Center, a renowned healthcare institution, played a crucial role in providing Jack with a warm welcome and support throughout his journey. Moreover, the High Fives Foundation, along with sponsors such as the Boston Red Sox, Numotion Foundation, Nordson Corporation, and Enterprise Bank, were instrumental in jumpstarting the campaign and ensuring its success. The overwhelming contributions and support from individuals and organizations have exceeded all expectations, making a tangible impact on the lives of those in need.

Exceeding Goals and Making a Difference

The generosity of donors and supporters has been nothing short of extraordinary. The initial fundraising goal was surpassed, ensuring that the adolescent program at the Shepherd Center receives the necessary resources to continue helping young individuals navigate the challenges of spinal cord injuries (SCI). The High Fives Foundation, known for empowering adaptive athletes and turning their dreams into reality, takes great pride in contributing to this worthy cause. The funds raised will support the adolescent program, providing vital assistance and improving the quality of life for those at the beginning of their journey to recovery.

Reflections and Gratitude

With more than a hundred hours spent on a handcycle, Jack had ample time for introspection and contemplation. The journey allowed him to appreciate the significance of his endeavor and the incredible support he received. Through the highs and lows, Jack was reminded of the indomitable spirit that resides within all of us. He expressed profound gratitude for the opportunity to embark on this transformative journey and for the support he received every step of the way. The impact made on individuals who need it the most is a testament to the power of unity and compassion.


Jack’s ride from Massachusetts to Atlanta will forever stand as a testament to human resilience and the collective strength of a community. Supported by the High Fives Foundation, Jack’s journey showcased the incredible diversity of our country while bringing people together for a common cause. The impact of the ride, both on Jack and the lives of those who will benefit from the funds raised, is immeasurable. It serves as a reminder that when individuals and organizations come together, they can achieve extraordinary things and create lasting change.