The First Grant Cycle of 2020; Donor dollars giving the gift of recovery.
As a non-profit, we feel the weight of asking so much of our supporters. But when the end of our quarterly grant cycles roll around, that weight is lifted when we can report exactly how your donations serve our Ohana of High Fives Athletes.
The January grant cycle sees 42 individuals who received funding through the organization, totaling $126,955. That’s a big deal. It shows how far we have come as a Foundation and the amazing support we have from people all around the world.
Allow us to get granular with who received contributions:
- 42 individuals who have suffered from a life-changing injury resulting from an outdoor action sport received a portion of the funds.
- Out of those 42, 21 athletes are new to High Fives and 21 are recurring.
- Also out of the 42 individuals, three are veterans.
The athletes who received help from this round of funding are from across North America including 21 athletes from the West Coast states of the U.S., 8 from Central states, 11 from the East Coast, and two from Canada.
Our athletes collectively received 15 pieces of adaptive equipment like wheelchairs, tennis wheelchairs, bikes, and mono-skis. Furthermore, 20 individuals received Healing Network funds like personal training, massage, acupuncture, and laser treatment and lastly, 2 individuals received help paying off insurance costs.
- Maxwell Alquist – $2,850 Tennis Wheelchair
- Max Elles – $3,200 Personal Training, Chinese Medicine Sessions
- James Hustead – $2,500 SCI Fit
- Grayson Luther – $3,000 Personal Training/ Massage
- Alex Uppenkamp – $4,000 NeuroRehab, Challenge Center, LocoMotor Training
- Tyler Wano – $1,500 Adaptive Ski Lessons
- Jordan Anderson – $4,800 Adapt Function Movement Gym, Insurance
- Chris Barkley – $3,550 Turning System, Hand Grip Aids, Golf Club Grips
- Bill Travers – $800 Adaptive Ski Lessons
- Rod Alavi – $2,500 SCI Fit
- Dennis Kuczynski – $4,000 *partial payment* Recumbent Bike
- CJ Revtai – $1,125 Adaptive Ski Lessons
- Ryan McLaren – $5,050 Forearm Crutches, Rowe Machine, Personal Training, Massage Therapy, LocoMotor Training
- Heather Galeotalanza – $3,200 Sit Ski Frame, Seat, Binding Plate, Poles, Ski
- JP Middleton – $5,500 Nissin Monoski
- Rio Peterson – $6,500 Adaptive Ski Lessons, NeuAbility Sessions
- Mia Gonzalez – $3,750 TiLite Series 3 Wheelchair, FreeWheel Attachment
- Elizabeth Ragan – $2,500 Physical Therapy
- Chris Bruha – $750 Adaptive Ski Lessons
- Katie Combaluzier – $5,500 Nissin Monoski
- Robert Knab – $5,000 *partial payment* Bowhead Corps MTB
- Candy Dungan – $3,120 Acupuncture Sessions
- Seth McBride – $1,500 Adaptive Lessons and Hotel Stay
- Matt Leonard – $2,620 Adaptive Lessons and Hotel Stay
- Ajay Shenoy – $3,850 Functional Integrated Therapy, Acupuncture, Adaptive Ski Lessons
- Tyler Mckenzie – $880 Neuroworks Therapy
- Jason Abraham – $3,000 Wheelchair
- Joshua Preece – $2,500 Sessions at Project Walk
- Jack Racicot – $1,000 Cognitive Computer Games, Winter Clothing, Outdoor Activities
- Edwin Munoz – $1,600 Adaptive Ski Lessons and Hotel Stay
- Todd Brownell – $3,000 Massage, Laser, Acupuncture
- Dillon McHugh – $3,000 Sessions at Project Walk
- Matt Melancon – $1,500 Custom Snowboard Boots, Coaching Fees
- Sam Summers – $5,500 Nissin Monoski
- Bryan Noonan – $3,185 Insurance, Adaptive Ski Lessons
- David Wiener – $2,500 Sessions at Project Walk
- Mike Pingatore – $1,500 Adaptive Surf Competition Fees
- Thomas Counihan – $1,500 Adaptive Surf Competition Fees
- Dan Soller – $2,400 Home Renovations, Gym Membership, Personal Training
- Drew McPherson – $4,500 *partial funding* JEETrike Adaptive Bike
- Erin Martin – $5,225 Sit Ski, Frame, Bindings, Skis
- Kyle Richardson – $1,500 Adaptive Surf Competition Fees
To these individuals, this money is life-changing. Not only do these funds get them the gear they need to be active again, but it also goes towards building a healthy mindset.
This Empowerment Grant means that I can still pursue high school athletics and enjoy the spirit of competition again. It gives me the confidence and inspiration to reestablish and find new interests on my own and as a member of the HighFives Community. It also gives me a reason to keep fighting, because others are fighting for me.
Maxwell Ahlquist | High Fives Athlete
High Fives Foundation calls its granting program the Empowerment Fund, and for good reason. The Empowerment Fund has many levels in how it helps those who have suffered from life-changing injuries which are defined as:
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Other Mobility-Limiting Injuries
Many of our athletes who have suffered from these kinds of injuries are left paralyzed or quadriplegic; some need to learn how to use adaptive equipment and how to live life in a wheelchair. Others need motivation and a community to help them move forward. Others need guidance with pain management, help with over-whelming medical bills, rehabilitation, and so much more.
The resources and inspiration we provide can be organized into nine funding categories:
- Living Expenses / Home Modifications
- High Fives Healing Network (Rehabilitation Cost)
- Adaptive Equipment
- Winter and Summer Equipment
- “Stoke” (positive energy, outlook, attitude)
While the High Fives Foundation focuses on preventing injuries before they happen, particularly with awareness campaigns targeted toward young athletes, we also provide resources, equipment, and hope for when accidents do happen.
A life-changing injury is a scary event, but there is light at the end of the tunnel. As the safety net of the outdoor sports community, that’s what the High Fives Foundation and all our incredible supporters help provide.
From the bottom of all of our hearts, the Foundation’s and every single one of our athletes, thank you. Your generosity, kindness, and donations as a supporter do not go unnoticed and are never under-appreciated.