Introducing High Fives Quarter 2, 2021 Empowerment Grant Recipients
High Fives is very proud to introduce our readers to these new Athletes that we will be supporting throughout their recovery and into all of the goals and adventures they can dream of.
Recovery and progression of one’s mind and body is a never-ending pursuit. These Athletes recognize this, and realize that setting goals and improving daily is incredibly important. After one goal or adventure is complete, each Athlete learns that the goal is possible and find new ways to become better with the experience and skill created.
Quarter 2 2021 Empowerment Grant Recipients
Adrien Costa | Amputation
While on approach to a technical climbing objective on Mt. Conness, near Yosemite, Adrien was involved in an accident that would change his life forever. He was planning to solo on the route and decided to take a shortcut around a boulder field. One step shook loose a massive block and pinned his leg beneath it. This resulted in an above-knee amputation.
Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” -Viktor Frankl
$2,920 – adaptive climbing equipment
Alina Petrik | TBI, Life-Changing Injuries
A seemingly routine morning of speed flying in Utah quickly turned into a life-flight emergency to the nearest hospital. While attempting a maneuver close to the ground, a miscalculation sent Alina spiraling and ultimately crashing to the ground.
“Let go or get dragged”
$6,000 – Healing Networks
John Buchi | SCI C6
John was riding his mountain bike when he attempted an endo. He crashed and landed on a rock on the right side of his head. His helmet was entirely cracked.
Every adversity, every failure, every heartache carries with it the seed of an equal or greater benefit
$7,800 – Ice full fat recumbent trike
Mark Wilbourne | SCI C7
Las Vegas, NV
In 2019, in his senior year of high school, Mark was training for an Ironman triathlon. On a training ride, Mark lost control, and crashed into a car. This resulted in a C7 spinal cord injury.
“Tragedy will come, but it’s not okay to lose hope.”
$7,400 – Sit Ski and Outriggers
Mathew Andrew | SCI C7
Nanaimo, BC, Canada
Mountain biking and snowboarding had been Mat’s escape for the last 30 years. While mountain biking in October of 2020, a jump gone wrong resulted in a C7 cervical spinal cord injury.
“Do what you love”
$10,000 – Adaptive Equipment
Matt MacKay | SCI T11
Calgary, AB, Canada
In July of 2018, Matt was mountain biking in Fernie, BC like any other day. On this day, after coming around a corner, he bounced off his bike and flew back first into a big cedar tree. This impact dislocated his T11-12 vertebrae and resulted in a T10 spinal cord injury.
“If you don’t fall down, you’re not pushing yourself hard enough.”
$10,000 towards a Sport-On Explorer handcycle
Nick Harris | SCI C4
In June of 2014, Nick was at a lake near his hometown of Sonora, CA, swimming with some friends. He dove into the water the same way he had a million times in the past, however, due to the ongoing drought. The lake had been slowly dropping and when he hit the water this time, he dove straight into a shallow sand bar that was just a few feet below the surface.
Strength does not come from the physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.” ~ Gandhi
$9,000 for a Batec Wheelchair mount
Nicole Palladino | SCI T5
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada
While mountain biking in Costa Rica Nicole fell off a cliff she was biking near. This fall left her with many injuries, including a T5 spinal cord injury.
“When you change the way you look at things, what you are looking at changes”
$10,000 towards a JeeTrike
These new Athletes are welcomed to the High Fives Ohana by previous Athletes!
Chris Baker | TBI
LIFE IS NOT A JOURNEY TO THE GRAVE WITH THE INTENTION TO ARRIVE SAFELY IN A PRETTY AND WELL-PRESERVED BODY, BUT RATHER TO SKID IN BROADSIDE, THOROUGHLY USED UP, TOTALLY WORN OUT, AND LOUDLY PROCLAIMING: WOW!! WHAT A RIDE!“
Healing Network – $3,000
Kasey Aiello | SCI
Calgary, AB, Canada
“EVERYDAY IN EVERY WAY, I’M GETTING BETTER AND BETTER.“
Healing Network – $1,950
Tyler Turner | Amputation
Calgary, AB, Canada
“BUY THE TICKET, TAKE THE RIDE.“
Adaptive Equipment – $7,000