Introducing High Fives September 2020 Empowerment Grant recipients
High Fives is very proud to introduce everyone to these new Athletes that we will be supporting through their recovery and onto whatever goals and adventures that they can dream off.
Recovery and progression of one’s mind and body is a never-ending pursuit. These Athletes realize that setting goals and improving themselves is incredibly important. After one goal or adventure is complete you know that that goal is possible and find ways to become better with the experience and skill created.
High Fives believes that these 5 new Athletes and 5 existing athletes truly embody our values and will represent High Fives in amazing ways, and we cannot wait to see what they are able to accomplish.
September 2020 Empowerment Grant Recipients
Bryce Allard |C6-7
in 2018, Bryce was competing in Montana’s Big Sky State Games in Enduro mountain biking. It was his second run of the day when he went over his handlebars. Luckily, an off-duty nurse saw the accident happen and was able to jump into action and begin assessing his serious injury right away. This crash left Bryce with a C6-7 spinal cord injury.
“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination”
MAKO OFF-ROAD HANDCYCLE $2,000
Caitlin Connor |BK Amputee
Caitlin was involved in a motorcycle accident when an individual texting and driving t-boned her bike. On impact, Caitlin experienced a 75% amputation. When she arrived at the hospital, she was also informed that she was four-months pregnant. While Caitlin may have lost her leg, she gained a beautiful daughter.
“My adversity leads to my hope.”
CLIMBING EQUIPMENT $885
Hailey Griffin | SCI L5
Red Feather Lakes, CO
Hailey was involved in a rollover car accident nearly a year and a half ago. This accident shattered her L5 vertebrae, leaving her paralyzed from the knees down.
“She had been feeling it for a while now – that sense of awakening. There is a gentle rage simmering inside her, and it is getting stronger by the day. She will hold it close to her – she will nurture it and let it grow. She won’t let anyone take it away from her. It is her rocket fuel and finally, she is going places. She can feel it down to her very core – this is her time. She will not climb mountains – she will move them.” – Lang Leave
REACTIVE ADAPTATIONS STINGER TRIKE $2,000
Christian Bui | SCI L5
San Antonio, TX
Christian sustained multiple injuries including herniated disks and chronic pain from his years parachuting in the military.
“NEVER QUIT & ALWAYS DO WHAT YOU LOVE”
HPVELTECHNIK HANDCYCLE $2,000
Solomon Gebreous | SCI C4
SOLOMON WAS SKYDIVING WHEN HIS PARACHUTE DIDN’T OPEN PROPERLY. HE HIT THE GROUND HARD, BREAKING HIS C4 VERTEBRAE.
God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.
HEALTHLINE MEDICAL EQUIPMENT F5 BASE WHEELCHAIR $2,000
These new Centerally located Athletes will be welcomed to the High Fives Ohana by previous Athletes and September Grant recipients
Brad Baugh | SCI
“IF YOU’RE LIVING LIFE THE RIGHT WAY THERE’S NO TIME FOR ANYTHING ELSE
Epic Pass $500
Dan Soller | SCI
Grand Junction, C0
“BREAK BIKES AND NOT YOURSELF”
Jeremy P. McGhee Pro Resources Adaptive Mountain Trike $1,790
Grayson Luther | SCI
“SPEND A LITTLE MORE TIME TRYING TO MAKE SOMETHING OF YOURSELF AND A LITTLE LESS TIME TRYING TO IMPRESS PEOPLE” -THE BREAKFAST CLUB”
Rossignol E-Assist MTB $2,500 & Enabling Technologies Outriggers $500
Jared Logan Smith| SCI
“I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHO STRENGTHENS ME”
Melrose Rugby Chair $2,000