High Fives Foundation, a new partner to one of my favorite collaborative movements, Mountain Rider’s Alliance, is a source of love, inspiration and support where and when it is most needed…in the wake of a life-threatening injury.
True friends come to light in times of tragedy and High Fives is showing itself to be a solid shoulder to lean on. High Fives is a nonprofit created to bring awareness and financial support to those that have withstood a life-altering injury while pursuing their skiing or snowboarding passion. Founded by Roy Tuscany, an avid skier stopped short of achieving his dreams of skiing professionally by a major spinal cord injury, was inspired to create the supportive nonprofit during his healing process. With a depth of gratitude for those that were there for him, and for a little injection of Tahoe Spirit in hospital protocol, Tuscany decided to name the foundation after a hand gesture oh-so-popular amongst us all after a ripping line in the mountains.
Thus far, High Fives has been a monumental part of the healing process for many in my mountain community. From playing a part in the fight against cancer to combating a rare form of MS, from spinal cord injury to brain trauma, High Fives is helping the riding community talk about what is an unfortunate part of life, not to mention a sport that continually aspires to push itself.
Mountain Rider’s Alliance announced last week that they will be working in collaboration with High Fives. In a great meeting between the two organizations, MRA and High Fives began the initial conceptualization of an on-slope therapy program to help those injured when the time comes to get back on the slopes.
Applause to both organizations for offering those in need of support a ray of hope!
Side note: if you are in the Reno area on the 19th of November, there is a benefit for spinal cord injury recovery that is well worth attending!