Supporting High Fives Foundation in their Support of our Tahoe Community

January 11, 2011

Today is a day of celebration for a nonprofit close to my heart.

1/11/11 is a calenderial fiesta because of the five ones equaling the name that the 501c embraced, High Fives Foundation.

An organization brought together to show support and love for those members of our ski and snowboard tribe that are injured or paralyzed, the Tahoe foundation is helping dampened dreams glimmer with hope. Not only am I close to some of those that the nonprofit assists, I also consider myself lucky to be one of those they are not helping.

15 years ago I sustained a fracture to C5. It all happened in an instant. I was skiing down a silly run — it was low snow year and a group of friends and I were tucking…racing to the bottom…enjoying our mountain playground. There happened to be a jump at the bottom that offered a great right hand airplane turn. Coming into it with speed, I launched into the air only to meet another person — a 350 pound German man — coming out of the woods at the exact same moment. It was neither one of our faults, but nonetheless the collision was a huge blow. It knocked everything off of me…my gloves, hat, goggles, skis, poles…and it changed the course of my life forever.

Prior to that I had dreams of being a ski star. I had the gumption. I had the will. I had the drive. And I adored the sport. But breaking my neck brought that all to a screeching hault. Another fall of great magnitude could leave me wheelchair bound; a future that I took to heart, changing the way I looked at the mountain and the way I skied.

So, there you have it. High Fives is a foundation near and dear to my dreams and adorations in life. I applaud their efforts and am here as a steward of their good will. I ask you to do the same…


Injured Skier NonProfit High Fives and Mountain Rider’s Alliance in Talks about On-Slope Therapy Program

November 18, 2010

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!

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