Dimitri Goutis via Crowdrise
November 03, 2011
Dear friends and family,
As an avid snowboarder, mountain-biker, and runner, I can only imagine what it would be like to suddenly come face-to-face with an event that threatened to take away my ability to pursue my passions.
On January 1, 2011, my good friend, Phil Hoban, encountered such an event when he suffered a burst fracture of his C-5 vertibrae after one of his bindings detached from his skis while skiing “The Fingers” at Squaw Valley, sending him head-first into a rock. This injury left Phil an incomplete quadriplegic and came at a time when he was having the best ski season of his life, which included participation in “G.N.A.R, the Movie” and epic snowfall courtesy of the La Nina weather pattern.
Initially paralyzed from the neck down, Phil spent 5 weeks in the Renown Rehabilitation Hospital in Reno, NV. After this first round of healing and rehabilitation, Phil returned to his home in Truckee, CA, where with the help of the High Fives Non-Profit Foundation, he was able to gain access to several progressive rehabilitation methods and technologies many of which are not covered under standard health insurance. This second wave of rehabilitation with the assistance and support of High Fives, friends, and family have dramatically expedited Phil’s recovery to the point he is expected to make a full recovery. On the one year anniversary of his injury, Phil made a triumphant return to the slopes and said he felt surprisingly good considering the extent of his injury and the time he has been away from the sport.
Who is the High Fives Non-Profit Foundation?
High Fives Non-Profit Foundation, based in Truckee, CA, is an official 501c.3 non-profit. High Fives is dedicated to raising money and awareness for athletes that have suffered a life-altering injury while pursuing their dream in the winter sports community. To date, they have aided in the recovery of over fifteen athletes.
I think the video embedded in this fundraising page says it best.
To find out more about High Fives and the athletes they are supporting, please visit:
Having run a few half-marathons, I decided to run the 2012 Boston Marathon to further push my running limits. After all, what better way to test your physical and mental strength than running 26.2 miles? To make this event more meaningful and to help me stay motivated during the training and race itself, I decided to team up with and raise money for the High Fives Non-Profit Foundation, since I truly believe in their cause and have witnessed first-hand the amazing work they do.
What Can You Do to Help?
Please help support High Fives Non-Profit Foundation by donating to their important cause, so they can continue supporting athletes like Phil, as they recover from their injuries and continue to pursue their passions.