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BENEFITING: HIGH FIVES NONPROFIT FOUNDATION

EVENT DATE: Oct 19, 2014

Sam Cash

THE STORY:

Hi,

My name's Matt, I'm 27 years old and I'm doing the Amsterdam marathon to raise money for High Fives Charity.

In November 2010, I had an accident on a night out in London, I fell 26 feet through a corrugated plastic roof onto my head! I was in a coma for 6 weeks and when I woke up I couldn't do anything, walk, talk, not much at all!

So after 3 and a half years of physiotherapy, rehabilitation and gym I think I'm actually stronger than before, just my balance isn't great (yet!) and I still have a bit of a limp (but hopefully that'll go too). 

I always say I'm not "disabled", but I thought rather than just saying that, I should prove it! So I thought it doesn't get much tougher than a marathon, especially because I can't actually run yet!! I asked my friend Sam, who has done marathons and Ironman before, if there are any marathons without hills? Because if I'm going to do a marathon I don't want it to be any harder than it already is; he said Amsterdam is as "flat as a pancake", so I signed up! He said he'd also do it with me, though obviously at a slower pace than he normally does them!

The reason why I'm raising money for High Fives, is because for me, skiing really has been the number one motivation, I lived in Switzerland as a kid and qualified to teach skiing. Particularly a skier called CR Johnson who had a similar traumatic brain injury in a ski accident, but after a few years of rehab he actually got back to skiing. Tragically he died in another skiing accident. He really has been a huge inspiration for me with skiing. Two years ago Armada (a ski company) released a special Jacket in memory of CR, so my parents got it for me for Christmas, there was a word/acronym on the jacket I didn't really understand (ENEFCT) and I sent Armada an email to ask about it. We had a reply from Roy Tuscany (co-founder of High Fives) and we have been in touch ever since.

They do amazing things to help winter sports athletes who have suffered life altering injuries providing therapy and special equipment. More than that, they make life fun again for the athletes and enable them to try lots of cool stuff.  When I visited them in Truckee,CA we did backflip training! They also run safety campaigns such as: 'Helmets are Cool' and BASICS (be aware safe in critical situations )

I just wanted to do this to prove that you can do most things if you really want to and to raise money for High Fives, an amazing charity! To help more people when they have a bit of bad luck!

Your donation would be kindly appreciated

Matt

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To This Fundraiser

$12,785

MONEY RAISED
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  • David

    $50

  • John Powell

    $50

  • Sophie Claessens

    $15

  • Grace Lockhart

    $100

  • Sarah

    $35

  • Chris Marriott

    $50

  • Portia

    $30

  • Maria & Philip Farrer

    $100

  • Robert and Andrea

    $50

  • Richard and Sue

    $100

  • Siri dal

    $50

  • Magali, Lionel, Marie et Pierre

    $65

  • Sandra & Malcolm Young

    $60

  • Rich and Marie Tamblyn

    $50

  • Steph

    $20

  • Lynn in Cornwall

    $40

  • Lilian and Brian

    $165

  • Dominic

    $20

  • Andrew Wenman

     

  • The Swann's

    $100

  • Claire Le Hur

     

  • Marie Le Hur

    $30

  • Christopher, Katherine, Eva & Ian

    $100

  • Sharon, Charlotte, Alexander and Isabella

    $100

  • John and Helen Landau

    $100

  • Matthew, Hailey and Ettie Tamblyn

    $15

  • Dan and steph Gillespie

    $40

  • Claire Morgan

    $100

  • Douglas and Roberta Keeping

    $100

  • Penny

    $20

  • Lauren McIlwraith

    $20

  • Beccy Gale

    $50

  • James Parker

    $80

  • Fabien cartier

     

  • Mandie

    $10

  • Suzanne & Yves

     

  • Bilbo Baggins

    $30

  • Moira Nichol

    $50

  • Barry and Sarah Goodman

    $200

  • Rob & Ann

    $100

  • John Sally Charlotte & Charles

    $200

  • Nikki Penny Physiotherapy Clinic

    $30

  • Ollie H

    $80

  • Louise Morton

    $50

  • John McKenna

    $50

  • Anonymous

    $100

  • Sanna Fowler

    $200

  • JB Leroux

    $30

  • Ernesto

    $500

  • Ian Roman

    $100

  • Ben Ainslie

    $100

  • Ben and Charlie

    $50

  • Bill, Tricia, Bella, Harry and Pia

    $500

  • Jo & Howard Parks

     

  • Adam and Lizzie Grant

    $50

  • Thomas Russell Dulaney (Johnson)

    $500

  • Anonymous

    $30

  • Chloe Wren - Oving Clinic

    $20

  • jerry hill

    $50

  • Stephan JTI

     

  • Mark Dipple

    $320

  • David James

    $160

  • Claudia Iton

    $50

  • Nick Fox

    $50

  • Lou & Finn Fox

    $20

  • Rachel Earl

    $20

  • matt the dentist

    $50

  • Dee Bodle - The Body Suite Pilates Studio

    $100

  • Amanda Young

    $20

  • Petra Tanner

    $50

  • John Tanner

    $25

  • KC

    $500

  • Harry Law

    $100

  • Grandma

    $80

  • Anonymous

    $50

  • Tim & Tina

    $40

  • James Challoner

    $90

  • James of McIlwraith

     

  • Claudine Ickeringill Optometrists

    $100

  • Ben Roberts

    $20

  • Lisa, Hilary & Paul, Lucy & Scott, Katherine, James & Benjamin, AKA Team Fe

    $200

  • Benji and Bobby

    $20

  • Sarah + Derek

    $30

  • Ian Adam-Smith

    $160

  • Sue & Andy Fox

    $30

  • Pete Beilby

    $50

  • Paul White

    $50

  • Grant and Alex

    $200

  • Mum, Dad, Tim and the two wee Scotsmen

    $2,700

  • Jess and Paul

    $100

  • Lisette, Noel and Eloise

    $30

  • Tara Farrer

    $25

  • High FIves Foundation

    $10

  • London Whibley

    $30

  • Matteo and Simona

    $200

  • Trish Formby

    $40

  • Erle and Alison Williams

    $200

  • Steve West

    $50

  • John Nichol, The Garage, Highgate

    $160

  • Alan Tomkins

    $100

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256% Raised of$5,000 Goal

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The Team: $12,785 TOTAL RAISED SO FAR

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Matt Masson

Amount Raised

$11,870

 

237% Raised of$5,001 Goal

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Sam Cash

Amount Raised

$900

 

18% Raised of$5,000 Goal

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Sophie Claessens

Amount Raised

$15

Donor Comments

Alan Tomkins

Alan Tomkins

DONATION: $100

4 years ago

John Nichol, The Garage, Highgate

John Nichol, The Garage, Highgate

DONATION: $160

Well done Matt from the customers at The Garage, Highgate, London. 4 years ago

Steve West

Steve West

DONATION: $50

Well done young man. When is the next one? 4 years ago

Erle and Alison Williams

Erle and Alison Williams

DONATION: $200

Admire your spirit, well done and all the best with reaching your goals. 4 years ago

Trish Formby

Trish Formby

DONATION: $40

Well done Matt - you worked hard to get there. Hope you are having a nice rest now and we can start on the rowing next! 4 years ago

Matteo and Simona

Matteo and Simona

DONATION: $200

4 years ago

London Whibley

London Whibley

DONATION: $30

Amazing efforts!! 4 years ago

High FIves Foundation

High FIves Foundation

DONATION: $10

Pushing you over the $12,000 mark, you are incredible buddy. 4 years ago

Tara Farrer

Tara Farrer

DONATION: $25

Hey Matt and Team, Super proud of your efforts! Incredible stuff and I really look forward to hearing how it goes x 4 years ago

Lisette, Noel and Eloise

Lisette, Noel and Eloise

DONATION: $30

Congratulations Matt!x 4 years ago