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$35,000 in grants for 10 athletes recovering from major action sports injuries

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High Fives Athlete Jason Abraham skis recently with Achieve Tahoe for the first time following his 2015 spinal cord injury.
Courtesy Chris Bartowski |

TRUCKEE, Calif. — The High Fives Foundation is awarding Tahoe residents Taylor Fiddyment, Jason Abraham and Jeff Andrews with board-approved Empowerment Grants totaling $14,820 to aid in their respective recoveries.

Fiddyment, a Truckee resident, was injured while riding a four-wheeler with friends in May 2011. Fiddyment’s goals have remained the same since entering the world of spinal cord injury recovery — to be the best person she can be, and spread joy and positivity to others.

“My recovery goal is to be strong in body and mind,” said Fiddyment. “I want to make other people’s down days better.”

Fiddyment received a grant for $4,560 to be used toward massage and chiropractic work to pair with her personal training at the CR Johnson Healing Center ­— a program that is a service of the High Fives Foundation.

Abraham, of Alpine Meadows, was skiing at Squaw Valley on one of the only powder days of the year in April 2015.

He decided he’d take a free ski run on Main Chute on the Palisades. Toward the bottom of Main Chute, Jason caught an edge and was propelled onto his back.

The impact resulted in the burst fracture of his C6 vertebrae, causing temporary paralysis from the shoulders down.

“My recovery goal is to become as independent as possible through diet and exercise,” said Abraham. “But my ultimate goals are to be the best father and husband I can be, and to watch my son Ebbett have a blast out on the hill with friends.”

Abraham received $2,200 in grant funding from the High Fives Foundation to be used toward massage at the CR Johnson Healing Center along with a new custom fit wheelchair back.

“Jason is a model High Fives Athlete,” said Roy Tuscany, High Fives Foundation executive director. “He’s positive, he’s highly motivated, and we’re proud to support him in all of his goals.”

Andrews, from Truckee, is receiving his sixth grant from the Foundation following a 2014 spinal cord injury sustained in a snowboarding accident at Sugar Bowl Resort.

The $8,060 will be used for two months of Neuro Kinetic Pilates at Body Wellness Hawaii in Maui, Hawaii. Andrews has previously worked with Alejandra Monsalve and the team at Body Wellness Hawaii and experienced tremendous gains from the Neuro Kinetic Pilates method.

Since the nonprofit High Fives Foundation’s January 2009 inception, the Empowerment Grants program has assisted 146 athletes from 27 states in nine respective funding categories which include.

In January 2017, the High Fives Foundation disbursed $35,005 in board-approved grants to 10 athletes in five states.

This article was provided by the High Fives Foundation. Visit www.highfivesfoundation.org to learn more.