High Fives Foundation gives paralympic hopeful a second chance

Posted By: The Ski Channel on April 14, 2011 1:00 pm

High Fives Foundation is a Tahoe-based 501.c.3 non-profit organization dedicated to raising money and awareness for athletes who have suffered a life-altering injury while pursuing their dream in the winter action sports community. For more information visit www.highfivesfoundation.org.

High Fives Non-Profit Foundation is Lake Tahoe’s premier philanthropic pulse and has announced the Landon McGauley Project (Chapter Two). The High Fives Non-Profit Foundation received an application under the Winter Empowerment Fund in the name of Landon McGauley in the fall, 2010. Landon now returns to Lake Tahoe for Chapter Two (April 15-22, 2011).

Landon is a 16 year old from Quesnel, BC Canada and suffered a T5 spinal cord injury, paralyzing him from the chest down.  The accident occurred at Sun Peaks Resort, Kamloops BC, Canada.   “My recovery goal is to be able to get back on the mountain in a sit ski this winter. The ultimate goal is to pursue my dream of competing in the Olympics in 2014.”

Landon McGauley Project (Chapter Two) Schedule:
• Attend Trains 2011 Freestyle Ski Contest at Alpine Meadows – April 16
• Ski Alpine Meadows – April 17-18
• Ski Alpine Meadows – April 19 (Ski Gates / Race)
• Ski Sugar Bowl, CA – April 20
• Ski Squaw Valley USA – April 21

The High Fives Non-Profit Foundation has procured another amazing trip for Landon McGauley and his mother to come to Lake Tahoe, April 15-22, 2011. The Winter Empowerment Fund has provided Landon: transportation by Truckee Tahoe Transportation Inc., lodging at a Resort at Squaw Creek Condo (thanks to Robert Green Jr. of CoJo Bay Advisors), adaptive lessons with Disabled Sports USA FarWest (Alpine Meadows) with Bill Bowness at Alpine Meadows, Katherine Hayes Rodriguez at Squaw Valley USA and Sugar Bowl along with several other big surprises. Unofficial Networks will be filming the entire trip.

This time, en-route to his relentless pursuit of making the Canadian Paralympic Ski Team, Landon is hungry to improve his skills, learn more from the best in the business and enjoy the Lake Tahoe energy. With High Fives Non-Profit Foundation’s Trains 2011 event (Saturday, April 16 at Alpine Meadows Ski Resort), ski training at Alpine Meadows, Squaw Valley USA and Sugar Bowl Resort (April 17-21 respectively) the week ahead will be one for the record books.

High Fives Non-Profit Foundation Co-Founder and President Roy Tuscany, “This upcoming week is going to be a break-through time for Landon. He is going to grow into a new skier and person as he High Fives the mountains!”

If you feel the need to donate to this amazing organization, visit their website, highfivesfoundation.org.