Jun 13, 2019
The day after Roy Tuscany burst-fractured his T12 vertebrae in a skiing accident, the doctor who performed the eight-hour emergency operation that stabilized his spine came to his hospital room. Roy, eager to show appreciation, put his hand up to to give the surgeon a high-five. After a few awkward moments, the physician reciprocated—and Roy realized what a powerful, positive moment of connection he’d created.
In the aftermath of his accident, Roy also found another source of positivity—the support of his family, friends and community. The Sugar Bowl Academy, the school for competitive skiers where he’d been teaching, started a fund that enabled him to focus on healing without worrying about finances.
As Roy moved through recovery, he decided to repay this kindness by starting an organization that would offer the same gift to other injured athletes. Fittingly, he named it after the gesture of goodwill he’d since shared with nearly all his medical professionals. Now, more than 10 years later, the High Fives Foundation has disbursed more than $3 million in grants to 237 athletes from 32 states.
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