Hey, Spike! cranks out a story of Breck athletic businessman
It’s understandable that Breckenridge athlete/businessman Bond Camp has not found Hey, Spike!’s column questioning at the top of his busy agenda.
The two of us have been loosely connecting in this attempt.
In an email this week, Spike! said we’ll get the column completed.
“Sweet,” writes Bond. “Sorry I have been MIA. I’ve been traveling and trying to put this whole injury behind me. Thanks.”
Kudos go to Luka Starmer, outreach coordinator of the High Fives Foundation in Truckee, California, in helping to keep the rehab funds flowing along with reports of Bond’s progress since a life-altering injury.
According to Luka, in January, Bond was backcountry skiing south of Breckenridge in an area called Crystal Lakes.
“While skiing one of his best lines of the season, he caught an edge, causing him to spin and crash onto his back. The impact led to T2 and T3 fractures, paralyzing him from the chest down. The crash also broke his left scapula, three broken ribs, and punctured his left lung,” says Luka.
Since the injury, 30-year-old Bond has focused intensely on his recovery with inpatient rehab at Craig Hospital and outpatient athlete at the PEAK center, both in Englewood. He spent two weeks in August training at the CR Johnson Healing Center, and he attended the High Fives Surf Trip in Ventura, California.
High Fives has helped fund Bond’s rehab with a series of grants.
“This grant will enable me to attend private adaptive yoga classes so that I can continue my practice,” says an appreciative Bond of his short-term goals of regaining flexibility and endurance. “The High Fives Foundation is a community that feeds me constant strength, stoke and confidence. It’s a brotherhood that I wasn’t expecting to gain from this injury.”
Bond’s positive attitude and hard work in meeting his physical challenge has impressed the High Fives Foundation leadership.
“Bond is an absolutely amazing individual with such a positive outlook post injury,” says Roy Tuscany, foundation founder and executive director. “He’s come so far along in his recovery, and he’s doing the things like surfing and mountain biking, returning to the sports he loved before his accident.”
While Bond is finding an expanded athletic support community with High Fives, he had already coupled his physical abilities with those of a fiscal nature as co-owner of the Bivvi, a Breckenridge hostel.
In early 2013, Bond and University of Colorado roommate Worthy McCormick bought the old Allaire Timbers bed and breakfast property and turned it into an attractive younger crowd lodge, opening in November 2013.
High Fives Foundation, a Tahoe-based, national 501(c)3 nonprofit, supports mountain action-sports athletes by raising injury prevention awareness while providing resources and inspiration to those who suffer life-altering injuries.
Formed as a way to “pay-it-forward” by founder Roy from his own recovery to help injured athletes, the foundation has helped 91 athletes from 20 states since its inception in 2009.
In 2015, the High Fives set a budget of disbursing $266,000 via board-approved grants through the Empowerment Fund. The foundation has exceeded this goal by awarding $339,209 in grants.
Another area athlete finding support from High Fives is Kailyn Forsberg, a teen in Eagle.
Luka explains the event that brought High Fives into Kailyn’s life:
“Kailyn was on her second warm-up lap for USASA nationals at Copper Mountain slopestyle event, when she over-rotated her standard backflip and landed deep down the transition. Kailyn landed on her neck and back and instantly lost feeling in her lower extremities. She immediately told the jump marshal and ski patrol she had broken her neck. When Kailyn arrived at the trauma center she and her family were told that she had a complete C7 spinal cord injury.
“Kailyn’s goal is to recover as much as is medically possible and get back to doing the things she loves,” writes Luka. “Eventually, she would like to become a safety advocate in the action-sports community.”
For more info see this link: http://www.highfivesfoundation.org.
Miles F. Porter IV, nicknamed “Spike,” a Coloradan since 1949, is an Army veteran, former hardrock miner, graduate of Adams State College, and a local since 1982. An award-winning investigative reporter, he and wife Mary E. Staby owned newspapers here for 20 years. Email your social info to firstname.lastname@example.org
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