The November issue of Powder Magazine will highlight the Tahoe-based High Fives Foundation. High Fives Co-Founder Roy Tuscany, Marketing Director Adam Baillargeon and CR Johnson Healing Center Coordinator Steve Wallace are all included in the “Powder Profile” feature. The story can be found on page 76 of the magazine.
“As a staff, Powder values the efforts of the High Fives Foundation in raising funds and awareness for those that have suffered life-altering injuries,” said Mike Rogge, managing editor, Powder Magazine. “Simply, they make the lives of those around them better. Roy, Adam, and Steve’s spirits are indomitable, and after spending only a few hours with them in the CR Johnson Healing Center, it became clear we had to feature them in the magazine. It was a joy to write a Powder Profile on them, and I hope to continue working with the foundation, both personally and professionally, for many years to come.”
Past Powder Profiles have been written on Silverton’s Snow Safety Director Doug Krausse and Live It! Love It! Foundation Founder and Pro Skier Izzy Lynch.
High Fives Non-Profit Foundation was started following Tuscany’s life-altering spinal cord injury as he pursued his dream of being a world-class ski professional. His subsequent recovery and rehabilitation inspired him to create a foundation to help other athletes overcome similar life-changing challenges.
“On April 29, 2006 I suffered a devastating spinal cord injury while training in Mammoth Mountain, CA, rendering my lower body paralyzed immediately after the accident,” Tuscany said. “After having high hopes of becoming a world-class professional skier, I then had to relearn everything in my life from the ground up. A truly life-altering experience, I eventually began making great progress. With the help of strong personalities, positivity, and high fives all around me, I stepped into skis and loaded the lift at Sugar Bowl for the first time in March of 2008. The encouragement and positivity I received during my recovery inspired me to start a foundation to help others with similar experiences.”