Long-time Copper Mountain Colorado ski patroller, Sally Francklyn, has been awarded a High Fives Foundation Winter Empowerment Program Service grant of $5,820 to help with her recovery from a traumatic brain injury sustained in a March 2012 backcountry skiing incident.
To continue raising funds toward her recovery, a “Super Sally Celebration” will take place at the Pink Garter Theatre in Jackson, Wyoming on 8 December 2012 from 6–10 p.m. The event will raise funds for the Teton County Search & Rescue, Jackson Hole Ski Patrol and those who have helped Sally in her continued recovery.
Sally was skiing in Jackson Hole on 24 March 2012 when she tumbled over 800 vertical feet on a 55 degree backcountry slope. Sally’s injuries included a skull fracture with a traumatic brain injury, multiple cervical fractures, a T10 vertebra burst fracture, a pneumothorax injury (punctured lung), a broken ankle, and many scalp and arm lacerations. On the Glascow coma scale Sally scored a three and was near death for several weeks. After six weeks Sally emerged from her coma. While she has a long road to recovery ahead, Sally has maintained a positive attitude with a focus on her goal to once again live independently and resume her career as a writer and public relations expert.
The High Fives Foundation offers grants to disabled winter action sports athletes participating in winter adaptive sports or to injured athletes recovering from a life altering injury. The board approved Sally’s grant in November. Sally is now recovering at home with her parents in Jackson Hole Wyoming.
Grant funds awarded to Sally from the Foundation will cover costs for cognitive brain training, $4,860 for three months of LearningRX Brain Training ($1,620/month) and 12 massage therapy sessions with Margrit Trenker $960 ($80/session).
More info on Sally’s recovery efforts can be found at www.caringbridge.org/visit/sallyfrancklyn.
High Fives Foundation