Renown Rehabilitation Hospital partnered with High Fives Foundation on a Peer Mentoring Program that brings Foundation members, who have a suffered spinal cord injury, to the hospital to meet with patients who have similar injuries.
Roy Tuscany, Founder & CEO, High Fives Foundation, admits it – he’s a hope dealer. “I deliver hope,” he says. “I think that is what we do differently through the Peer Mentoring Program that we have set up here. It is so important to find those moments of hope that give you that positivity to see farther out than the end of your bed.”
On April 29, 2006 Tuscany suffered a devastating spinal cord injury while training in Mammoth Mountain, CA, rendering his lower body paralyzed immediately after the accident. After having high hopes of becoming a world class professional skier, he then had to relearn everything in his life from the ground up. With the help of strong personalities, positivity, and high fives all around him, Tuscany stepped into skis and loaded the lift at Sugar Bowl for the first time in March of 2008.
The encouragement and positivity he received during his recovery inspired him to start a foundation to help others with similar experiences. And now, he’s taking that even further with the Peer Mentoring Program at Renown Rehabilitation Hospital.