What Makes a Warrior? Athletes Join Renown and 23andMe’s Healthy Nevada Project


Seeking to better understand the relationships between genetic data and improving health and healthcare in our community, Renown Health is sponsoring more than 150 extraordinary local athletes for the Healthy Nevada project. 

Renown Health hosted a spit party for members of the High Fives Foundation, a Tahoe-based, nonprofit group that provides resources and inspiration to mountain athletes who suffered life-altering injuries. The reason: that spit was for the continued study of genetics and how they affect health.

The High Fives group is now part of a large-scale genetic testing cohort that Renown is supporting for free as part of its Healthy Nevada Project — one of the first community-based population health studies in the U.S. that combines health, population and genetic information with environmental data. The project was announced by Renown and the Desert Research Institute in collaboration with 23andMe in Sept. 2016.


Formed to “pay it forward” by its founder, Roy Tuscany, from his own recovery to help injured athletes, the High Fives Foundation has helped 159 athletes from 31 states since it began in 2009.  

Through the High Fives cohort, researchers hope to study and better understand what helps drive resilience among these athletes. At the same time, researchers can unlock some of the keys to better treatment and success in survivorship for those who experience devastating injuries.

Renown privileged to work together with High Fives to serve those with spinal cord and head injuries in our community and across the nation.


    • Hello Dawn, To learn more about the Healthy Nevada Project and to join the project notification list, please visit https://healthynv.org/. In good health, Roseann