In the heart of our Adapt community shines a beacon of resilience, determination, and unyielding spirit - Alex Uppenkamp. As we celebrate the launch of "High Fives Hangouts," it's only fitting to spotlight the incredible individual who inspired this monthly gathering aimed at uniting those touched by life-changing injuries, especially spinal cord injuries.
The Journey of Triumph
Alex's journey with Adapt began four years ago, following a life-altering mountain biking accident that resulted in a C3 complete spinal cord injury (SCI). Just days away from embarking on a new chapter at Humboldt State University, a 32-foot jump went awry, catapulting Alex into a battle he never anticipated.
Thanks to the support of the High Fives Foundation, Alex’s recovery process has been supported by grants for vital therapy sessions at Adapt and adaptive equipment, enabling him to maintain an active and fulfilling life. "After receiving many grants from High Fives for continued physical therapy and adaptive equipment, I feel very in tune with my injury and recovery process," Alex shares. Alex's story is not just about personal resilience; it's about leveraging community support to navigate life after a significant injury.
High Fives Hangouts: A Vision of Unity
It was Alex's own experiences and the support he received that sparked the idea for High Fives Hangouts. Hosted by Alex himself, these events serve as a sanctuary for High Fives athletes and supporters in San Diego, offering a space for connection, support, and shared growth. Whether you're directly impacted by SCI or simply wish to offer support, High Fives Hangouts open their doors to all, fostering a sense of belonging and collective resilience.
A Life Embraced
Today, Alex's life is a vibrant narrative of triumph over adversity. Now a student of engineering at San Diego State University, Alex's thirst for adventure and learning remains unquenched. Living independently near campus, he actively participates in adaptive sports and recently undertook a monumental journey, driving 6,000 miles around the west coast in his Sprinter Van. "After my accident, I had to relearn how to live and adapt to a new life," Alex reflects.
A Family United
Alex's impact extends beyond his personal achievements; it resonates through the lives he touches. His father, Mike, speaks of the transformation their family underwent, evolving from navigating the unknown terrains of SCI to becoming pillars of support for others facing similar battles. Together, they've helped families adapt their homes, secure necessary resources, and provide a listening ear and a hopeful voice.
An Inspiration in Adaptation