Watch: A skier’s brave journey after paralysis

Skiing and snowboarding comes with inherent risk. Jason Abraham, an experienced skier and ski photographer knew that risk when he graduated from the University of Vermont and moved out to Squaw Valley, California, to live the dedicated life of a ski bum.

After spending a handful of years skiing hard and pushing his boundaries, Abraham decided that he wanted to step back from the edge when his wife Kate became pregnant with their son.

Unfortunately, the best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry, and on April 9, 2015 Abraham caught an edge while skiing the steep, but fairly straightforward Main Chute in Squaw Valley.

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The fall broke his C6 and 7 vertebrae, paralyzing Abraham from the shoulders down. But now, as reported by POWDER, Abraham is on the road to recovery, and hoping to one day walk again.

skier recovering from paralysis Jason Abraham
Abraham hasn’t allowed life in a wheelchair to slow him down.

In a new short documentary from the High Fives Foundation called Quadrilyzed, Abraham details the huge changes he’s had to make to adapt to life confined to a wheelchair, and his efforts to hopefully regain the use of his legs.

“Just the everyday little things that go into your daily life – for me – getting dressed, going to the bathroom, bathing, eating, preparing food, all those things are hard,” says Abraham in the video.

Currently in the process of recovering, Abraham plays wheelchair basketball and still skis using modified equipment. His mindset, according to his wife, has never changed.

“A lot of positives come out of it and I think if you look at what the positives are instead of the negatives, it keeps you going,” his wife Kate says in the documentary. “But I won’t say it’s been easy. It’s been very challenging.”

For more on Abraham’s story, head over to POWDER, or donate to his recovery fund.

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