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Keeping the Journey Alive-

On July 21, 2016, Orion Owens ran from a sandy shoreline and dove into a recreational lake to join 4 other friends for a moonlight swim in Eden, Utah. Still to this day his friends don’t understand what he did differently to immediately sustain a catastrophic spinal cord injury bursting his C6 vertebrae paralyzing him from the chest down and unconscious underwater for nearly 5-7 minutes. He was revived by his friend Marshall, air lifted to the closest trauma center in Utah and one week later flown to Craig Hospital in Denver, CO specializing in spinal cord injuries. A playful night turned tragic for Orion, his family and friends.

Updates (5)

September 30, 2019

Orion is pushing through and determined to return to an athletic life. Last winter he pursued sit-sking and this September he traveled to Lake Tahoe to try an adaptive hand- cycle bike. Thanks to High Fives for helping him to demo a bike. Proper fitting and custom adjustments for a sit-ski or bike is extremely important for health, safety and function. Orion would like to purchase his own equipment making these sports part of his life. Movement and exercise in any form is very important. Thanks High Fives for helping him demo bikes in Lake Tahoe.

February 6, 2019

Thanks to High Fives Foundation Orion was able to take adaptive ski lessons with STARS while in Steamboat Springs, CO AND funded Orion’s High Fives Winter Ski Camp in Winter Park, CO for 3 more days of ski lessons while spending a week with other High Five athletes. He advanced, impressing his instructors when he returned to Steamboat and made some great runs down the mountain. Thanks to donation here at HelpHopeLive so Orion can continue to build his strength and train his body for recovery and more athletic adventures.

Guestbook

September 30, 2019

Hello Orion We’ve never met but I feel like we have. I’m a friend of your Mother as we have been in DC the last two years on our Rock and Roll on DC What a great Family you have, someday we’ll meet Have fun doing what you Love

Ruth Price

April 19, 2019

"Bunco Babes of East County" support your path to healing, and look forward to seeing your artwork! Annie Johnston Micki Plummer Debbie Orly Jean Minter Judy Boyd Sheila Dowe Penny Barnaba Mary Nichols Jill Lehto Claudia Deney Nan O'Gara Kathleen Rivers HELP HOPE LIVE !!!!!!!

Annie Johnston

February 6, 2019

Happy Birthday

Audrey Buchanan

February 4, 2019

Believing the best for you Orion! Keeping the Faith and praying for continued healing. I hope you find strength and renewed vision as you move forward. God bless YOU and your family...:). Love your photos....incredible!

Sharon Sheehan