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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 (4)

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.

December 31, 2018

This past week Orion has been taking Sit-Ski lessons. It is tough! Many falls learning to remain upright with only arm and shoulder strength. Thanks to donations he can continue out-of-pocket therapy helping him to improve and get strong enough to participate in these sports.


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

December 31, 2018

Keep on going Orion

Bill & Julie Leach