Pro snowboarder, Danny Toumarkine describes the moment he was given 10% chance of survival, "(I had a) skull fracture on impact and spent 33 days in the hospital."
He said, "I was competing, traveling, snowboarding and doing videography and that kind of came to a wicked hault after my accident."
Danny got into an accident snowboarding 2 and a half years ago. From a dismal diagnosis, he found the strength to be back on his board one year later.
"I got a second chance and because of that, I changed my life around eating healthier, working out more, enjoying it more."
And it was, in part thanks to the High Fives Foundation.
William Ford, the marketing director for POC Sports (creators of helmets) says, "High Fives is the one organization you don't want to be sponsored by. Meaning prevent that injury from happening in the first place"
Along with getting athletes the personal trainers, physical therapists, and inspiration they need... High Fives is now on a mission to prevent accident like Danny's.
Roy Tuscany, the Executive Director and Founder of High Fives Foundation says, "he is now one of the strongest people on the hill made of pure muscle now."
While his recovery is nothing short of a miracle, Danny admits his accident was unnecessary. It could have all been prevented had he worn a helmet.
That's why now he is part of a new High Fives video series, called B.A.S.I.C.S. all about prevention and led by pro skier and world renowned base jumper JT Holmes.
They filmed several athletes willing to share the all-important message that #helmetsarecool.
The producer of these videos, Greg Martin says, "they all wish they wore a helmet or they had a worn a helmet and a helmet saved their life."
One after another they are proving that it's not the accident that defines these athletes, but rather their passion to recover and their willingness to share their stories.
You can see the High Fives Foundation prevention series at Wednesday nights screening at 7pm at California 89, a clothing store in Truckee.
If you miss the screening, the video will be posted afterwards at: http://highfivesfoundation.org/
Written by Neda Iranpour