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Participant Testimonial Trevor Smith My name is Trevor Smith (14) and I was born with no right hand below elbow. For the last 8 years, I have been on this journey with Adaptive Adventures. Our support group Colorado Children’s Unlimbited invited Adaptive Adventures to our summer picnic. Instantaneously, I realized Adaptive Adventures would help me excel in sports. I have been introduced to many new experiences including kayaking, scuba diving, and my favorite, rock climbing. Rock climbing puts...
Trevor Smith - Participant Testimonial October 2015
Hey [Adaptive Adventures]...Thanks for the skiing opportunity. It was as exhilarating and exciting as it was terrifying. I never thought I would go snow skiing, especially after I broke my neck. I also wanted to tell you how much I appreciate your encouragement and confidence. It's definitely contagious. I hope it comes from seeing a certain ability in people even if they don't feel it themselves... rather than just a blind universal confidence in everyone no matter what. My snow ski...
First Time in the Monoski
Wow...such an amazing weekend that I am not really sure where to start. I guess I will start back 12 years ago when our son Chandler was born and we were told he had Spina Bifida. Along with being told by one naive doctor that Chandler would have no quality of life, we were also given disheartening literature detailing all the problems our son would face and listing all the things he would never be able to do. After tearfully reading through a couple of pages, I threw the literature in the...
Chandler Learns to Ski...
Hi Matt and Becky, I wanted to thank you for coming to the Lakehouse last week with your hand cycles and kayaks. We all had a good time doing the different activities that you had planned for us. Matt, thank you for encouraging me/everybody to water ski. It was fun and not as terrible as I thought it was going to be, I even had fun. My dad was proud of me that I did not chicken out this time. Thank you again for hosting both events last week, we all appreciate it. Have a good summer and...
Kristina Halstead
Hey Joel and Matt- ”Thanks again for offering a great opportunity for Greg and myself. We had a great time and definitely opened Greg’s eyes to what's possible for him. He said repeatedly on the flight home, “the best 5 days of my life”. I hope he can use these feelings to motivate himself forward in a new direction. If all goes well this year, we'll be back for the adult camp next winter. You've inspired Greg and me more than you know. Keep up the good work. Hope to see you for some...
Gregory Peck
Before we had kids, my husband Joel and I skied almost every year. We always watched in amazement at the little kids barreling down the mountain and looked forward to the day that our children would do the same, no doubt becoming better skiers than us by the time they were four. When Gwen and her twin brother Nick were born 13 weeks early, each weighing under two pounds, all of our dreams for their future were put on hold. After they were diagnosed at 18 months with cerebral palsy we knew that...
Gwen Johnson
After a successful winter that featured four Stars of Tomorrow Youth Ski and Ride camps, we feel the best way to share the story is through the eyes of one of our parents. Joel, Mau, and Matt, I wanted to write a thank you letter regarding the Stars of Tomorrow Camp in Steamboat this year. It was a fi rst rate camp as usual. Our year wouldn’t be complete without attending one or two of your events. First of all, thank you so much for the scholarship. I’m not sure if we could have made the trip...
Pierce Grandchamp
Ret. First Lieutenant Ed Salau - Above the knee amputee - lost his left leg when a rocket propelled grenade hit his humvee in an attack in Iraq in 2004. “What I love most about Adaptive Adventures events is that they are not making it easy,” said Salau. “They’re making us use everything we’ve got left to challenge ourselves and learn how to be active again. It’s not about pity…It’s about living my life again. Thank you Adaptive Adventures!”
Ret. First Lieutenant Ed Salau
“What I love most about these events is that they are not making it easy,” said Salau. “They’re making us use everything we’ve got left to challenge ourselves and learn how to water ski. It’s not about pity.”
Edwin Salau - Summer

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