Kelly Brush’s life changed forever on Feb. 18, 2006, when the Middlebury College ski team athlete hit a gate during a meet in Massachusetts. She severely damaged her spinal cord and fractured four ribs and a vertebra in her neck. She would never walk again.
Despite her new life in a wheelchair, Brush did discover new ways to remain active in adaptive sports, including skiing. The Kelly Brush Foundation is dedicated to making active lifestyles a reality for those who have experienced a spinal cord injury, offering inspiration and the grants to enable anyone to buy the equipment they need to get out and go.
Founded by the Brush family, the foundation has been committed to ski racing safety and will continue to advocate and provide resources so that every ski racer is training and competing on the safest possible venues.
Brush was recently a guest on the New England Ski Journal Basecamp podcast, where she discussed her injury, the formation of the foundation, and a new crowdsourcing tool that she hopes creates an easier avenue into the world of adaptive sports.