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Key Criteria and Practices

The Kees Brenninkmeyer Foundation is a non-profit resource for alpine industry professionals seeking orthopedic medical care.


Mission Statement

To financially assist alpine guides, patrollers, or instructors who require surgery in order to continue their careers.

Our Practices

The Kees Brenninkmeyer Foundation provides an unbiased determination of a candidate’s eligibility for financial assistance. Evaluation of financial circumstance, professional memberships, career history, future career intentions, and injury treatment plan are primary factors in the assessment of eligibility. All arrangements will be determined on a per case basis to best provide for a successful outcome that allows for a limitless return to an alpine career.

Key Criteria

  • Career threatening injury (chronic or acute).
  • Documentation supporting career and/or career intent within the guiding, patrolling, or instructing organization.
  • Medical expenses related to injury would present a considerable financial hardship.

Featured Testimonial

"After a long fall and a painful broken ankle I flew home to Colorado to begin the challenging and stressful process of scheduling a surgery. I learned quickly that my health insurance was frustratingly inadequate for the procedure that I required; an all too common story. After learning that I would receive assistance from the Kees Brenninkmeyer for the operation, my outlook on the situation wholly improved and contributed greatly to my mental recovery as well as proper healing of my fibula. Because of the foundation paying for not only my surgery, but the necessary physical therapy, I am able to continue the course I have laid out for myself and finish the guide track program. My accident was nearly five months ago and I am now guiding again and preparing for an upcoming exam. I am so grateful for the assistance that I received and hope that others in my situation can find their way to this wonderful foundation. "

- Steven Van Sickle

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