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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 frustrating 2.5 year odyssey through medical treatment, countless therapies and the related costs following an injury while ski patrolling in Switzerland, I finally came to the right place, the Kees Brenninkmeyer Foundation. Without their financial and generous individual support, I would have had to end my career as an outdoor athlete and professional, and resign to a lifestyle I dreaded. My gratitude to the Kees Brenninkmeyer Foundation and the medical support group at the Steadman Clinic is far beyond any words. Months after surgery I can tell you I am far better off than ever since my accident. Once again, I am looking forward to a balanced, well-rounded life and career in sync with the natural environment-what a gift!"

- Karin Kean

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