Key Criteria and Practices
The Kees Brenninkmeyer Foundation is a non-profit resource for alpine industry professionals seeking orthopedic medical care.
To financially assist alpine guides, patrollers, or instructors who require surgery in order to continue their careers.
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.
- 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.
"I stayed focused on recovery with the goal of working race patrol for the 2015 World Championships. I have been on the race crew for the Birds of Prey since 2005. When I learned that Beaver Creek and Vail would be hosting the World Championships I knew I wanted to be part of the team. My injury put that in jeopardy but thanks to the help from the Kees Brenninkmeyer Foundation, I was able to recover from my surgery and get back on skis in time for the races. There is no way this would have been possible without the surgery and the physical therapy that the foundation covered. My insurance only covered 15 sessions of therapy and my doctor prescribed 3-5 sessions a week for a year. I am very grateful for the support of the Kees Brenninkmeyer Foundation that allowed me to complete the rehab necessary to get back to work. "
- Matthew Busenhart