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 don’t know if I would be where I am right now without the Kees Brenninkmeyer Foundation. As a high level mountain guide and athlete, I was actively seeking out the best possible care and the KBF made this totally possible. For the first week after my injury, I literally spent every hour of the business day making phone calls trying to get into see a surgeon in Canada to start the process. Although it is wonderful that we have public health care in Canada, it doesn’t come without its flaws, and a non-essential/elective surgery like an ACL repair is one of the systems flaws. It took me a week straight of phone calls to even get the surgeon I wanted to repair my knee in Canada to answer the phone to tell me that it would be 3 weeks before I could even get an appointment to see the surgeon and probably 12 weeks before I could get surgery. In my mind the clock was ticking if I wanted to return to my career at full strength as soon as possible. During this time I received word that the KBF was going to support me and it was like the magical mystery doors all opened wide. I had an appointment with the surgeon in less than 2 weeks, and not just any surgeon, one of the best in the business, better than any care I would have received in Canada. All of the frustration and despair was instantly turned the other direction. "
- Evan Stevens