On December 21, 2006, our photographer, best friend and brother Dave Genchi, suffered a serious spinal injury. While snowboarding with our guides, Dave took a surf turn, hit a rock, lost his balance, tumbled and seriously injured his neck. Our guides reacted immediately and we transported him safely off Buffalo Pass.
Please read the information below; learn about
Dave, keep posted and witness his progress in year two of his
If you can, please support and donate to Dave's
recovery fund. Send your positive vibes his way at all times.
You can email him via this
As of Winter 2009.10, Dave is now living in Florida for the winter with his family and his childhood home of Melbourne Beach. This past summer, Dave moved back to Steamboat Springs for a stint, enjoying the beautiful days provided to us here in the Yampa Valley.
Dave's enthusiasm continues to inspire many. Though he is no longer enrolled at Project Walk, Dave continues to work out with the PW methods and is hoping to fundraise more so that he can get back to California and continue at this world class facility.
We encourage and thank all of you who continue to keep Dave in your thoughts and those who help Dave financially via his recovery fund. Thank you.
Dave is has been working on uploading videos to YouTube and Facebook and is now moderating and developing a website called www.backcountrycam.com where he is moving forward with site development and establishment of this website.
In November of '07, Dave has relocated from Florida to Carlsbad,
California. He has enrolled in a spinal rehabilitation program
with the organization Project
Walk. The progressive therapy program "exists to provide
an improved quality of life for people with spinal cord injuries
through intense exercise-based recovery programs, education,
support and encouragement."
to check out more photo's of Dave at Project Walk.
On July 5th, 2007, Dave moved from the Craig
Hospital in Denver where he was since the first of the year,
to Florida to be with his family and close friends in his hometown
of Melbourne Beach. He is settling in and working on continuing
The Steamboat Pilot and Today newspaper did a
follow up story about Dave on July 1st.
Check out the article here
on their website or the pdf
here. Also on the Steamboat Pilots website, there are images
from when they interviewed Dave for the article. The piece is
excellent as it talks about Dave and another Steamboat local
who was also injured here in Steamboat during the '06/07winter.
***The national and local support for Dave has been tremendous***
On March 21st, 2007, Big
Head Todd and the Monsters played an almost sold out show
at the Steamboat
Grand Resort and Conference center. The crowd was amazing
and everyone left the event buzzing with a great energy. We've
posted additional information and images and video links from
the event on our photo/video page which
you must check out.
We ended up with over 225 raffle items and generated some good monies through the raffle and admission for Dave's recovery fund. Thank you to everyone who contributed to the event and to everyone for your generosity.
On Monday March 19th, Kent and Jules went down
to see Dave to catch a final visit before the benefit. Dave
mentioned that his thank you to everyone who has reached out
to him will be in working harder than ever to get up and walk
again. His attitude and positive approach was contagious and
he is at peace with the situation. "Once you are peace
with everything in your life, then you will have the tool to
move forward and overcome any obstacles which may be limiting
you today or in the future." Dave said.
Click here for a short video of the concert.
Click here to an updated article in the Steamboat Pilot on March 23rd.
There have been several other fundraiser's that are have support Dave and his family through this tough time. Steamboat Magazine hosted an online fundraiser titled the "Photographer's for Genchi". Check it out here or click on above banner.
The auction generated $6,500 dollars to the recovery fund.
On Feb. 28th, 2007 Don Tudor hosted a gathering for the Photographer's for Genchi auction. Click here for image gallery from the event.
In Melbourne Beach, Florida, also in New York and other venues across the State's, people have coming together for Dave - click here for all fundraiser details.
Dave is now at the Craig Hospital in Denver. He is in room 307 and the address to the Craig is 3425 S. Clarkson Street, Englewood, CO 80113 (please do not send flowers or gifts, just cards to his room).
He is settling in at the Craig and ready to tackle the long road of rehab. His attitude and energy remain positive and he's eager to get moving forward.
View Dave's page on Challenge Sports, his family is updating this regularly.
Link to update article from Steamboat Pilot on Jan 18 about Dave.
Check out images from the Jan 14th showing of "Boat Trip and "Boat Trippin" at the Steamboat Mountain Theater. Thank you to everyone who came out to give a big cheers to Genchi!
Images here from movie premiere.
Message originally posted late December: On December 21st, our photographer, best friend and brother Dave Genchi, suffered a serious spinal injury.
While snowboarding with our guides, Dave took a surf turn, hit a rock, lost his balance, tumbled and seriously injured his neck. Our guides reacted immediately and we transported him safely off Buffalo Pass. A life flight ultimately transported him to St. Mary’s hospital in Grand Junction, CO where he is currently on the path to recover. Surgery was successful to stabilize the fractured vertebrae.
Dave’s passion, creativity and lust for life are evident in everything that is Steamboat Powdercats. His ability to capture the soul of our experience and your epic powder day has touched thousands. His images and movies that you see on our website and have in your home, on your computer or on your wall, are a direct result of one man, Dave Genchi.
With this type of injury, the healing process will be extensive for Dave and our support will be paramount to his recovery. For those who wish to contact Dave, you can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Of course, call us if you wish to learn more.
We have established a fund to assist Dave and his family through this long road to recovery. If you wish to contribute, we thank you and applaud your generosity. Details for the fund are here:
Please contact us if you have any other questions regarding contributing to this fund and thank you again for your support.