Vancouver, B.C. -- Marc-Andre Belliveau suffered a tragic accident on Monday, April 3, while skiing in the British Columbia interior, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. Stand Strong Again has established a fund for all friends, fans and fellow skiers to help Marc pay medical expenses and rebuild his life. Visit Visibility was poor on the day of the accident, and Marc lost his line in a technical area. He attempted to find his route down, but instead hit rocks that sent him tumbling into bigger, jagged rocks. Marc lost feeling in his legs immediately. After he was flown to the hospital, doctors discovered that he fractured his spine and permanently damaged his spinal cord. Marc will remain in the Vancouver General Hospital until he can be transported home to Quebec, possibly in three to four weeks. Still less than a week after his accident, Marc is currently suffering severe pain and mental anguish, but staying positive by visiting with friends, listening to music, and dedicating himself to his rehabilitation."Marc-Andre is still himself, joking with his visitors and nurses, and singing songs," said his sister, Rachel. "But there is a very long road ahead of him with a new reality we need to prepare for."Marc-Andre has brought passion, progression and panache to the ski industry over the past seven years.He made a grand entry into the scene in 1999 when he took third place at the U.S. Freeskiing Open Slopestyle Competition, which sparked a sponsorship with Volkl skis. Volkl gave him a travel budget, which allowed Marc to compete in New Zealand. There he met Steve Rozendaal, who invited him to film with Volume Video Magazine in Utah."I could see the passion in Marc from the start," said Rozendaal. "He was willing to make it happen in any conditions and loved every second of it."While in Utah, Marc fell in love with backcountry skiing and even found a way to burn through three snowmobiles in as many years during his quest for easy-access to fresh powder. He produced mind-blowing segments in Teton Gravity Research films for six years and traveled across Europe, including places like Bulgaria and Turkey, as well as to Chile and Alaska. He was considered one of the best all-around skiers in the world. Life after 26 will be vastly different for Marc. He will need all the support of family, friends and the industry that he contributed so much to. Marc and his family appreciate any help you can give.StandStrongAgain.org is pleased to announce that current financial donations and pledges will be dedicated to help cover the costs of helping Marc adjust to his life after the accident. The adjustment costs are significant and include medical expenses, physical therapy and modifications to his house to make it wheelchair accessible, to name a few. To learn more about challenges facing those with spinal cord injuries, please visit The National Spinal Cord Injury Association at Stand Strong Again was formed in 2005, shortly after professional freeskier Lars Veen from Norway suffered a crash that left him without feeling or function below his chest. The mission of Stand Strong Again is to raise money from the action sports community to fund quality of life initiatives for people with spinal cord injuries, particularly those who suffered injuries as a result of action sports, and to fund spinal cord injury research that will lead to a cure. The family requests that letters be sent to Marc in lieu of phone calls.Vancouver General Hospitalc/o Marc-Andre Belliveau855 West 12th AvenueVancouver, BC V5Z 1M9Canadahttp://www.StandStrongAgain.org to make a contribution.http://www.spinalcord.org.


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