Kees Brenninkmeyer Foundation
The United States of America
The Kees Brenninkmeyer Foundation is a non-profit resource for alpine industry professionals seeking orthopedic medical care.Â The foundation is inspired by and created in memory of Kees Brenninkmeyer, who passed away while actively pursuing a career as an alpine ski and mountaineering guide.Â It is established to financially assist alpine guides, patrollers, or instructors who require surgery in order to continue their career.
In his own career, Kees injured his knee while working as a heli-ski guide in Alaska.Â He was able to finish the season on an injured knee, however his condition deteriorated to the point that reconstructive surgery was required in order for him to continue working. Kees elected to have his surgery performed at the Steadman Clinic in Vail Colorado specifically because of Dr. Steadmanâ€™s record of enabling athletes to return to and even prolong their careers after surgical treatment.Â Keesâ€™ surgery was successful and after diligent reconditioning he was able to return to work and pursuing certification through the Canadian Mountain Guide Association.