By Jim Stanford on December 8, 2012
Nine months after suffering critical injuries in a ski accident, Sally Francklyn returned to Jackson Hole this week, grateful to those who saved her life.
Walking with the aid of a cane, Francklyn sat at her old desk at the public relations firm Denny, Ink. and greeted friends and former co-workers. “The band is back together,” beamed owner Chris Denny.
Tonight Francklyn’s family has organized a benefit to thank those who provided care following her fall in the Once Is Enough chute on March 24. Proceeds from the “Super Sally Celebration” at the Pink Garter will go to Jackson Hole Ski Patrol, Teton County Search and Rescue and the High Fives Foundation, which aids athletes injured in winter sports.
The event runs from 6 to 10 p.m. and will feature a raffle and silent auction, music by DJ Jefe, a short Warren Miller film and remarks by Francklyn’s father, Reg, and Grant Korgan, a paralyzed skier who journeyed to the South Pole. Sally will take the stage, too.
The ski industry has donated a ton of prizes, topped by a Valdez Heli-Ski trip to be awarded by raffle. Other items include custom skis, cat skiing for four at Grand Targhee, a shopping spree at Stio, prints by Tristan Greszko, lodging, dinners and gear. “No one’s going to go home with an empty hand,” Denny said.
Cocktails, music and auction bidding will run from 6 to 8 p.m. The presentation begins at 8, and afterward the party will shift to The Rose lounge.
Francklyn spent 11 days in a coma after her fall in the steep, rocky couloir on Cody Peak, south of Jackson Hole Mountain Resort. Her plight attracted attention from around the outdoor industry, as she was well known from her work at Ski and Skiing magazines. Family and friends gave her the nickname “Super Woman Sally” as they prayed for her recovery.
After she awoke from the coma in April, doctors transferred her to Colorado Springs, where her family lives. She did not leave the hospital there till July 27.
Although she still receives care, Francklyn’s memory and awareness are impressive, Denny said, and her recovery appears to be accelerating. At the office yesterday, she sat at a computer and typed the labels for auction prizes. Earlier in the week, she visited the doctors who treated her in Idaho Falls.
Her family sought to give back to the community. Reg Francklyn is a longtime search and rescue volunteer, and Sally was a ski patroller at Copper Mountain in Colorado. “They were blown away by the outpouring of support,” Denny said. “It’s an amazing story of great recovery.”
Fittingly, the celebration comes on the biggest powder day of the season, with 13 inches of light, fresh snow and Jackson Hole opening all of its upper mountain lifts, including the tram.