June 30, 2015

Jake Burton Recovering From Serious Illness

Jake Burton is recovering from a serious illness diagnosed right after the Burton Open back in March. He suffered from Miller Fisher Syndrome which is apparently a varient of Guillan-Barre Syndrome. Burton spent nearly two months on full life support – his case of the disease was serious enough to cause temporary paralysis of his entire body… Which is gnarly.

He is expected to make a full recovery and is already back at home in Vermont. Check the full release below for details and more in the disease.


Press Release:


Burlington, VT (June 24, 2015)—Right after the 2015 Burton US Open in March, Jake Burton, Founder & Chairman of Burton Snowboards, was diagnosed with a type of Guillan-Barre Syndrome called Miller Fisher Syndrome. Miller Fisher is an extremely rare disorder that results in the body’s own immune system attacking the nerves. Jake had a very severe case that caused temporary paralysis of his entire body, so he was put on full life support in the ICU for nearly two months at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire.

In late April, Jake made enough progress in his recovery to move to Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston where he focused on an intensive rehab program. Thanks to his incredible progress, Jake is now back home in Vermont where he’s continuing to focus on physical therapy and is expected to make a full recovery over the next few months.

Jake, Donna and their entire family want to thank everyone for the outpouring of love, kindness and support during these very difficult months.

To read more about Miller Fisher Syndrome, we recommend visiting the National Institute of Health’s website.

About Burton
In 1977, Jake Burton Carpenter founded Burton Snowboards out of his Vermont barn and has dedicated his life to snowboarding ever since. Burton has played a pivotal role in growing snowboarding from a backyard hobby to a world-class sport by creating ground-breaking products, supporting a team of top snowboarders and pushing resorts to allow snowboarding. Today, Burton designs and manufactures industry-leading products for snowboarding and the snowboard lifestyle, including snowboards, boots, bindings, outerwear and layering as well as year-round apparel, packs/bags and accessories. Privately held and owned by Jake and his wife, Burton President Donna Carpenter, Burton’s headquarters are in Burlington, Vermont with offices in Austria, Japan, Australia, California, Canada and China. For more information on Burton, head to www.burton.com and follow our line at facebook.com/burtonsnowboards, twitter.com/burtonsnowboard and @burtonsnowboards on Instagram.

by Dave