He had gone off a jump and landed wrong, said his friend Amanda Hill.
"It was horrible," Hill told The Park Record. "He fractured his spine and had to have multiple surgeries to remove the bone fragments, and they had to put a metal rod in to hold his back together."
At first, doctors didn't know if would ever walk again, but since Fairley was flown by medical helicopter to Utah Valley Regional Medical Center, doctors were able to operate on him quickly.
"The good thing is that he is walking, and doctors say he will eventually be able to come back from this injury," Hill said. "The bad thing is he doesn't have health insurance."
So, Hill and the staff at No Name Saloon put their heads together and decided to host a fundraiser on Sunday, April 7, beginning at 8 p.m.
The event will feature live music by Heber's Holy Water Buffalo and a DJ set by DJ Dolph. There will also be a silent auction and multiple opportunity drawings throughout the evening.
Admission is a $10 donation at the door. Drawing tickets can be purchased separately and people can buy as many as they want, Hill explained.
Donations for the drawings have come from the Joint Chiropractic, Saga Outerwear, Montage, Wasatch Brew Pub, Squatters, Butchers Chop House, High West Distillery, Blind Dog, Buona Vita, El Chubasco, Flanagan's, Park City Mountain Resort, Skullcandy, Sunglass Hut, Cole Sport, Bahnhof Sport and Silver Mountain Spa, she said.
"We've already have had an amazing response when we put the word out about the fundraiser," said Hill, who is a publicist for Downstairs. "That's something that I love about this town. If there is someone that needs something, everyone will rally to make it happen.
"For example, we've got some amazing items that we'll give away in some opportunity drawings and a silent auction," she said.
The money raised will help Fairley with more than just his medical bills.
"He's walking with two crutches, but obviously not going to be able to work for a while, so the money will help him with his daily living expenses, too," Hill said.
Hill volunteered to host the fundraiser at Downstairs because it has held successful events in the past.
"Because of the space that can accommodate a live band and a DJ, we decided to hold the event there. It's the perfect place," she said.
Hill got to know Fairley two years ago when he started visiting Downstairs.
"When he became the manager at No Name Saloon, we became even closer, just because we're all working in the same business on Main Street," she said. "So, this is a way for all of his friends to do something for him."
Hill added if there are people who would like to donate to the cause, but can't attend the fundraiser, they can visit www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/Restartin-Martin/49679 .
"The people of Park City have always been supportive of fundraisers," Hill said. "I'm proud to have lived here for the past 13 years."
Downstairs, 625 Main St., will host a fundraiser for No Name Saloon manager Martin Fairley on Sunday, April 7, beginning at 8 p.m. Admission is a $10 donation. For more information, visit www.youcaring.com/medical-fundraiser/Restartin-Martin/49679 .