In 1995, a freak accident on the ice sent hockey player Travis Roy crashing into the boards. That single moment in an otherwise promising athletic career left Roy with a cracked fourth vertebra and paralyzed from the neck down. It was the death of one dream, but fortunately for others with spinal cord injuries it was also the birth of another.
The Travis Roy Foundation was established in 1997, with a dual mission. First, it was founded to help individuals with spinal cord injuries secure funding for adaptive equipment, so that they and their families could continue leading an independent life. Second, it was founded to fund research that will find a cure for spinal cord injuries.
“I’m extremely proud of how the Travis Roy Foundation has turned out. I quickly realized after my accident that I was fortunate to have good insurance, a significant amount of fundraising done on my behalf, and great family and friends. I also realized that there were many people in my condition that did not have the support, and I wanted to help them out,” said Roy in a September 2011 interview. “The TRF has since helped out hundreds of other spinal cord injured survivors through the purchase of adaptive equipment grants. These grants range from the purchase of wheelchairs, voice-activated computers, simple home modifications. My other goal for the Foundation was to raise money for research. It would be a dream come true to end paralysis. My hope for the future is that we’ll continue to be able to help more spinal cord injured survivors and fund research. Ideally, I would love for a cure to come so that the Travis Roy Foundation would no longer be needed.”
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