At the heart of Toronto Rehab are stories of courage; the courage of our remarkable patients who work every day to improve and the staff, volunteers and donors who encourage them on their journey through rehabilitation to recovery.
Here are some extraordinary rehabilitation stories. We are grateful to the many individuals who have chosen to share their experiences to encourage others. These stories are what set Toronto Rehab apart. They inspire us and we hope they will inspire you, too.
World sledge hockey champion Kevin Rempel knows what it's like to come back from the brink and succeed beyond one's wildest expectations http://www.torontorehabfoundation.com/Our-Stories/Patient-Stories/Kevin-Rempel.aspx
Dr. Mark Bayley is Medical Director of the Brain & Spinal Cord Rehab Program at Toronto Rehab and a specialist in physical medicine and rehabilitation. He has research interests in the following areas: rehabilitation of acquired brain injury, stroke, multiple sclerosis, neurological pharmacology and functional outcome measurement after rehabilitation. Read Dr. Bayley's story of courage here http://torontorehabfoundation.com/Our-Stories/Staff-Stories/Dr-Mark-Bayley.aspx
Dr. Paul Oh is an advocate of the power of exercise as medicine. He sees the benefits of it every day through his work at Toronto Rehab’s Cardiac Rumsey Centre. “Simply put, exercise is as powerful a therapy as anything we can offer,” he says. Read the rest of Dr. Oh's story of courage here http://torontorehabfoundation.com/Our-Stories/Staff-Stories/Dr-Paul-Oh.aspx
A Certified Therapeutic Recreation Specialist, PPL, in Toronto Rehab’s Spinal Cord Rehabilitation Program, Charlene Alton has worked at Toronto Rehab’s Lyndhurst Centre for 10 years. Through the dedication of staff members like Charlene, Toronto Rehab has developed the largest and most successful spinal rehabilitation program in Canada. Read the rest of Charlene's story of courage here http://torontorehabfoundation.com/Our-Stories/Staff-Stories/Charlene-Alton.aspx
Deeply moved by the profound impact that Toronto Rehab and the LIFEspan program have on their 24-year-old daughter Jessica, David and Lynn Coriat have donated, with matching funds from The Slaight Family Foundation, over $1 million to Toronto Rehab Foundation. Read about the impact the Coriat gift is already having on Toronto Rehab Patients: http://bit.ly/1rlOMB1
“Every day I see remarkable transformations in our patients and we witness them grow into leaders and role models,” says Dolly Menna-Dack, Youth Facilitator in Toronto Rehab's LIFEspan program. “We aim to support the realization of dreams for our patients." Learn more about Dolly's work and the LIFEspan program: http://bit.ly/Zy5l54
A competitive athlete since the age of seven, Jessica Raymond relies on her body to perform at its highest potential day in and day out. When she suffered a debilitating injury while playing first base during a fastball game, her world came crashing down. Read the rest of Jessica's story of #courage and find out how Toronto Rehab got her back on base here: http://torontorehabfoundation.com/Our-Stories/Patient-Stories/Jessica-Raymond.aspx
#Heart disease and #cardiac rehabilitation were not things Paul Helewa ever expected at the age of 33. Thanks to Toronto Rehab’s Cardiovascular Prevention and Rehabilitation Program, he is well on his way to recovery. Read the rest of Paul's story of #courage here: http://torontorehabfoundation.com/Our-Stories/Patient-Stories/Paul-Helewa.aspx
“Working with spinal cord injury patients is a mix of helping to overcome physical, emotional and social challenges,” says Marlene Adams, Occupational Therapist at Toronto Rehab's Lyndhurst Centre. “It is rewarding when you can help someone be more comfortable in their day-to-day experience.” Read the rest of Marlene's story of #courage here: http://torontorehabfoundation.com/Our-Stories/Staff-Stories/Marlene-Adams.aspx
#Heart health is vital at every age, and Dorothy Hunter, 91, is living proof. After a heart attack in early 2013 left her with limited #mobility, she enrolled in Toronto Rehab's #Cardiovascular Prevention and #Rehabilitation Program. Now, she exercises 5 days a week and is enjoying life again. Read the rest of Dorothy's courageous story with heart here: http://www.torontorehabfoundation.com/Our-Stories/Stories-with-Heart/Dorothy-Hunter.aspx
“My stroke changed my perspective on life,” says Joel Licuanan. “No matter how hard things get, you just have to get up and try again.” Read the rest of Joel's courageous story with heart here: http://www.torontorehabfoundation.com/Our-Stories/Stories-with-Heart/Joel-Licuanan.aspx
In 1992 Eddie Sabat was a carefree 18-year-old who loved hockey and dreamed of going pro. During an appendectomy surgical procedure that same year, his physicians noticed he had a heart murmur. Read the rest of Eddie's courageous story with heart here: http://www.torontorehabfoundation.com/Our-Stories/Stories-with-Heart/Eddie-Sabat.aspx