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Hey guys, haven't been on here in awhile but figured I'd post this here with the hopes of reaching more people.  Many of you from New England will know who Travis is, but here is what I've written up for my fundraising page this year with background on Travis, his foundation and what they aim to achieve.


TL:DR, I'm raising money for Spinal Cord Injury Research and you can donate HERE:…/Events/General…

October 20th, 1995. Walter Brown Arena. Travis Roy, a New England product of Tabor Academy, was set to live out his dream as a member of the BU Terriers Ice Hockey team. 11 seconds into his first shift, Roy went awkwardly into the boards, fracturing his C4 and paralyzing him from the neck down. After 2 months in the ICU, Roy wondered how his life would change, whether he would be a burden on his family and whether he would be able to live his life, any kind of life.

Over the past 22 years, Roy has found his purpose. Roy was able to have 24 hour care for the first few years of his recovery, due partially to the generosity of complete strangers. He acknowledges though that this independence is not available to everyone. Many paraplegics cannot afford extensive care, leading to family and friends begrudgingly becoming caregivers; putting a strain on relationships. Roy's foundation, the Travis Roy Foundation, seeks to help those in need of care, as well as stimulate research into the repair of spinal cord injuries.

What initially started as a small foundation able to give 5-6 grants a year, the Travis Roy Foundation (TRF) is now able to give over 150 grants annually. These grants help those who have been paralyzed get back to living an independent and fulfilling life, as Roy has over the past couple decades. From wheelchairs, to home modifications, the grants provided by the TRF take the financial and emotional stress out of a traumatic spinal cord injury.

In addition to grants, the TRF has given several million dollars to research into the field of spinal cord injury repair. Partnering with organizations such as the Christopher Reeve Foundation, the TRF is working with researchers to find a way to reverse paralysis. Programs at Stanford and the Burke Medical Research Institute receive funding from the TRF as well.

I have lost count of the number of years that we have participated in the TRF tournament. It has to be close to a decade now. We keep coming back. In those first years it was a handful of teams raising a few thousand dollars. In 2016 there were 32 teams on 3 fields raising over $600,000. We aim to break that in 2017.

Every time you get out of bed, take a shower, stand up from your keyboard, you take for granted what you have in mobility. Your ability to read this post on your phone or computer without special assistance is more than what many paralyzed individuals can do. Please consider donating to my fundraising page, to give someone the gift of an independent life and one day, a cure. Give Hope.

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