Life Can Change in an Instant
TORONTO, Sept. 17 /CNW/ - For the 14th year, the Canadian Paraplegic Association Ontario is staging our fun-filled Toronto Wheelchair Relay Challenge. The event is for people with and without disabilities to raise funds for programs and services for people with spinal cord injuries as they re-build their lives.
- At the Toronto Wheelchair Relay Challenge there will be great
potential story ideas and photo opportunities. Here are a few:
- Meet Rob...
Rob is a newly injured, young family man whose friends rallied
together to help him out after his injury. Friends and family
participated in the Ride for Rob - http://www.rideforrob.ca/ raising
money for him and the Canadian Paraplegic Association Ontario. Rob
will be at the Toronto Wheelchair Relay Challenge as a participant.
There will also be opportunities to talk to peer support volunteers
about what it means to be a peer or have one when you are first
- The Wild Wheeled Women...
Six women get together every Thursday night and Sunday afternoon to
work-out, talk about nutrition and support one another in every
healthy way possible. Together they have lost over 125 pounds. Each
happens to use a wheelchair. The Wild Wheeled Women team is getting
together to show their stuff this Sunday to race in the Toronto
Wheelchair Relay Challenge. Interviews can be arranged. Photo Opps
- On our website at www.cpaont.org/media are several personal stories
about people like you and me, whose lives have been affected by a
spinal cord injury. Please feel free to use these stories in your
publication so that others become aware of people in their own
communities living with spinal cord injuries. If you would like to
interview any of these people, please contact me and I will arrange
- Located on our website at www.cpaont.org/media are 6 different
posters of people with spinal cord injuries demonstrating living life
to the fullest. Please use these posters in your publications and
This Sunday, September 20th, at 9 am until 12pm.
Yorkdale Shopping Centre in the north-east parking lot.
- A spinal cord injury can happen to anyone at any time.
- There is approximately one spinal cord injury a day in Ontario.
- The highest incidence of injury is to individuals in the age range of
20-29 and also, to those over 70 years of age.
- A spinal cord injury is one of the most traumatic events that can
happen in a person's life.
- Prior to 1945, only 10% of people who experienced a spinal cord
injury were expected to survive beyond one year. 64 years after the
founding of the Canadian Paraplegic Association, the survival rate of
an individual who sustains an injury is 85-90%.
About the Toronto Wheelchair Relay Challenge:
The Wheelchair Relay Challenge is a major CPA Ontario fundraising initiative. Relays are held in different communities across the province. Funds raised in each community go toward supporting CPA Ontario programs and services in that community. Your support will help us continue to provide people living with a spinal cord injury with the specialized programs and services they need to conquer the physical and psychological barriers to regaining independence, and their subsequent reintegration into society.
Who We Are:
Canadian Paraplegic Association Ontario's mission is to assist people with spinal cord injuries and other physical disabilities to achieve independence, self-reliance and full community participation. Since 1945, CPA Ontario has provided programs and services to people with a spinal cord injury including community counselling, peer to peer support, employment services, attendant services, advocacy support, membership services and information services.
SOURCE Canadian Paraplegic Association Ontario
For further information: For further information: photos, and interviews, please contact: Gillian Lynne-Davies, Communications Coordinator, Canadian Paraplegic Association Ontario, (T) (416) 422-5644 x 212, (C) (416) 671-3189, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org