News January 2021
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Challenging You to Get Active and Beat the Winter Blahs!
We are excited to offer a safe, new activity challenge for the New Year. Join us from February 20-27, 2021 as we bike, swim, spin, run, walk and wheel together, virtually, across Canada in support of discovery and care at Toronto Rehab.

A COVID-friendly twist on our previous annual Ride for Rehab, this year's Virtual Ride for Rehab Presented by BMO enables you to choose any exercise or activity that you enjoy. You track your distance and together we will traverse the length of the 8,030 km Trans-Canada Highway. Top fundraisers will be eligible for prizes. Register today

Your generosity will help us to ensure that Toronto Rehab can continue to advance rehabilitation that adds years – good quality years – to life for patients and their families.  Patients such as Ride for Rehab event co-founder, Lara Kaufman (in photo at our 2019 Ride). A massive stroke following a ski accident 11 years ago left her paralyzed on the left side of her body. Toronto Rehab taught her to sit, stand and walk again. Her challenge this year is to walk a marathon - 6 km a day - for the week of February 20-27. In this video she asks: What's your challenge? Watch 

From all of us at Toronto Rehab Foundation, we wish you continued good health and safety and hope you will join us for our Virtual Ride for Rehab Presented by BMO.
Conquering Challenges
Proceeds from this year's Virtual Ride for Rehab Presented by BMO will help support the incredible work of our clinicians and scientist who are advancing ways to help people conquer the challenges of disability, illness and aging. We are excited to share some recent accomplishments by our internationally top-ranked KITE Research Institute:

   Congratulations to Dr. Ivan Solano whose perseverance and dedication to successfully defend his thesis on January 8, 2021, and earn his PhD, has inspired us all. Living with a learning disability himself, Dr. Solano has a personal understanding of disability and its impact on people’s everyday lives. His research focuses on assistive technologies, specifically walkers for the elderly. While completing his studies, Dr. Solano was a grateful recipient of the TD Grants in Medical Excellence. Learn more 

In achieving his PhD during these uncertain times, and while drawing strength from his daughter who is battling cancer, Dr. Solano shared the following:  
"One can never underestimate the validating power of belief and empathy and an offer of kind and non-judgmental words in giving that extra push to cross the finish line. During this challenging time, a listening ear or a kind word can really benefit each one of us. We are in this together and it helps if we can put that into action.”

   We also congratulate Dr. Geoffrey R. Fernie who has recently been appointed to the Order of Ontario. The former research director of The KITE Research Institute at Toronto Rehab and the Creaghan Family Chair in Prevention and Healthcare Technologies, is one of only 22 people named to the Order for the 2019 calendar year. 
"This honour is one way of me thanking my supporters by sharing the recognition," says Dr. Fernie. "I think of this award as a “call to action” for me to do even more, and I must work harder to thank the people of Ontario by solving more problems to keep Ontarians healthy and safe."

   Dr. Fernie describes KITE and the Challenging Environment Assessment Laboratories (CEAL) as having built the "institute of (his) dreams". We invite you to take a virtual walk through the CEAL facility
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