Saturday, April 2, 2016 marked the 25th anniversary of the Spinal Tap Bonspiel. This very special curling event started as a small fundraiser for Ryan Durham’s family in 1992, the year after Ryan broke his neck in a diving accident. As we look back on 25 years, and over $600,000 raised for the CSRO, we realize how spinal cord injuries affect not only the individual, but their family and community around them. Lucky for Ryan, and for us, his friends and family have helped to create a lasting fundraiser and annual reunion for the participants. Over its 25 year history, the Spinal Tap Bonspiel has hosted some of the top Celebrity curlers from across Canada, including Jennifer Jones, Glenn Howard, Mike Harris, Joan McCusker, Richard Hart, and even Men With Brooms star actor Paul Gross, who curled in the Spinal Tap while researching his role in the movie. Most importantly, the Spinal Tap Bonspiel is a day of curling, camaraderie, and community, where curlers of all skill levels gather to test their skills on the ice, raise funds for the CSRO, and enjoy a great awards dinner and dance.
The CSRO would like everyone to view the following video announcing the Ryan Durham Fellowship for Spinal Cord Research. Ryan is an ambassador of the Canadian Spinal Research Organization, and chair of Shoot for a Cure Curling. His Spinal Tap Bonspiel has raised over $600,000 in its 25 year history, and this Fellowship not only recognizes Ryan’s contributions, but will fund needed research to help find a cure for paralysis caused by spinal cord injury. We look forward to the next 25 years with Ryan and the Spinal Tap Bonspiel, and to helping those with spinal cord injuries live long, healthy and productive lives.
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