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Passing of Dave Lostchuck

Feb 15, 2017 by Caitlin Terry Comments: 1

The CSRO is sad to announce Dave Lostchuck, one of its longtime volunteer, board member and treasurer has passed away. He will be sadly missed, our hearts and condolences go out to his family. http://www.eganfuneralhome.com/2017/david-john-lostchuck/ Read More

Primates Regain Control of Paralyzed Limb

Dec 05, 2016 by Caitlin Terry Comments: 0

“Non-human primates regain control of their paralyzed leg ­– as early as six days after spinal cord injury – thanks to a neuroprosthetic interface that acts as a wireless bridge between the brain and spine, bypassing the injury. A feasibility clinical study has begun in Switzerland to test the therapeutic effects of the spine-part of the interface in people with spinal cord injury.” Read more about the study and watch the amazing video here! Read More

SCI Research Today: Teaser Video Release

Oct 29, 2016 by Caitlin Terry Comments: 0

  SCI Research Today has a teaser video to give you a better idea of what you can look forward to! Check out the video here, and make sure you subscribe to our Youtube channel so you are aware when new videos are released! Join our email list to get the exact release date of our first video!   Read More

9 years + $250,000 = One Great Event

Jun 15, 2016 by Bill Neilson Comments: 0

  The 9th Annual MTO Reconnection Golf Tournament was held on Monday, June 13, 2016, with proceeds benefiting the CSRO. We had 120 golfers enjoy a cool but dry day at Cardinal Golf Club’s East Wing course, followed by some time to re-hydrate and re-connect with friends and former co-workers. This annual event was created in honor of Carl Hennum, a former Assistant Deputy Minister, and 40 year employee with the MTO, who suffered a spinal cord injury shortly after his retirement from MTO. The tournament is a way for current and former employees of MTO to “reconnect” with others in the road building and construction industry. This year, the MTO Reconnection tournament raised just over $25,000 for the Carl Hennum Fellowship, which will benefit research to help find a cure for paralysis due to spinal cord injuries. To date, the event has raised just over $250,000 for the CSRO. See below for a video celebrating the Carl Hennum Fellowship. Carl Hennum Fellowship Read More

9th Annual MTO Reconnection Golf Tournament

May 31, 2016 by Bill Neilson Comments: 0

  June 13, 2016 marks the 9th Annual MTO Reconnection Golf Tournament, with proceeds benefiting the CSRO. This tournament was created in honor of Carl Hennum, a former Assistant Deputy Minister, and 40 year employee with the MTO, who suffered a spinal cord injury shortly after his retirement from MTO. The tournament is a way for current and former employees of MTO to “reconnect” with others in the road building and construction industry. This year, CSRO announces the creation of the Carl Hennum Fellowship for spinal cord research. Please view the short video below for details: Carl Hennum Fellowship Video Read More

Celebrating 10 Years of the P.I. Law Charity Hockey Challenge!

What an incredible way to ring in 10 years of this successful hockey tournament! Six full teams took on the ice for a chance to win the infamous Collins Barrow Cup at the 10th Annual P.I. Law Charity Hockey Challenge. This event features Plaintiffs and Defendants in the Personal Injury Law community battling it out for the Collins Barrow Cup. We were fortunate to have almost 100 participants skating for spinal cord injury research. Held on Thursday, April 7th at Canlan Ice Sports Etobicoke, the event brought in $52,138.29 for our Shoot for a Cure Campaign. Congratulations to the team from Zuber & Co. for beating out the LoFranco Corriero team on a tight final match and winning the gold! We would like to thank Michael Henry and the team at Howie, Sacks & Henry LLP for their organizing efforts! Thank you to our sponsors, donors and participants for your support in this great event. Read More

25 Years of curling at Spinal Tap & the Ryan Durham Fellowship

Mar 08, 2016 by Bill Neilson Comments: 0

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 […] Read More

Donate A Photo with CSRO

Feb 12, 2016 by Bill Neilson Comments: 0

    Barry Munro, Chief Development Officer of the Canadian Spinal Research Organization (CSRO), announces that the CSRO’s Shoot For A Cure program has teamed with Johnson & Johnson in this genius and fun program in support of raising funds for Neurotrauma Research. We are incredibly excited to be a part of Johnson & Johnson’s Donate a Photo initiative. Johnson & Johnson Inc. has pledged to donate $1 for every photo uploaded through the free Donate a Photo app available through the App Store and Google Play. Available in the USA, Johnson & Johnson’s free Donate a Photo app allows individuals to raise money for a cause of their choice. You can donate one photo per day until the donation period ends on April 26, 2016, or until we reach the maximun donation amount. Shoot For A Cure will still receive the minimum donation even if the total raised is below the minimum goal. This is such a great and easy way to participate in raising money for wonderful and necessary causes at absolutely no cost! Take a snap and donate a photo today! For more information visit the Donate a Photo website. Read More

CSRO Magazine – 2015 in Review

Nov 29, 2015 by ChrisC Comments: 0

It is with great pleasure and honour that I have the opportunity, once again, to introduce the Canadian Spinal Research Organization (CSRO) annual magazine. As you are aware, the CSRO is aligned in a strategic partnership with the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation (ONF). Kent Bassett-Spiers, Chief Executive Officer for both ONF and CSRO, continues to work tireless- ly to build the necessary collaborative relationships worldwide to execute a robust research agenda. Both Boards of Directors felt that it was necessary to increase the fundraising activity of the CSRO to be aligned with the necessary funding needs. Barry Munro Chief Development Officer Canadian Spinal Research Organization Read More

Understanding Spinal Cord Injuries

Nov 26, 2015 by ChrisC Comments: 0

Vertebrae are grouped into sections. The higher the injury on the spinal cord, the more dysfunction can occur. High-Cervical Nerves (C1 – C4) Most severe of the spinal cord injury levels Paralysis in arms, hands, trunk and legs Patient may not be able to breathe on his or her own, cough, or control bowel or bladder movements. Ability to speak is sometimes impaired or reduced. When all four limbs are affected, this is called tetraplegia or quadriplegia. Requires complete assistance with activities of daily living, such as eating, dressing, bathing, and getting in or out of bed May be able to use powered wheelchairs with special controls to move around on their own Will not be able to drive a car on their own Requires 24-hour-a-day personal care Low-Cervical Nerves (C5 – C8) Corresponding nerves control arms and hands. A person with this level of injury may be able to breathe on their own and speak normally. C5 injury Person can raise his or her arms and bend elbows. Likely to have some or total paralysis of wrists, hands, trunk and legs Can speak and use diaphragm, but breathing will be weakened Will need assistance with most activities of daily […] Read More