2011 Champion’s For A Cure
The CSRO is very fortunate for having such dedicated and compassionate supporters. In 2011, we would like to recognize Ryan Durham, Joseph Falconeri and Kenny Allore, who have all gone above and beyond to support the CSRO and its initiatives for the past decade and for that, the CSRO would like to recognize all three of them as Champions for a Cure. With their support, we will one day soon, find a cure for paralysis.
Ryan Durham started one of our marquee events, The Dominion Mixed Spinal Tap Charity Bonspiel 20 years ago, after meeting current Chairman of the CSRO, Barry Munro in Lyndhurst Hospital, as they were both recovering from spinal cord injuries. Ryan expressed interest in hosting a charity bonspiel to benefit the CSRO and he has continued to do this annually ever since. 2011 marked the 20th Anniversary of the Bonspiel, which reached record heights raising $60,000! Ryan is also an active advocate and volunteer for the CSRO, assisting us at golf tournament and in soliciting donations for our fundraisers. Ryan is continuously contributing to the CSRO, with multiple phone calls to the staff, always proposing new fundraising ideas. His passion towards the charity and the cause is outstanding.
Joseph Falconeri worked with Barry Munro at Aylesworth LLP and quickly became an avid supporter of the CSRO. Joe has continuously supported the CSRO through our fundraising initiatives, always in attendance, and showing his support through sponsorship. Two years ago, Joe and Barry went on to be two of the five partners in Fakconeri Munro Tucci LLP Personal Injury Lawyers. Since then, Joe and FMT have been huge supporters of the CSRO, and Joe has personally stressed the importance of the CSRO to his personal contacts. Over the past two years, Joe has been a committee member for our annual golf tournament in support of the Sunnybrook Centre for Spinal Trauma and those who have attended the event know that Joe does everything in his power to ensure the Live Auction is a huge success. Joe’s dedication to the CSRO is truly admirable.
Kenny Allore suffered a spinal cord injury after a hockey injury 17 years ago. Since then, Kenny and his team of volunteers created Rockin’ Wheel for Spinal Cord Research, an annual music festival that to date has raised over $100,000! Kenny took his love for music and turned it into a great fundraiser, benefiting the CSRO. Kenny’s tireless efforts in planning this event are rewarded every year as he always out does himself in attendance, band performances and money raised. Kenny is a true inspiration to all, as his commitment to finding a cure for paralysis and raising the awareness to prevent spinal cord injuries is exceptional.
On behalf of the CSRO, from the bottom of our hearts, thank you to all three of you for your commitment, your passion and your dedication to our cause, our mission and our initiatives. You are all truly Champions For A Cure.