Ferrari & Associates donates $5000 to Paving a Way to a Cure Campaign!

Thank you to Ferrari & Associates Insurance & Financial Services for their generous donation of $5,000 to our Paving the Way for a Cure campaign!

Paving the Way for a Cure is a campaign to raise funds for a Canadian Epidural Stimulation study. The end result could be a cure for paralysis caused by spinal cord injury. To fund one candidate, it will cost $25,000. This donation gets us one step closer!

Paving the Way for a Cure campaign receives $25,000 donation from Wawanesa Insurance

This week, the Canadian Spinal Research Organization (CSRO) received a $25,000 donation from Wawanesa insurance. This generous donation will support the ‘Paving a Way for a Cure’ campaign and Wawanesa will sponsor one subject in an upcoming study on epidural stimulation.

Our Paving the Way for a Cure campaign was kicked off last fall with an initial $25,000 donation by the Insurance Bureau of Canada (IBC) and the insurance industry has continued its support with Wawanesa’s sponsoring of 1 candidate for an epidural stimulation study.

Each candidate in the study requires $25,000 to be funded and to be part of the study – and that is the focus of our Paving the Way for a Cure campaign, with the funding of our first candidate we have achieved our first success!  Thanks so much to Wawanesa Insurance for being one of the first to help us kick off this important campaign that will ultimately fund 40 candidates for this study.

Research shows that 43% of spinal cord injuries are caused by motor vehicle crashes, and through our ‘Paving the Way for a Cure’ campaign, we are uniting the aid and the interests of the Road Building, Auto Parts Manufacturers, Personal Injury Law, and Auto Insurance industries. The CSRO is aiming to fund a Canadian Epidural Stimulation study through this campaign. The potential outcome of this study could be a cure for paralysis caused by spinal cord injury. The cost to fund 40 candidates for an Epidural Stimulation Study is $1,000,000. With 40 candidates at $25,000 each, the CSRO is hoping to secure $250,000 from each associated industry.


Epidural Stimulation

Epidural Stimulation is the application of a continuous electrical current to the lower part of the spinal cord. The stimulation is carried out via a chip implanted over the dura (protective coating) of the spinal cord, or secured transcutaneously (above the skin). Studies that have been conducted in the United States have not only shown improvements of the motor system but also better function of the autonomic nerve system including:


  • Overall improvement in quality of life
  • Temperature regulation
  • Enhanced sexual function
  • Increased bladder control

Thanks to Wawanesa for their generous donation, 1 down 39 more to go!


About Wawanesa:

Wawanesa Insurance is a Canadian mutual company owned by its policyholders. It is one of the largest property and casualty insurers in Canada. Wawanesa has a rich history dating back to September 25, 1896, when it was founded in the Village of Wawanesa, Manitoba. Today executive offices are located in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Wawanesa delivers funding support to over 400 charitable organizations each year. In 2015 their annual corporate giving totaled $3 million – well above internationally recognized benchmarks for excellence in corporate philanthropy.

MTO Reconnection Golf Tournament 2018

The 11th Annual MTO Reconnection Tournament was held at Cardinal Golf Club on June 11th, and it was a tremendous success. MTO employees, retirees, and other notable members of the road-building community all came out to show their support for Carl Hennum & the CSRO/ASRO. Carl, who was an Assistant Deputy Minister at the time of his retirement, worked for 40 years at the MTO. It was shortly after his retirement that he had an accident on his property, and suffered a spinal cord injury leaving him a paraplegic.

What began as fundraiser for Carl has now become an annual event, and 11 years since retiring Carl’s presence is still felt in the industry today. There were numerous accounts from people who had never met Carl but admired his work and attended to support him. In 2016, the CSRO/ASRO created the Carl Hennum Fellowship for spinal cord research and thanks to over 90 golfers and corporate sponsors, we ended up raising over $27,000 for the fellowship this year.

Since its inception, this tournament has now raised over $300,000 towards crucial research to restore function to those living with spinal cord injuries. In order to continue to grow the tournament we implemented some fantastic changes. Instead of the traditional putting contest, golfers participated in a golf dartboard competition; the winner of the contest achieved an amazing score of 121, hitting two triple twenties in the process. There was also more of an emphasis on networking and making new connections this year. Rather than a dinner, everyone gathered for a reception where industry members got together to network and celebrate the event.

We would like to thank all the golfers, corporate sponsors and especially the organizing committee for all their hard work, dedication and efforts that were put into making this a successful annual tournament!

If you want to see more pictures of the tournament head to our Facebook Page @CSROASRO


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