Daily Archives: June 8, 2006
LEOMINSTER — The roar of the crowd, his coach’s tap on the shoulder, the face-off right beforehand.
Travis Roy, a former Boston University hockey player, remembers every moment of the minutes leading to his life-changing accident — including the moment when he couldn’t feel his glove–covered hand moving and he realized the extent of his injury.
People making a difference in the lives of people with spinal cord injury is the driving force behind the Comox Valley Wheels in Motion event this Sunday — and Jim Milina is the man leading that drive.
“We’re trying to come up with strategies for preventing the severity of injury in the short term,” Milina said. “And in the long term, getting people like me out of these chairs once and for all.”
Milina has been a quadriplegic since 1981 when he was injured during an indoor demonstration of freestyle skiing at a Toronto ski show. At the time, he was 18 years old and the B.C. senior men’s freestyle champion. Now, he runs his own media communications business and is an ambassador for Rick Hansen’s Man In Motion Foundation, the organization that started the event in 2003.