Wheelchair challenge helps raise awareness

Published: May 26, 2013  |  Source: bramptonguardian.com
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6th Annual Chair-Leaders CampaignOTTAWA — Brampton West MP Kyle Seeback was one of more than two dozen federal politicians who participated in the 6th Annual Chair-Leaders Campaign Friday.

The fundraising campaign, organized by Spinal Cord Injury Canada, is held to raise awareness for people living with spinal cord injuries. Every year, Canadians get together to spend the day in a wheelchair and experience the challenges of accessibility. This year, organizers also wanted to celebrate ability.

This year, 26 parliamentarians were challenged to spend the day in a wheelchair.

“Today gave me perspective on the daily challenges faced by people in a chair,” said Seeback. “Experiencing this change to mobility, I have much respect and admiration for those who are determined not to let an injury define their life.”

More than 86,000 Canadians are reportedly living with a spinal cord injury and there are an estimated 4,300 new cases each year.

Campaign efforts this year raised $56,194, according to organizers. The event marked the end of a national fundraising campaign for Spinal Cord Injury Canada that took place during the month of May.

“Fundraising is very important because we will never get enough money to advance the cause otherwise,” said Myrtle Jenkins-Smith, president of Spinal Cord Injury Canada.

Brampton Guardian