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A message from the author of “A Stroke of Luck” is an inspiring request for support.
January 20th, 2015

A message from the author of “A Stroke of Luck” is an inspiring request for support.

My friend, Dr. Howard Rocket, who is a very innovative and successful businessperson, has been fighting an inspiring battle of recovery from a stroke that left him paralysed several years ago. He sent me this message which I am sharing with you.  Please consider his request. 

As you know, in October 1995 I experienced a massive stroke weeks after a blow to my head during a touch football game. Survival was just the beginning and Toronto Rehab was where I began.

When you have a stroke, you think at first you will be permanently limited. Toronto Rehab taught me that I was still able to do things, but that I just have to do them differently. They gave me the tools to become independent again.

Toronto Rehab gave me my life back and I will continue to give back to Toronto Rehab for the rest of my life to help others who have experienced a stroke or spinal cord injury recapture their potential.

I am pleased to let you know I will be participating in the Rocket Ride 4 Rehab fundraising spinathon on Saturday, April 25 in support of The Rocket Family Upper Extremity Clinic at Toronto Rehab.

My goal is to raise $10,000 and I need your help. Any level of support you are able to give is greatly appreciated. Just click on the link below and it will take you to my personal page where you can sponsor me.

If you would like to donate over the phone, please call Robyn Short at the Toronto Rehab Foundation at 416.597.3422x3735.

If you would like to ride alongside me, please visit this website below to register today!


Thank you for your consideration.



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