Wheel-to-Walk Marathon has Caledonia connection


UPDATE: Wheel to Walk Canada blog now online! Read notes and thoughts from the team as they cross Canada on a fundraising campaign to support one of the most exciting advances in medicine in history – spinal cord regeneration.

Since we have been involved in the struggle to end race-based policing in Ontario, there have been a number of people who have stood up with us, people who have been there for nearly every protest event. One of them is Jim Anderson, step-father of Caledonia music store owner Chris Syrie who has also stood up against political and policing malfeasance as he tried to build a new music school on land he owns beside the occupied Douglas Creek Estates. 

Jim has been there all along the way for us. Now, he has decided to give up his time to help a very worthwhile charity by providing technical support for a cross-Canada fundraising drive by four wheelchair athletes to raise money for some very promising spinal cord research being led by McMaster University. The medical team behind the research has made a very important breakthrough in regenerating spinal cord cells and expects to be able to help repair damaged cords in humans within 5 years!

The trip lasts 88 days, beginning June 10/08 in Victoria, BC and ending up in St. John’s NL on Sept 05/08. Jim has offered to provide email updates to VoC throughout the trip. Their goal is to raise $10,000,000. You can learn more about the marathon and the research it supports at www.WheeltoWalkCanada.org. Be sure to see the ‘Marathon’ movie that explains how close the program is to being able to repair spinal cords in humans. And, don’t forget to check out the ‘Donations’ link, too!

We are very proud to call Jim our friend so, on behalf of VoiceofCanada and the Canadian Advocates for Charter Equality, I wish Jim and the Wheel-to-Walk Marathon the very best of success!

Mark Vandermaas, Editor
Director of Research
Canadian Advocates for Charter Equality 


2 responses to “Wheel-to-Walk Marathon has Caledonia connection

  1. Jim Anderson

    Mark thanks for the support and kind words.

    I would encourage all of your readers to review the http://www.wheeltowalkcanada.org site especially the video.

    This research is very important to everyone bound to wheelchairs throughout the world.

    Once the human clinical trials are completed we will surely see handicapped people rise up from out of their wheelchairs and walk again.

    We do need the support of all our fellow Canadians to ensure the doctors working on this monumental project get the money needed to fund this very important research.

    One of the members of our board is 24 years old and had returned from Afganistan a quadraplegic due to a bullet wound to the neck.

    Chris Klodt has given all of us the inspiration to complete this cross Canada Marathon to give him the chance to walk again.

    Thanks for the space on your site and all of the support you have offered.

    I would like to challenge all who read this board to pledge monetary support and when you do please attach a note saying you heard about it on Marks Board. It will only take a $2.00 donation from every Canadian for us to reach our goal of $10,000,000.00.

    Jim Anderson.

    VoC REPLY: Hi Jim. Like most people I had no idea that such groundbreaking research was being done right in our own backyards until you explained it to me. Mark

  2. Diane Rose aka Slider

    How do we get forms so we can do some monetary collections for this event?

    I have about 20 very willing teenagers who would love to go out and raise money for the programme.

    VoC REPLY: Hi Diane/Slider. I’ve sent you a letter, cc’d to Jim Anderson and their fundraising director. I’ve suggested to them that they might want to create a PDF form with donation instructions since they don’t have one now. I’m sure they’ll be in contact with you. Jim tells me that he passes on all comments to the athletes, so I know they’ll be very pleased to hear of your offer. Thanks! Regards, Mark