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 www.canace.ca