Rally for Rehab raises more than $180,000 for Toronto Rehab

Chloe Angus walking in the exoskeleton from Human In Motion Robotics cutting the ribbon. (Photo: Tim Fraser)
Chloe Angus walking in the exoskeleton from Human In Motion Robotics cutting the ribbon. (Photo: Tim Fraser)

On Sunday, September 10, UHN Foundation hosted the annual Rally for Rehab, presented by BMO, in support of KITE Research Institute at University Health Network’s (UHN’s) Toronto Rehab. More than $180,000 (and counting!) was raised and more than 300 participants, including sponsors, donors, community members, volunteers and TeamUHN gathered at Toronto Rehab’s Rumsey Centre.

The morning was full of activities that included an opening ceremony with warm-ups and stretching, an accessible walk and on site activities for the whole family to enjoy. A highlight of the day was watching spinal cord injury patient Chloe Angus cut the ribbon to start the walk, while walking in an assistive exoskeleton device, her first time walking outside in more than eight years.

UHN’s Toronto Rehab is conducting game-changing research through its research arm, KITE Research Institute, the number-one rehabilitation institute in the world. Scientists at KITE are redefining rehabilitation, developing revolutionary tools, technologies and treatments that help patients reach their rehabilitation goals faster.

Rally for Rehab engages people of all abilities and activity levels and is an exciting way to rally for friends and loved ones who have benefitted from rehabilitation at some point in their lives. Fundraising and participation in this initiative is one of the greatest ways to impact more patients through research happening at KITE.

A special thanks to the presenting sponsor BMO, UHN Foundation Board Member Barbara Muir with fellow Volunteer Committee members Lara Kaufman and Ryan Brandham, event emceee Kevin Rempel, Human In Motion Robotics and everyone who helped to make this year’s Rally for Rehab a success.

“It was wonderful and inspiring to see so many people come out to support this important initiative,” says Barbara. “The funds raised will support life-changing research happening right now at Toronto Rehab. Thank you to everyone who came out to the Rally for Rehab, and to everyone who supported us. Your incredible generosity will enhance the patient rehabilitation journey for tomorrow.”

We’d like to thank all participants and sponsors who demonstrated their gratitude and support for Toronto Rehab. You’ve made a lasting impact on the lives of patients and your contributions ensure we can continue our mission to build a healthier world for all.

Mark your calendars! We are looking forward to seeing you at next year’s Rally for Rehab on Sunday, September 8, 2024. For more information, visit RallyForRehab.ca.

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