Building on progress and a vision for spinal cord injuries
From Friday's Globe and Mail
Published Friday, Nov. 18, 2011 2:00AM EST

Last Saturday, The Globe and Mail ran a story on Tracy Dort-Kyne, an Ontario mother of three who suffered a spinal cord injury after a cycling accident in September. I was fortunate to meet Tracy this month at Lyndhurst Hospital, where we spoke about her current situation and her future. I was touched by Tracy’s story – and impressed by her passion and conviction for a future where she’ll continue to be a participating member of society.

Spinal cord injury is one of the world’s major unsolved health-care challenges, affecting not only the individuals who live with it but also their families. It requires specialized treatment and long-term care, amounting to billions of dollars annually in Canada. As Tracy’s story illustrates, once surgery and rehabilitation are complete, the challenges faced can be relentless – from painful secondary health complications to multiple barriers to reintegration.