I want to encourage courage.
Your generosity is a tremendous benefit to the patients and programs at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital.
To many, losing a limb can be a dark time in someone’s life. For Doug Campbell – a recent amputee and Glenrose patient – becoming an amputee meant joining a new, supportive community he never knew existed.
Doug’s Glenrose journey began when he suffered a freak accident that resulted in a compound break, and eventual infection. After nearly three years of surgeries, surgeons proceeded with an amputation.
After time some time recovering, Doug began his inpatient treatment at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital – where his care team expected him to spend 4-6 weeks.
"My treatment began the minute I got there,” says Doug. "I arrived, sat down, and my prosthetist and physiotherapist were already standing in front of me. We went right down to the physiotherapy room. 50 hours later I was taking my first step.”
After two weeks of comprehensive rehabilitative care, including sessions on the CAREN (Computer-Assisted Rehabilitation Environment) which simulated a real-world environment to prepare him for stepping back into the real world, Doug left the Glenrose as a patient. He began volunteering as peer support for current Glenrose patients and being involved with the amputee community, including the Alberta Amputee Sports & Recreation Association (AASRA).
"The Glenrose is ultimately responsible for allowing me to do the activities that I am right now,” says Doug. "This year I’ve chosen to volunteer for the Syncrude Oil Country Championship. I want to show that regardless of a missing leg or amputation you can still go out and do things like this in the community.”
Funds raised at this year’s Syncrude Oil Country Championship – presented by Aecon – are supporting the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation’s efforts to provide leading edge rehabilitative care.
"I support the tournament because it’s fundraising for the Glenrose – a place that meant so much for my recovery. I will volunteer every day of the week for that.”
"My life would have been a lot different without them, and it’s given my life back.”
In 2011, Ethan was playing street hockey with his friends on a driveway. When he went to retrieve the ball, he fell into a bush. Once at the hospital, doctors determined that a branch had entered his brain through his right eye orbit, paralyzing the left side of his body.
At only 10 years old, he underwent two surgeries and spent weeks in intensive care.
When Ethan came to the Glenrose, he spent 5 months using tools like the Lokomat (robot legs) and the Courage in Motion Centre to help him regain his balance and movement. He learned to walk again, and hug again; and received encouragement from other patients, his family, his Glenrose team, and hockey coaches and players, to keep working toward his goals.
Now a grade 11 student, Ethan plays trumpet in a
concert band, is learning to play bass guitar, and is an avid
sledge-hockey player. He continues to challenge himself and is living
life to the fullest. He continues to work on his recovery through the
Glenrose and other activities, and hopes one day to become an engineer.