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Feb 15, 2023

Travis Roy—a 20-year-old hockey player with a promising future—sustained a life-changing injury in October 1995. 11 seconds into his first game as a Freshman at Boston University, a freak accident drove him into the boards, leaving him paralyzed from the neck down. It ended his career and changed his life forever. 

As his accident became national news, an entire country became his fan club, cheering him on as he adjusted to daily life and rooting for him when he established the Travis Roy Foundation, dedicated to research and one-on-one assistance for spinal injury cases.

Six years ago, after his dad suffered a spinal cord injury, Scott Litner launched the Travis Roy Hockey Classic. This event brings hockey players from all over the country to skate together at Madison Square Garden to honor and remember Travis while raising money for spinal cord injuries. 

Dr. Randy Trumbower is the Executive Director of the Travis Roy Center for Enhancing Functional Independence and the Director of the INSPIRE Laboratory at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital.

Lee Roy, Travis’s father, will also be joining us in this episode. They’ve turned the events in Travis’s life into some great work to help those affected by spinal cord injuries everywhere and work toward a cure. 

You will want to hear this episode if you are interested in...

  • Lee shares Travis’s story and how his passion became his purpose [5:23]
  • Why Travis’s outlook after his injury resonated with others [10:42] 
  • Scott shares how the Travis Roy Hockey Classic came to be [14:00] 
  • Dr. Trumbower shares the mission of the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital [17:41] 
  • The future of spinal cord research and working toward a cure [21:17]
  • How The Travis Roy Foundation became part of Spaulding [24:16] 
  • What can you do to support the mission of Spaulding [28:03] 
  • Learn more about supporting the Travis Roy Hockey Classic [30:16] 
  • What Lee hopes Travis’ legacy will teach others [32:22] 
  • What Dr. Trumbower, Scott, and Lee did today that brought them joy [34:27]

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