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.
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