August 11, 2017
With the release of its annual results today, the Stan Cassidy Foundation announced that it more than doubled grant disbursements over the previous year – from $160,000 in 2015-2016 to $380,000 in 2016-2017.
“Thanks to donor support and prudent financial management, we’ve been able to increase support for initiatives that impact the lives of patients,” said Stan Cassidy Foundation Chair John Travis. “Through our grants, we’ve provided direct support for individual patients, funded research and professional education to raise the standard of patient care, and augmented available tools and equipment for the expert practitioners at the Stan Cassidy Centre.”
Grants by the foundation over the past year include:
• More than $242,500 in direct patient support through Community Grants programs (includes providing 150 Care + Comfort grants, 70 pieces of gently-used mobility equipment through the Equipment Recycling Program, and 20 customized bikes through the Bikes ’n’ Trikes Program as well as hosting the annual Patient Christmas Party).
• More than $32,500 in research and education grants (includes funding a study to standardize pain assessment and management for spinal cord injury patients and sending Stan Cassidy experts to leading international conferences to learn about innovations and best practices in their chosen disciplines to advance excellence in patient care).
• More than $79,000 in equipment grants (includes funding adult physiotherapy gym equipment, a wheelchair bus shared with the Veteran’s Health Unit, patient and family wireless Internet access at the Centre and Kiwanis House Hostel, and equipment and research required to establish the first accessible gaming service in Canada).
• More than $14,000 to continue exploring commercializing assistive devices.
2016-2017 also marked a milestone year for both Centre and the Foundation, with 2016 marking the 10th anniversary of the new rehabilitation building, and 2017 marking 60 years of perpetuating Stan Cassidy’s legacy.
“We’re proud to continue Stan Cassidy’s vision to provide help, support and hope for people to help them face and conquer some of life’s most debilitating injuries and daunting illnesses,” said Travis. “Thank you to each and every one of our donors, volunteers, and community partners that help make this possible.”
For more information on projects funded through the Stan Cassidy Foundation, visit www.stancassidyfoundation.ca/projects.
About the Stan Cassidy Foundation
The Stan Cassidy Foundation is a registered charity that directly benefits the day-to-day lives of Stan Cassidy patients and their families by raising funds for direct patient support programs, research and education, and building and equipment. Our focus is always on patient care, helping people to recover from illness, overcome obstacles and adapt to change circumstances.
For more information, contact:
506-443-2151 | 506-238-4555 (cell)