“Anthony Aquan-Assee offers hope to those with a Traumatic Brain Injury: 2015 Urban Hero Award Winner”
Photo: MICHELE WEISZ
In 1997, Anthony Aquan-Assee suffered life-threatening injuries in a motorcycle accident.
Not expected to live, Aquan-Assee defied his prognosis and recovered. He lives with a Traumatic Brain Injury, but with help from his family and through his sheer determination and support from the medical community, Aquan-Assee has gone on to have a life in which he not only thrives, but gives back to those who have had similar experiences.
He decided he wanted to share his gratitude through volunteering to help others like him.
Every Saturday, you’ll find the Mimico area resident at St. Michael’s Hospital volunteering in its Neuro Trauma Intensive Care Unit – the very same unit where he was a patient.
Patients, families, survivors and health-care professionals involved in the neuro trauma intensive care unit are all impacted by Aquan-Assee’s dedication and support, and benefit from his first-hand knowledge of being a patient himself. He has been a volunteer there since 1999, not long after his accident.
Many families hear of Aquan-Assee’s accident and ask him to share his story with them. By doing so, he provides patients with unimaginable hope. It’s often he shares long-lasting bonds with patients.
Aquan-Assee also shares his story of survival and success through writing books.
“Serious crash changes athlete’s life forever”
Toronto Star – By: Prithi Yelaja
Thursday, November 29, 2001
Photo: Peter Power – Toronto Star
Click Picture above to read – “Anthony’s determination leads to a special award for Courage to Come Back”
The Oakville Beaver – By: Scott MacArthur
Wednesday, May 10, 2000
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