Since 1999, Anthony has been a dedicated volunteer in the Neuro-Trauma Intensive Care Unit (NT-ICU) at St. Michael’s Hospital in downtown Toronto. This is the same ICU that witnessed his miraculous recovery. Anthony volunteers in this ICU to give back to St. Michael’s Hospital for giving him the gift of a Second Life and a Second Chance.
Almost every Friday, Anthony supports the families and visitors, the nursing staff and the doctors in the ICU. He shows families to the bedsides of their loved ones, and offers comfort and support to those who seek solace. He gives hope to the families by relaying his own story of recovery and conveying his personal motto:
“Never Give Up” – “Where There is Despair, There is Hope”.
Anthony Aquan-Assee volunteers at the Trauma and Neurosurgery Intensive Care Unit of St. Michael’s Hospital. He is a 2015 Urban Hero Award Winner. Photo/MICHELE WEISZ
Volunteering has helped Anthony learn many new skills. In addition, volunteering in the NT-ICU has greatly helped Anthony with his cognitive rehabilitation following his severe TBI.
In the 20 years that Anthony has Volunteered in the Neuro-Trauma Intensive Care Unit he has witnessed the amazing survival of patients, like himself, who had sustained severe Traumatic Brain Injuries.
A Traumatic Brain Injury Survivor is a very special and unique person gifted with the miracle of a“Second Life and a Second Chance“ and will forever walk a Road Less Traveled !