Rocket Ride raises an incredible $210,000

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Music, energy and team spirit pulsated through Toronto’s downtown this past Saturday, signaling the return of Rocket Ride for Rehab to Nathan Phillips Square in support of incredible discoveries and care at Toronto Rehab.

After being declared “Officially Amazing” by setting a Guinness World Record last year, this one-of-a-kind spinning experience saw Toronto Rehab researchers, clinicians and staff cycling alongside patients, friends and family.

Led by some of Toronto’s top – and most enthusiastic spin instructors - together, 300 spinners raised $210,000 to help ensure that Toronto Rehab is equipped to tackle many of today’s most critical health issues such as heart disease, brain injury, stroke, pain, dementia, elder care, and so much more. 

Rocket Ride for Rehab was founded in 2015 by fellow stroke rehab patients Lara Kaufman and Howard Rocket, who sought a way to give back after the life-changing care they received at Toronto Rehab. Howard Rocket’s team, RocketMan, continued to top the fundraising leaderboard, raising over $54,000 this year alone.

Watch Lara and Howard’s interview on Boom 97.3 FM 

“Toronto Rehab gave me back my life,” Howard tells those who are inspired by his continuing recovery, now over 20 years since he suffered a massive stroke. “I’ll never be able to repay that debt - but with your help we can try!”

Thank you to this year’s Signature Sponsor, BMO, and to all of the incredible sponsors, participants, volunteers and supporters. There is still time to help our teams reach their fundraising goals. Please visit www.rocketride4rehab.com.

Events such as Rocket Ride for Rehab play a vital role in bolstering the infrastructure that Toronto Rehab requires to turn the ideas of our clinicians and scientists into home, community, and hospital-based advancements and innovations. It also helps spotlight their great work, so that the wider community is beginning to understand the amazing work and care that takes place at Toronto Rehab – a place Where Incredible Happens.

In Photo (l-r): Event founders Lara Kaufman and Howard Rocket with Howard’s daughter and spin instructor, Dana Rocket.