Tim Giblin

In 1997, at 30 years of age, Tim Giblin experienced a cerebral aneurism. He was not expected to survive, but he did thanks to Toronto Rehab.

When he arrived at Toronto Rehab, he was very sick. He received inpatient and outpatient therapy for a year from Toronto Rehab’s team of specialists. "Seeing others discharged from the hospital gave me hope and inspired me to succeed": He arrived on a stretcher, but returned home on his own two feet.

Seeing other patients’ successes today still provides him with a great deal of hope. “It is amazing how courageous these individuals are,” he says.

The best way to express his gratitude is to donate and to volunteer at Toronto Rehab.

“This institution gave me my life back. I want to contribute in any way I can,” he says.

Thirteen years later, his volunteer work providing tours of Toronto Rehab’s world-leading research facility iDAPT remains immensely rewarding. “As a result of my injury, I know what people are going through and I am moved to help them.”

Living with a brain injury and recovering at Toronto Rehab has taught Tim so much. “I have discovered who I am,” he says. “I encourage the individuals I meet at Toronto Rehab to stay positive because there are so many people who care about their future.”

Tim is a true testament to the great work of Toronto Rehab and Toronto Rehab Foundation.  Tim’s love for the hospital and compassion for its patients won Tim the first round of the 2014 Scotiabank Game Changers competition, an award that recognizes outstanding individuals who make a difference in their communities. 

“I am living proof that donor support really does profoundly change lives.”

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