Parkwood’s Rick Hansen Relay medal-bearer making a difference

Nov. 25, 2011

Chris Fraser has a very special affiliation with St. Joseph’s Parkwood Hospital, and when she takes part in the Rick Hansen Relay tomorrow  scores of  her colleagues, and current and former patients with a spinal cord injury will be cheering her on. Her determination, courage, and integrity have inspired many with a spinal cord injury to fully live their lives.

Chris injured her spinal cord in 1988 when she was swept off an ocean-side cliff by a rogue wave while traveling in South Africa. After rehabilitation for the injury at Parkwood Hospital, she returned to university and completed her degree in nutrition, then went on to become a registered dietitian.

She has worked in the rehabilitation program at Parkwood Hospital since 1995 as the dietitian for the spinal cord injury and acquired brain injury rehabilitation programs, a role she says allows her to provide support and mentorship to people who have recently become spinal cord injured and their families.

Chris is also an adapted fitness instructor for the seated aerobics class at Parkwood’s Fitness Centre for people with a disability. She is a tireless community advocate for promoting awareness and prevention of spinal cord injury, and spearheaded the Possibilities Project which raises funds for equipment and medical supplies for people in the community who have a spinal cord injury and need financial support.

London is one of the foremost hubs of Rick Hansen Institute-funded projects, and Chris is a member of the team at Parkwood Hospital where researchers and clinicians work together on research initiatives that improve wellness and quality of life for people with spinal cord injury and disability.

“Keeping a positive perspective on life, and making the right choices when confronted with obstacles make all the difference in the world to your quality of life,” says Chris, who is indeed a difference maker.


For more information, please contact:
Anne Kay, Communication,
Parkwood Hospital
Phone: 519 685-4292 ext. 42470
Pager: 519 649-9238

About the Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay:
Launched on August 24, 2011 in Cape Spear, Newfoundland and Labrador, the Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay will retrace the Canadian segment of the original Man In Motion World Tour, traveling 12,000 kilometres, through 600 communities and concluding in Vancouver, British Columbia on May 22, 2012. This time, one will inspire many in motion; engaging 7,000 participants from across Canada who have made their own difference in the lives of others. Please visit

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