Partnership with the Centre for Spinal Trauma at Sunnybrook
A collaborative gift from Falconeri Munro Tucci llp and the Canadian Spinal Research Organization founded Sunnybrook’s new Centre for Spinal Trauma, which launched in May 2010. The first of its kind in Canada, the Centre for Spinal Trauma is headed by Dr. Joel Finkelstein, an orthopaedic spine surgeon with Sunnybrook’s Holland Musculoskeletal Program.
The milestone gift allows Sunnybrook to unify its expertise in orthopaedic spine care, trauma and neurotrauma programs. By doing this, the Centre helps Sunnybrook continue to provide unmatched patient care while seeking a cure for spinal cord injuries. In the future, the Centre aims to conduct research and clinical trials in spine care and spinal cord injury.
The partners of FMT llp were inspired to donate to Sunnybrook after experiencing positive and life-altering patient care at the Hospital. Over 20 years ago, Barry Munro (retired) sustained a spinal cord injury in an accident which resulted in quadriplegia. Since then, he has become a tireless advocate for neurotrama research and spine care.
As the largest centre for orthopaedic surgery in Canada, Sunnybrook treats more than 150 spinal fractures every year. The Hospital is a leader in spine fracture repair and in the development of innovations such as computer-aided orthopaedic surgery. Sunnybrook’s spine program is the driving force behind the Division of Spinal Surgery at the University of Toronto.
Other Community Initiatives
As a premiere partner of the Canadian Spinal Research Organization, FMT llp is dedicated to serving the community. In addition, FMT llp partners are actively involved in various Board of Director positions, as well as community based campaigns. Here is a selection of the various organizations that FMT llp supports:
- Board members of the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation whose mission it is to work with consumers, researchers, practitioners, policy and decision makers to create not only a research agenda but a knowledge mobilization agenda to create the necessary changes to reduce and/or eliminate this devastating injury and to improve the quality of life for those Ontarians living with a neurotrauma injury.
- Brain Injury Society of Toronto, which supports acquired brain injury survivors and their family members. Membership is open to anyone in the community with an interest in the challenges that come with living with the effects of brain injury.
- Founding members of the Ontario Brain Injury Association, an organization that is focused on enhancing the lives of Ontarians living with the effects of acquired brain injury through education, awareness and support.
- Board Member of the Diabetes Hope Foundation, whose mission is to enhance the lives of children and adolescents living with diabetes.