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OUR BEGINNING... Canadian HERO was officially incorporated on November 8th, 2002 as a fully Registered Public Charity. By incorporating ourselves this way, we are required to direct a minimum of 80% of all donations directly to charity. Canadian HERO is proud to have far surpassed that minimum requirement and, to date, has directed over 99% of all our donations directly to charity.
OUR FOUNDER... The Canadian Hand Emulation Research Organization was set in motion by its Founder and President, Davio DiMonte, as a direct result of an accident on September 19th, 2001 that left him an amputee. In that accident Davio saved his brother's life by jumping in front of a falling tree and using both hands to stop the tree from crushing his brother to death. Fortunately his brother was saved any serious injury but Davio almost died from the damage that tree delivered and despite several surgeries, doctors were unable to save his right hand. In 2002 Davio was invited to attend an open session of Council at the Town of Markham Civic Centre. During that council session the Deputy Mayor, Frank Scarpitti, presented Davio with a Commendation, from the Governor General of Canada. In 2004 Davio completed another amazing milestone. After less then two years as an amputee Davio was able to prove that drive, dedication and determination can overcome any obstacle. Davio was able to turn loss into gain as he fought for and earned a spot on the Canadian National Amputee Hockey Team and became a after Team Canada won the Gold Medal in the ISIHF World Hockey Championships.
OUR GOALS... Canadian HERO has many goals, aspirations, ambitions and dreams. Ultimately we aim to advance the frontiers of science and medicine so that in the future no injury ever ends with a person becoming an amputee. We also hope to advance the frontiers of technology based assistive devices so that no amputee will ever have to face the cold hard truth that many assistive devices are heavy, awkward, uncomfortable and extremely overpriced. Canadian HERO also hopes to educate the able bodied public to dispel the perception that: the wonderful potential of a prototypical device on a television special is reality; when in fact these devices are often not actually available to amputees and can cost enormous amounts. Raising the quality of prosthetics, myoelectrics, sensory bionics, hand surgeries, skin grafting procedures, and raising the knowledge levels of both the medical and non-medical communities are of paramount importance to Canadian HERO.
FINANCIAL AID... Canadian HERO is pleased to offer personal financial assistance to individuals who have suffered a full or partial hand amputation or have diminished use of one or both hands. This program was created specifically to help cover any costs applied directly to an individual who requires a new Prosthetic hand or Myoelectric hand and can not afford the needed device. This program hopes to help all those who, for one reason or another, have fallen through the cracks and can not afford the devices they need to improve their quality of life. For more information on this program please Contact Us right away.
SCHOLARSHIPS... Through the dedication of our Directors and Volunteers and the generous support of our Donors we have officially launched the Canadian HERO at York University Scholarship Program. Each year this program will help students to better cope with the added expense and encumbrances of participating in the academic community with an amputated hand or the diminished use of one or both hands. At least one student every year, for as long as the university exists, will be presented with the Canadian HERO Bursary. If you or someone you know would like to apply for this Bursary please let us know. The official amount of the 2013 Bursary was $ 1,290.00 which has been presented to the recipient. 2012 Bursary was $ 1,290.00 which has been presented to the recipient. The official amount of the 2011 Bursary was $ 1,285.00 which has been presented to the recipient. The official amount of the 2010 Bursary was $ 1,031.00 which has been presented to the recipient. The official amount of the 2009 Bursary was $ 1,275.00 which has been presented to the recipient. The official amount of the 2008 Bursary was $ 1,290.00 which has been presented to the recipient. The official amount of the 2007 Bursary was $ 1,275.00 which has been presented to the recipient. The official amount of the 2006 Bursary was $ 1,250.00 which has been presented to the recipient. The official amount of the 2005 Bursary was $ 1,125.00 which has been presented to the recipient.
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