Travis Roy Foundation Donates Advanced Exercise Equipment

May 28, 2014

Contact:  Michael Carrese
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BURLINGTON, VT – The Travis Roy Foundation today donated advanced stair climbing equipment to Fletcher Allen’s inpatient rehabilitation facility on the Fanny Allen campus in Colchester.  The Dynamic Stair Trainer (DST) allows therapists to adjust the height of stairs incrementally to meet the needs of each patient, an improvement over the care that can be provided with steps that have a fixed height.

“Climbing stairs is essential to living a normal life, but it is very challenging for many of our patients,” said Roger Knakal, MD, medical director of Rehabilitation Medicine at Fletcher Allen. “With the DST, our weakest patients can start stair training earlier, and we can tailor the course of treatment to their specific needs so this will make a real impact on the quality of care we offer, and the quality of life of our patients.  We’re so grateful to Travis and his Foundation for this very generous and meaningful gift.”

Mr. Roy is the former Boston University hockey player who suffered a severe spinal cord injury in his first game, rendering him a quadriplegic. He created the Travis Roy Foundation in 1997 to help provide adaptive equipment grants for spinal cord injured survivors, and to fund research into a cure. The Foundation has distributed more than $4 million in grants to researchers, rehabilitation programs, and spinal cord injured survivors across North America since its founding.

“The growth of the annual Travis Roy Foundation WIFFLE Ball Tournament over the years has allowed us to expand our giving capabilities,” said Mr. Roy.  It's exciting to be able to provide such a large piece of equipment to Fletcher Allen’s Rehab program. The added benefit of this gift to the community is it will not only help people with incomplete spinal cord injuries, but also those recovering from stroke, joint replacements, and other disabilities.

From August 15-17, the Travis Roy Foundation will be holding its 13th annual Wiffle Ball Tournament at Little Fenway Park in Essex, VT.   For more information visit

For more information on Inpatient Rehabilitation at Fletcher Allen, please visit here or watch this video.

You can learn more about the Dynamic Stair Trainer here.

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