The donor: Robert MacDonald
The gift: Raising $222,000 and climbing
The cause Toronto Rehab Foundation
Robert MacDonald was on vacation in Mexico four years ago when he fell three storeys from a balcony, breaking nine vertebrae and dislocating two others.
Mr. MacDonald spent months in a Toronto hospital and at the Toronto Rehabilitation Institute. Doctors gave him a 5-per-cent chance of walking.
Today Mr. MacDonald is not only walking, he has entered the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon on Sunday and hopes to raise $150,000 for the institute with his team called "I Will."
Mr. MacDonald, 29, ran half the marathon last year, raising $72,000, but going the full distance won't be easy. While his walking is almost normal, running remains a challenge. "I have to think about every step I take," he said from his home in Toronto, where he is a business broker. "I'm very nervous," he added. "But my will will get me across there."
More importantly, he wants others to benefit from Toronto Rehab's programs. "I'm able to live a great life because of that organization and it's not about me. I don't want the next person to have a 5-per-cent chance [of walking], I want them to have 10 per cent and then 15 per cent and then [a] 20-per-cent chance."