For Immediate Release: Senator Ted Kennedy Jr. was the highly-anticipated key-note speaker at March of Dimes Canada’s Ability and Beyond dinner, presented by Bell, on June 13th.

Senator Kennedy was diagnosed with cancer as a child, which made it necessary to amputate one of his legs. He has since devoted much personal and professional energy to advocating for the rights of people with disabilities, and he shared those experiences with his audience. He also spoke about his plans for the future, and how Canada and the US can work together towards a more inclusive society.

“The Senator’s determination to move forward, to continue building a world that includes and embraces people with disabilities, was inspiring,” said President and CEO of March of Dimes Canada, Andria Spindel.

Proceeds from the event went towards March of Dimes Canada’s Conductive Education program. Conductive Education leverages the brain’s neuroplasticity so people with neurological motor disorders like multiple sclerosis or cerebral palsy can learn skills and problem-solving techniques that allow them to live as independently as possible. 

“It’s remarkable to see the impact Conductive Education can have,” Spindel added. “Access to this program can mean the difference between being able to perform daily tasks like dressing, and not. The Ability and Beyond dinner ensures that we can continue to offer Conductive Education to people who need it.”

This year’s event raised a gross profit of $190,000.

Special thanks to everyone who attended, and to the generous sponsors who made the evening a success: Bell, Faurecia, NEWSTALK 1010, Toronto Sun, Global News, 13th Street Winery, Porter Airlines, Braund, Fairmont Royal York, PSAV, Holland America Line, Fox Harb’r Resort, and Rasko Jewellers.


March of Dimes Canada is a nationally registered charitable organization providing support services to people with disabilities, their families and caregivers across Canada. Our goal is to enhance the independence and community participation of people with physical disabilities every day through a wide range of programs and services across Canada.  For more information, please visit www.marchofdimes.ca or call 1-800-263-3463.   
For more information, contact:
Tina Siegel - PR Coordinator
March of Dimes Canada
Tel: 1-800-263-3463 ext. 7258
Cell: 416.606.0541
E-mail: tsiegel@marchofdimes.ca

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