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Robb Dunfield was left a ventilator-dependent quadriplegic at the age of 19, the victim of a fall from a third-floor balcony.
His home became an eight-by-eight foot stall in a hospital room. He shared the space with 29 other men; white curtains providing them with their only sense of separation and privacy.
The obstacles Robb faced seemed insurmountable: severely limited mobility; dependency on a ventilator; and the certain knowledge that — barely out of his teens — his life would never be the same. But it was in hospital that Robb discovered what true strength is. Together with six of his hospital roommates, Robb developed a philosophy for independent living and eventually a model for the world’s first group home for people with high-level disabilities.
Today, he works as a speaker and the Senior Coordinator of the Rick Hansen Foundation Ambassador Program. He recruits, trains and provides support for a network of individuals with SCI across the country that participate in hundreds of community outreach activities each year. Also a professional artist, Robb’s mouth-painted piece “Visions of Possibilities” currently sits in the lobby of the Blusson Spinal Cord Centre in Vancouver, BC.
Robb lives with his wife Sarah and their two twin daughters, Sophia and Emma, in Vancouver.