Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation

Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation

April 12, 2006 09:18 ET

Patients, professionals say "Hip Hip Hooray!" for orthopaedic care

Attention: City Editor, Health/Medical Editor, Lifestyle Editor TORONTO, ONTARIO, NEWS RELEASE--(CCNMatthews - April 12, 2006) - On Sunday, May 28, current and past orthopaedic patients, health care professionals, orthopaedic surgeons, and concerned citizens across Canada will walk together in Hip Hip Hooray!, a fundraising event in support of the Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation. The short walk, suitable for all ages and abilities, will take place in communities from Vancouver to Gander in celebration of mobility restored through orthopaedic surgery.

Reducing wait times to surgery - specifically hip and knee replacements - is high on the health care agenda, however the Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation is concerned that the focus on one type of surgery is too narrow. "We must be mindful that there are thousands of patients waiting for surgery of equal beneficial impact, such as spine corrections, shoulder repair and many others," says Doug Thomson, CEO of the Foundation. "There's something wrong with the public complacency of a year's wait for elective surgery that will correct what's painful and keeping you from doing very normal things. While it's important and encouraging to see a focus on hip and knee replacements, it needs to broaden."

Angelique Berg, Executive Director, agrees: "Imagine being a 35-year-old dad, who after a sports injury is unable to pick up your toddler because your shoulder dislocates with normal movement - and you're told you have a year or more to wait for surgery. You're living your normally active life from the sidelines. At the Hip Hip Hooray! walks you see people who are happy to be moving and living independently because of all types of surgery - orthopaedic patients are so grateful because they're back to their lives."

One such patient is Harold Blackwood, of Gander, Newfoundland, who says he can do everything he did before his knees started paining him. Mr. Blackwood had both his knees replaced in the late 1990's, and has been a faithful fundraiser for the Hip Hip Hooray! campaign ever since. "I benefited from what others did before me, so I'm passing the favour forward." Says Ms. Berg, "We hear so many stories like Mr. Blackwood's, and we look forward to the event as much as the patients. It's so rewarding to see how grateful people are, and to know that the work we do makes a difference." Now in it's 15th year, Hip Hip Hooray! has raised almost $18 million to support orthopaedic education, research and improvements to patient care.

For a brochure, more information on a Hip Hip Hooray! walk near you, or to make a donation, visit www.hiphiphooray.org.

Founded in 1965, the Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation is a mid-sized registered Canadian charity powered by a professional staff and network of over 500 volunteers. The Foundation is Canada's only charitable organization dedicated solely to helping people maintain and restore their bone and joint - or orthopaedic - health. The Foundation raises funds through public donations and allocates those funds to initiatives that will contribute to realizing its mission: to achieve excellence in bone and joint health, mobility and function for all Canadians through the advancement of research, education, and care.

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/For further information: Website: www.canorth.org or www.hiphiphooray.org
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Contact Information

  • Debbie Gates, Communications & Education Manager, Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation
    Primary Phone: 416-410-2341 ext. 3
    Secondary Phone: 905-799-2719
    Toll-Free: 800-461-3639
    E-mail: debbie@canorth.org