From leukemia patient to multi-marathoner-racing a walker, writing, recording, performing and getting awarded for orchestral music compositions.
In 1996, Robert was diagnosed with leukemia. A year later, after chemotherapy and radiation, he had a bone marrow transplant at The Ottawa Hospital. By 2016, he’d had hip replacement surgery, life-threatening blood clots, and a cancerous tumour on his kidney.
After treatment for a blood clot in his neck, Robert lost his sense of balance and started using a walker. When he realized how fast he could move, he started to compete.
Today, Robert is widely known as “The Walker Runner.” He uses his fame and remarkable determination to motivate others, fundraise, and try to qualify for the Boston Marathon.
More than 25 years after his leukemia diagnosis, Robert continues to hurdle over every obstacle life throws his way, thanks to help from The Ottawa Hospital.
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