Incredible therapist runs to give back

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Awaking after 15 days in a coma in 1996, Toronto Rehab therapist Greg Noack was not able to move much of his body. His first instinct was to look for bones that were broken, but now admits that broken bones are not always the worst part of an injury. As a result of being attacked from behind and left for dead, he had suffered a traumatic brain injury that would leave him with a lifetime of side effects.

Greg’s recovery ignited a strong desire to learn more about brain injuries and to make a difference. He returned to school and, shortly after graduating, joined the Toronto Rehab Acquired Brain Injury rehab team as an Occupational Therapist Assistant. He is now a Rehab Therapist and a member of the research team at Toronto Rehab's Cognitive Neurorehabilitation Sciences Lab.

Keeping active while constantly facing fatigue is a battle that Greg fights each and every day. Once unable to walk, Greg now runs to maintain fitness and help overcome the lingering symptoms of his injury.

He has impressively completed eight marathons and at the May 6th Goodlife Fitness Toronto Marathon leveraged his efforts to support Toronto Rehab's Provincial Telehealth Centre for Integrated Research and Clinical Care in Chronic Acquired Brain Injury, and for the Ontario Brain Injury Association where he has served on the board of Directors. Calling it “#8 for Brain Injury Sake”, Greg successfully raised over $3500. 

Read more at UHN.ca

Congratulations, Greg, and thank you for helping make incredible happen!

In Photo: Greg Noack runs ‘#8 for Brain Injury Sake’ sporting his lucky hat, made by one of his patients.