Patrick’s West Park story begins with his workplace accident. He was working as a machinist in Brampton when he was crushed beneath a 10-tonne piece of equipment on September 9, 2013, leaving him in a coma for three weeks with broken bones in his left arm and face. Patrick’s right leg was amputated and doctors originally didn't expect him to survive through the night. Amazingly, he did pull through.
Patrick working with Janet Campbell, a physiotherapist on his rehabilitation team
After an acute care hospital saved his life, he spent 18 months at West Park’s Amputee Rehabilitation program to help realize his potential. Patrick was lucky enough to have worked with one of the top amputee rehabilitation teams in the country. As part of his recovery, he decided to set a goal of running his first marathon.
On March 13, 2016 Patrick ran the Achilles 17th Annual St. Patrick’s Day 5K Run/Walk in downtown Toronto. This was just the first stage of achieving his dream. From being in a coma, to a hospital bed, then in a wheelchair and getting back to running again, he has made some great strides to get to where he is today.
On the day of the race, Patrick was joined by 19 supportive West Park team members who were running alongside him and cheering him on. He finished the 5km race in 30 minutes. Patrick has raised over a thousand dollars from this event that will be directed to West Park as his way of showing his appreciation for the care he received.
Patrick met Richard Traum, Achilles Canada's founder, who invited him to participate in Achilles International's New York City marathon in November, and he gladly accepted.
Patrick realized this dream last fall after training hard in preparation for the marathon. He had a simple message to family and friends after he completed that November race in just under six-and-a half hours: “I did it. YES!”
Patrick crossing the finish line at the New York City Marathon
Join him again in this year's Achilles St. Patrick's Day Run on Sunday March 18. You can run on the West Park Team for a $45 entry fee or contribute to the run by sponsoring one of the team members.