Air Canada Foundation, Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital send teen sledge hockey player to Rio Paralympics

Air Canada Foundation and Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital have partnered to provide 17-year-old Jacob Calvert and his family the opportunity to see first-hand the inspirational 2016 Paralympic Games, held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the companies said.

Jacob, who plays sledge hockey for Team Ontario and aspires to be an Olympian, has femoral facial deficiency syndrome. He has received care at Holland Bloorview for 12 years, starting with prosthetic legs after his leg was amputated at age 5. He continues to receive physiotherapy and rehabilitation care.

The team at the Air Canada Foundation said Jacob was a natural choice as a young ambassador to attend the Rio Paralympic Games on behalf of the foundation.

The Air Canada Foundation is a not-for-profit organization focused on the health and well-being of children and youth that offers both financial and in-kind support, through travel assistance, to Canadian registered charities. The foundation, in collaboration with the airline, engages in fundraising activities and offers continued support to major health-related causes and is an active participant in international humanitarian relief activity.

Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital provides specialized programs and clinical care for children and youth with rehabilitation and complex care needs.