• Shortly after his 4th birthday, Robert was diagnosed with a brain tumor
  • Surgery for that tumour left Robert blind
  • Robert’s tumour had to be treated three times with chemotherapy
  • He was treated for a second tumour at the age of 14
  • Robert has spent more than 5 years of his life in chemotherapy
  • He has had 4,500 needles, 65,000 pills, 100 scans, 12 operations and 6 weeks of radiation



  • Robert is a competitive swimmer with the Kingston Y Penguins.
  • He has won gold, silver and bronze in two Ontario Paralympic Winter Championships (2006-2008) and three CanAm Games (2009-2011).
  • Robert downhill skies, water skies, rock climbs, tandem cycles and sails.
  • He has gone scuba diving, sky diving and learned to drive a race car.
  • He loves playing guitar and woodworking.



  • IPC/APC Flag Bearer at the Toronto 2015 Parapan Am Games (August 2015)
  • Recipient of a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal (November 2012)
  • Inducted into the Canadian Disability Hall of Fame (November 2012)
  • Youth in Philanthropy Award, Association of Fundraising Professionals (November 2011)
  • King Clancy Award, Canadian Foundation for Physically Disabled Persons (February 2008)
  • Spirit of Sport Award, ParaSport Ontario (February 2008)
  • Unsung Hero Award, City of Toronto, (December 2007)
  • Certificate of Appreciation, Birchmount Bluffs Neighbourhood Centre, (July 2007)
  • The Rose Passafiume Memorial Award, Variety Village (2006-2007)
  • Agent of Change Award, TVO Kids Crawlspace (2003)
  • The Susan “Susie” Cohon Trophy, Variety Village (2002-2003)
  • Robert R. Hall Achievement Award, Variety Village (2001-2002)