- 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)