P.A.R.T.Y. Toronto would like to honour and acknowledge the dedication and commitment of one of P.A.R.T.Y. Programs longest serving volunteers, Ed Degeus.
Ed with P.A.R.T.Y. students at Lyndhurst Rehab.
Ed was an injury survivor speaker with the Toronto P.A.R.T.Y. Program. He provided awareness, education and advice to teenagers attending P.A.R.T.Y. Program twice weekly for over 20 years.
Ed’s discussion with students reached tens of thousands of young people with his personal story of a tragic motorcycle crash followed years later by an unfortunate diving incident which left him a quadriplegic. Ed reminded youth of how valuable and precious their life is. He lauded young people not to throw away their independence by making decisions that would put their life and freedom at risk as he had in his younger days.
Ed discussing the reasons why he speaks to teens
He asked students to make positive life choices and smarter risks so they can continue to enjoy life without injury.
Ed Degeus passed away due to complications with a recent medical issue. He will be missed by all Toronto P.A.R.T.Y. Program staff, volunteers and students who had an opportunity to meet him.
Thank you Ed, for making P.A.R.T.Y. the strong force it is today!