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On Monday, April 23, paralysis victim and author Travis Roy will speak at Colby College in Waterville at 7 p.m. in the Page Commons Room of Cotter Union. Roy will speak about his personal struggle and the lessons he has learned as a survivor of paralysis. The event is open to the public and free of charge.
A native of Maine, Roy grew up playing ice hockey, attended Boston University on scholarship and dreamed of becoming a professional hockey player. However, Roy’s future was shattered 11 seconds after his first face-off in October of 1995 when he hit the rink boards and was paralyzed from the shoulders down.
Since his accident Roy has written a book about his ordeal, Eleven Seconds, which was recently adapted to film. He also has established the Travis Roy Foundation, an organization dedicated to spinal cord research and providing one-on-one assistance for those with spinal cord injuries.