Paralympian Stefan Daniel gave back to an organization close to his heart this holiday season, donating money to the Alberta Children’s Hospital. The 2015 world champion and Rio silver medallist raised money for the hospital through an evening hosted in his honour recently in Calgary.
“The Alberta Children’s Hospital has made a huge difference in my life,” Stefan told Triathlon Magazine Canada. “I was born with Bilateral Radial Club hands. My right arm is seven inches shorter and I am missing most of my radius and this has impacted the function of my hand . Shortly after birth I required bilateral forearm splinting from the Occupational Therapists at the ACH. I also had several surgeries there including hand centralization. They continued to modify my arm splints until I had finished growing so I was a very frequent visitor there. I am so appreciative for all of the support that they have given me for over 18 years. I was so excited to be able to give back to such a wonderful organization.”
Daniel has become one of the most well-known paratriathletes on the scene thanks to his podium finish at this year’s inaugural Games and his world championship win last year in Chicago. He is also one of Canada’s rising stars in the sport.