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My name is Connor Hirtle and I’m 24 years old, from Dublin Shore, Nova Scotia. In July 2015, while taking in a weekend of camping and concerts with family and friends, I suffered a swimming accident that left me a Complete Quadriplegic. This meant that I would have no chance of regaining movement below my collar bone.

Since starting rehab, my diagnosis has been changed to an ASIA B Incomplete Quadriplegic. I have the use of my arms, but I have no sensation from my collar bone down, and most importantly, I have a chance of recovery. Only 3% of people get that news—this makes me more determined than ever.

Not having the use of my hands and being restricted from doing things on my own is a daily challenge. In September 2015 I began rehab, and I’m determined to grow stronger and gain back as much independence as possible. Part of regaining my independence is continuing with school. While balancing my rehab, I’m still working toward my Bachelor of Business Administration from MSVU

Being from a small town, and spending my entire life in the hockey community, I know that people rally behind community members when they’re in need, no matter who they are or their circumstances. That said, I could never have imagined the amount of support I’ve received from the South Shore and the hockey community.

Hockey game 50/50s, sold-out community concerts, Tim Horton’s Smile Day proceeds, the sale of TEAMLTD #HopeForHirtle bracelets and even Alex MacLean and East Coast Lifestyle. People have found creative ways to support my family and me during this difficult time. Seeing that so many people are standing behind me means the world to me.

#HopeForHirtle was a hashtag started by a few friends to show support for me when this journey began. Since then it’s become a symbol for the community support I continue to receive, and it helps to keep me motivated every day.

This has been, and will continue to be, an unexpected journey that tests my physical and mental strength every single day. The positivity displayed by my friends, family, and the community makes it that much easier to keep a positive mindset.  

I am going to regain my independence. Right now, I don’t know what that will look like, and I’m still carving out the road to getting there. I’ve been talking to different doctors from Philadelphia, Miami and Germany, exploring options and opportunities to have access to world-class rehabilitation centres. Right now, the biggest thing holding me back from these options is funding.

I can never repay the community for the financial, mental and emotional support you’ve given me. But, it’s a long road ahead, and with your financial help I will continue to demonstrate motivation and determination on my road to rehabilitation. Every dollar helps. ‘Thanks’ will never be enough, but I mean it when I say thank you for taking the time to hear my story and to support my journey.

Sincerest thanks,



  • Anonymous
    • $25 
    • 4 yrs


Connor Hirtle
Lunenburg, NS

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