Greg has updated us that his road to recovery will be a difficult one. His doctors informed him that it is unlikely he will walk again, but there is a small chance. Greg has said that as small as that chance may be, he will give his all. He has been cleared to begin his rehabilitation.
On July 24, 2023, Greg Antoine’s life was changed in an instant.
Greg was involved in a serious mountain biking accident while biking with his son Jaxon on a BORCA trail in Beachburg, Ontario. At seven years old, Jaxon was able to keep a cool head during an incredibly stressful situation and called 911 after retrieving Greg’s phone from his pants pocket, all while being very careful not to move his daddy who had no feeling below his chest.
Because of Jaxon’s quick thinking and decisive action under pressure, Greg was quickly found by paramedics and airlifted to the Ottawa Civic hospital where he was met by his aunt and wife, Brittany.
Doctors determined that Greg had fractured his neck and injured his spine during the accident. He has since had an extensive spinal fusion surgery on his C6 and C7 cervical spine, which thankfully went well. Nevertheless, he currently has paralysis from his chest down and his doctors have advised that the road to recovery will be lengthy – with a possibility of many months in hospital, difficult treatments, and intensive physical therapy. Although he is now able to move his arms and hands, which is great news, only time will tell if any additional mobility will be recovered.
As you can imagine, this situation has been absolutely heartbreaking to Greg’s family and friends. It is unfathomable that something like this could happen to such a wonderful person. Greg strives for excellence in all aspects of his life. At forty years old, Greg has selflessly dedicated himself to being an amazing husband, dad, son, nephew, friend, colleague, manager, and more.
Greg is passionate about sport – including hockey, basketball, skiing, mountain biking, and hiking, and loves to be active. He is passing his love of sports and athletics on to his kids, spending his nights and weekends being active with them, coaching his son’s hockey team, and encouraging Jaxon and Riley to discover the sports and activities that they’re passionate about.
This will be an uncertain time and uncharted journey for Greg, his supportive wife Brittany, their son Jaxon (7) and daughter Riley (5). They can be expected to go through a lengthy period of personal adjustment, having to adapt their way of life to this new reality over the coming months. They will also undoubtedly face financial impacts from a serious injury like this, including medical costs, having to modify their home and vehicles, possible impacts on the family’s employment income, and much more.
We have launched this GoFundMe campaign to provide much-needed financial support to Greg, his wife Brittany, and their beautiful family. Your generosity will surely help them through this incredibly difficult time.
On behalf of Greg and his family, we wish to thank you for all of your love, prayers, and support.