Napu's medical and recovery fund

$37,050 of $250,000 goal

Raised by 288 people in 21 months
Tuutalik Boychuk
on behalf of Tutalik Boychuck
 Kingston, ON
Napu is a 30 year old Canadian. Before suffering an accident that changed his life, he was a classical ballet dancer. In fact, he was the only Inuk professional ballet dancer in the world. It was difficult to achieve, but he always had the inner strength and optimism. Now, Napu can’t dance. He suffered a spinal cord injury in the 5th and 6th vertebrae. He was paralyzed from the neck down and is now working on regaining mobility. If you could offer a donation, however small, every little bit counts. If you want to see Napu move forward with your help, follow and share his story.

(Puede ver la historia en Español al final)

Napu's family and friends have done their best to enable Napu's progress. Even though his ethnicity was presented as a barrier, preventing him from achieving his dreams, he always persisted, and finally managed to fulfill his passion: classical ballet. Napu wants to dance again. It is very difficult but he is determined.

Eventually, he will need to enter a specialized clinic. His father and his sister would like to take him to La Pradera, an international clinic in Cuba, where there are known stories of paralyzed patients who have walked again. La Pradera uses a specialized walking machine which is sought after around the world. And Napu also needs Laser treatment, so it would be necessary to purchase a Laser Machine.

Cuba has an advanced health care system in many areas. As example, foreigners with advanced diabetes who have been advised to amputate a foot in their countries of origin, arrive in Cuba and leave walking on two healthy feet.

The costs of current and ongoing physiotherapy is very high and involves many hours a day, in addition to the 24 hour care of nurses. Napu and his family cannot afford it, that's why they ask for your help.

 Any contribution would help, and will be greatly appreciated. If you can share this story, more people would know Napu and help him to his recovery.

 Thank you very much


Napu Boychuk grew up in Yellowknife until he was 12 years old and moved to Toronto. He enjoyed and was very good at any sport he practiced. His favorite was swimming. At age 14 he could swim 50 meters in 28 seconds, he was part of the Toronto Swim Club. He also tried ballet and fell in love with the music, athleticism and artistry it offered. Eventually, Napu gave up swimming to pursue and focus on classical ballet. He auditioned to enter the National Ballet School of Canada but was told that as he is Inuk, he should try Aboriginal activities instead. They said his body was not fit to be a dancer and that he started ballet very late at age 14.

Despite this, Napu's love for ballet persisted. His mother, Juliana Boychuk died of cancer in 2003, but she was able to see her son's performance in the Nutcracker with the Ontario Ballet Theater, before her death.

Napu finally auditioned to attend Ryerson University's Fine Arts degree in Dance. He did so well that he was allowed go straight into second year dance classes. During his audition, an old ballet master whispered softly: "Napu, everyone knows that you should have been accepted into the National Ballet School."



In December of 2015, Napu, his sister Tuutalik and his father Dan, went to visit Cuba. They planned their 2 week trip primarily in Havana and only a few days on the beach in Varadero. In the first 12 hours of the journey their lives would change forever. At dawn on the first day, Napu was swimming on the beach of Varadero with his new Russian friend Andre, but when caught in a strong under tow current, Napu drowned in the ocean and had to be resuscitated. When Napu woke up he realized he could breathe and talk, but he could not move anything below his neck.  He broke his neck. Finally he was transferred to the international clinic Cira Garcia where Napu had to be put on a ventilator as he had swallowed so much sea water and sand.



At Cira Garcia, Napu had surgery to align his neck vertebrae 5 and 6. A metal plate was surgically implanted into his neck. Napu  was was sedated for travel the next day to Canada. His father Dan, and his sister Tuutalik who would travel with him, feared for his safety, flying in his condition so soon after surgery and on a ventilator. The doctors at Cira Garcia agreed and were very enthusiastic about continuing the care for Napu at Cira Garcia, where he spent the next five months.


During Napu's surgery, Napu's dad and sister met a nice Canadian lady. She explained that her doctor back home told her to spend the rest of her life in a wheelchair, and there she was, walking painlessly at the Cira Garcia clinic. There were many important factors in the decision to keep Napu in Cuba. After the decision was made, Dan and Tuutalik learned that the last time a patient flew on a plane in the same condition as Napu, the patient died in flight. For this reason and many others, they are happy Napu is still alive and recovering in Havana.

Napu was at the Cira Garcia Hospital from December 13, 2015 to May 31, 2016. Since May 31, 2016, his father, Dan, has done an excellent job of organizing the continuation of Napu's intensive care and physiotherapy in a small apartment near the hospital. Cira Garcia has been paid for Napu's medical costs only up toJanuary 7, 2016 (his first 25 days) by travel insurance as paid for with the purhcase of airline tickets. Ryerson University's insurance company was to cover from January 7 to May 31, which consists of 145 days. The total cost owing to Cira Garcia for 145 days of intensive care for Napu's spinal cord injury is $57,653.35 USD. In Canada, 145 days of the same care would cost multiple times more, hundreds of thousands.


Napu was just one semester away from graduating and earning his Ryerson University Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dance Performance. He had done several small dancing jobs in Ontario, making him the first Inuk professional ballet dancer. In spite of his love for dance, Napu has remained so positive and optimistic throughout his recovery. Of course, there have been a few very hard moments.

To this day Napu is still gaining strength, movement and control. He and his father have been in Cuba since December 2015. Now the main objective of Napu is to wake up every day and give all his efforts to achieve his dream: to dance again, to return to ballet.



(Spanish translation)

Napu es un joven canadiense de 30 años. Antes de sufrir un accidente que le cambiaría la vida, era bailarín, de hecho, el único bailarín Inuit (esquimal) del mundo. Fue difícil conseguirlo, pero siempre ha tenido la fuerza interior, el optimismo y la seguridad que lo caracterizan. Ahora Napu no puede bailar, sufre de una lesión en la médula espinal en las vértebras 5 y 6, está paralítico, pero es de admirar el valor con el que enfrenta cada día para avanzar en su recuperación. Si pudieras brindarle tu ayuda, por mínima que parezca es un granito de arena que aportará muchísimo en su recuperación, y si quieres ver cómo Napu avanza con tu ayuda, sigue y comparte sus redes sociales y sonreirás al ver sus logros y saber que has sido parte de todo esto.

Su familia y sus amigos hacen lo posible porque cada día haya un avance. Aunque su origen étnico fue en algún momento una razón para que le impidieran lograr sus sueños, él siempre persistió, y logró finalmente desempeñarse en su pasión: el ballet. Napu quiere bailar de nuevo, es muy difícil, pero él sabe muy bien que no hay nada imposible, y si al menos volviera a caminar volcaría todo su coraje en intentarlo.

Para eso necesita ingresar en una clínica especializada, su padre y su hermana quisieran llevarlo a La Pradera, clínica internacional en Cuba, donde han conocido historias de pacientes paralíticos que han vuelto a caminar, otros, extranjeros que han estado a punto de amputarles una pierna en sus países de origen, y llegan a esta clínica y salen con las dos piernas sanas. La Pradera utiliza una máquina caminadora. Napu también necesita tratamiento con láser, por lo que sería necesario además costear una máquina láser.

Los costos de las fisioterapias son muy elevados, y son muchas horas a la semana, además de la atención especializada de enfermeras, doctores, fisioterapeutas. Napu y su familia no pueden costearlo, por eso piden tu ayuda, son necesarios al menos U$S 250 000 para costear los gastos.

Sería de gran ayuda cualquier contribución, la mínima que sea será enormemente agradecida. Si pudieran compartir esta historia más personas conocerían a Napu y lo ayudarían a su pronta recuperación.

Muchas gracias

Napu Boychuk creció en Yellowknife hasta sus 12 años que se mudó a Toronto. Él disfrutaba y era muy bueno en cualquier deporte que practicara. Su favorito siempre fue la natación. A los 14 años podía nadar 50 metros en 28 segundos, y era parte del Club de Natación de Toronto. Comenzó a practicar ballet para adultos como si fuera otro deporte, y rápidamente se enamoró del ballet clásico,  poco a poco fue haciéndolo parte de él. Eventualmente Napu renunciaba a las competencias de natación y se entregaba de lleno al ballet. Audicionó para entrar a la Escuela Nacional de Ballet de Canadá, y le dijeron que como era Inuk, debía hacer actividades propias de aborígenes. Ellos dijeron que su cuerpo no era el apropiado para ser bailarín, y comenzó el ballet muy tarde a los 14 años.

A pesar de esto, el amor de Napu por el ballet persistía. Mientras su madre, Juliana Boychuk moría de cáncer en 2003. Ella pudo ver la interpretación de su hijo en la obra Cascanueces con el Ontario Ballet Theatre, antes de morir.

Napu finalmente hizo una audición para asistir a la Universidad de Ryerson en Bellas Artes en Ballet. Lo hizo tan bien que le permitieron saltar el primer año y entrar directo en segundo. Durante su audición, un viejo maestro de ballet le susurró en voz baja: ¨Napu, todos saben que tú debías haber sido aceptado en la Escuela Nacional de Ballet.

En Diciembre de 2015, Napu, su hermana Tuutalik y su padre Dan, fueron de visita a Cuba. Planearon sus 2 semanas de viaje a La Habana y sólo unos días en la playa de Varadero. En las primeras 12 horas del viaje sus vidas cambiarían para siempre. Al amanecer del primer día, Napu nadaba en la playa de Varadero con su nuevo amigo ruso Andre, pero una fatalidad del destino hace que Napu se ahogara y luego fuera resucitado. Cuando Napu despertó se dio cuenta de que podía respirar y hablar, pero no sentía nada de su cuello hacia abajo. Su cuello se había quebrado. Finalmente fue trasladado a la clínica internacional Cira García. Allí tenía respiración artificial ya que había tragado mucha agua y arena. Le hicieron una cirugía para alinear las vértebras 5 y 6 de su cuello, y le implantaron una lámina de metal en este. Napu viajaría al día siguiente a Canadá…

Su padre Dan, y su hermana Tuutalik que viajaría con él conocieron allí mismo conversando en el hospital que el último paciente paralítico que fue trasladado en avión había muerto. Entonces comenzó el miedo, la preocupación, comenzaron a valorar las posibilidades de quedarse, sus condiciones. También conocieron una agradable canadiense, su doctor le había dicho que debía pasar el resto de su vida en una silla de ruedas, y allí estaba ella, caminando sin dolor alguno en la clínica Cira García. Eran muchos los factores que inclinaban a que Napu se quedara en Cuba, y asi fue.

Napu estuvo en el Hospital Cira García desde el 13 de Diciembre de 2015 hasta el 31 de Mayo de 2016. Desde el 31 de Mayo de 2016, su padre, Dan, había hecho un excelente trabajo para organizar la continuidad de los cuidados intensivos de Napu y la fisioterapia en un pequeño apartamento cerca del hospital. Cira García había pagado los costes médicos de Napu sólo hasta el 7 de enero de 2016 (sus primeros 25 días) por el seguro de viaje, que fue pagado con la compra del pasaje. El seguro de la Ryerson University llegó a cubrir desde el 7 de Enero hasta el 31 de Mayo, en total 145 días. El coste total perteneciente al Hospital Cira García por los cuidados intensivos por la cirugía de la espina dorsal de Napu fue de $57,653.35 USD. En Canadá, 145 días del mismo cuidado se multiplicaría muchas veces más, cientos de miles.

Napu estuvo sólo a un semestre de graduarse y ganarse su Licenciatura en Bellas Artes en Ballet. Él había bailado muchas obras en Ontario, haciéndolo el primer bailarín profesional Inuk. A pesar de su amor por la danza, Napu se ha mantenido muy positivo y optimista durante su recuperación. Por supuesto, han sido momentos muy duros.

Hasta este día Napu aún está ganando fuerza y movimiento, tacto y control. Él y su padre han estado en Cuba desde Diciembre de 2015. Ahora el principal objetivo de Napu es despertarse cada día y poner todo su empeño en lograr su sueño: volver a bailar, volver a entregarse al ballet como solía hacerlo.
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Trevor John McLain
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TWO dashing dudes!

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Created February 26, 2017
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Thank you to those who prefer to send me money directly! (to tutalik@gmail.com)

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Mary Kosta
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I worked with Napu's mother, Juliana, many years ago, when I was with the Language Bureau. My heart goes out to her son and I hope he is able to dance again someday.

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Pauline Vaughan
2 months ago
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Heal Napu, at whatever level possible. You are an artist. You will express your art as you can with all our support. No artist exists alone.

Trevor John McLain
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TWO dashing dudes!

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