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Living with Quadriplegia


A short documentary created to showcase what it is like living with quadriplegia. This video was created by my cousin Chris Wynn for a documentary film contest.

Spinal Cord Injury Won’t Stop Student


The accident that paralyzed U of G student Drew Cumpson from the neck down last year didn’t affect his ability to smile, which he does often. He credits his positive attitude and the support of his friends and family for keeping him going.

Fighting for Healthcare


As a ventilator dependent quadriplegic, I was in search for the funding that was to be allocated to help provide diaphragmatic pacemaker surgeries to Canadian citizens although I did not have any luck on my own CTV Kitchener helped out.

'You can still live life'


Drew Cumpson, who was left a quadriplegic following an accident in 2011, has just completed his studies at the University of Guelph and is looking forward to new challenges. He is now in his own home after 51 months in hospitals. (Michael Lea/The Whig-Standard)

Drew Cumpson seeking independence


Through all of this, Drew’s parents Jim and Heather worked tirelessly on his behalf, with Heather acting as a bulwark against a sometimes-intractable medical system, and Jim building the new house. Drew's health stabilized, he stopped having infections, and his body healed.

Man’s spine broken, but not his spirit


Drew Cumpson, left a quadraplegic following a body surfing accident in Peru last year, is visited at his room in the intensive care unit at Kingston General Hospital every day by his grandmother, Helen Cameron, who is masked and gowned to prevent any spread of infection. (Michael Lea/The Whig-Standard)

Inspiration and Advocacy

Overcoming a Spinal Cord Injury


Drew Cumpson is a motivational speaker, hospitality entrepreneur, and disability activist. He suffered a spinal cord injury while travelling Peru in 2011 and since then has dedicated his time and efforts to improving the lives of those in the disability community.

Faces of Health Care


Drew’s neck was broken during a swimming accident in Peru in 2011. He spent the first year and a half after the accident in an intensive care unit (ICU), and a few years after that in a rehabilitation hospital. He is unable to move his arms or legs and is dependent on a ventilator to breathe. He lives at home with his family and works for a company that makes food trucks.

What it’s like to build a career after being suddenly paralyzed


My whole life, I had worked to set myself up for success by going to school and getting jobs in my field. After the accident, I thought, “Okay, I just spent 20 years setting my life up and now it’s shattered.”

Quadriplegics breathe easier with help of new device


 Once used by Christopher Reeve, it was developed in part with funding from the Rick Hansen Institute.

The Cost of Independence


It’s February 25th, 2015, the morning of his surgery.  He’s in an intensive care room on the second floor of Toronto Western Hospital. He arrived by air ambulance two days ago from St. Mary’s of the Lake Hospital in Kingston, Ont., where he spends most of his time.

Drew Cumpson inspires me and many others


I would like to introduce you to Drew Cumpson, a young man I had not known until a month ago. Even now, my knowledge is via some friends of Drew's or articles and YouTube videos.