November 29, 2016 5:25 pm
Updated: November 29, 2016 6:53 pm

New physio bike needed at Montreal Shriners Hospital to help with recovery

WATCH ABOVE: Mia D'Ascanio's dreams of playing for Canada's hockey team were almost dashed after a knee injury. As Global's Felicia Parrillo reports, the Shriners is raising money for new equipment to help children reach their goals.


Mia D’Ascanio is in recovery after tearing her ACL back in July.

Since then, she’s been receiving physiotherapy at the Montreal Shriners Hospital.

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The 15-year-old is determined to get back to playing hockey and soccer as soon as possible, but to do that, she needs the right equipment.

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“Our program of sports medicine and post-operative sports injuries has grown exorbitantly over the last couple years,” said physiotherapist Stephanie Gould.

“We don’t have enough equipment right now for the kids that we have.”

So, on this giving Tuesday, the Shriners Hospital is hoping to get a physio bike, which will help thousands of kids and teens with their rehab after knee surgery.

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“Our ultimate goal is always to help them reach their dreams and for Mia, she has a very lofty dream of making Team Canada,” said Gould.

But Mia’s goal is on hold until her knee gets back in shape – and it’s not easy to sit on the sidelines.

“It was really, really difficult not to be able to play anything because I’m such an athletic person,” said D’Ascanio.

“For me, now that I’m not doing any sports, it really sucks.”

Mia pointed out a therapy bike won’t just help her – it will also rescue thousands of other dreams as well.

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“It would be really good to have the right equipment for everybody so that everybody could eventually get back to the sports,” she said.

Click here to donate to the Shriners Hospital for Children Canada.

The deadline to donate is midnight, Tuesday, Nov. 29.

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