Board of Trustees
Travis Roy – Founder
In 1997 Travis and his family founded the Travis Roy Foundation to raise money and awareness for other quadriplegics and paraplegics and to support research for a cure. Travis received an outpouring of public support following a freak paralyzing injury playing ice hockey for the then NCAA champions Boston University Terriers. In an effort to give back, Travis created a tax exempt charitable entity to raise money for others. See more of Travis’ story here.
Arthur B. Page – Hemenway & Barnes, LLP
Art has been an active supporter of the Travis Roy Foundation since its birth, and has seen the organization expand its reach from funding sorely needed adaptive equipment for a limited number of grantees to granting $300,000 annually to applicants across the United States and funding an equal amount annually for well vetted research. He values his association with the Foundation and with Travis as there is no other organization in the country that has the ability to garner widespread grass roots support to help individuals who have no where else to turn for adaptive equipment and support, to help them get on with their lives. Travis’ own injury and his daily life gives him a unique perspective on how best to help others, and his optimism, competitive drive and humor make the Foundation fundraising initiatives fun and rewarding.Art is a partner with the law firm of Hemenway & Barnes LLP of Boston, which provides pro-bono administrative services to the Foundation. He and his wife Connie live in Belmont, Massachusetts; they and their three children have all been active supporters of the Foundation’s various activities.
Benton Burgess – Cadence Design Systems
A Boston native, Benton remembers feeling amazed at the outpouring of support that Travis received from the city after his ice hockey accident. About a year later, Benton’s own son Garrett injured his spinal cord in a car accident and became a quadriplegic. After seeing all that Travis had accomplished in building the Travis Roy Foundation, Benton wanted to do his part to raise awareness, and traveled to nearly every state in the country with Garrett to meet with state representatives and raise funds for spinal cord research. Benton saw that Travis was not only devoted to helping others financially, but also dedicated to providing hope to those affected by spinal cord injuries by funding research projects towards a cure.
Benton has seen how a spinal cord injury changes lives – not only of those who are injured, but entire families, circles of friends and neighborhoods. The greatest wish of each of these people is to see their loved ones able to stand up and walk again, and that is something that Benton believes the TRF works every day to achieve.Throughout Benton’s involvement with the foundation, he has seen its reputation continue to grow. Benton believes that the TRF’s strong and timeless core mission is what has helped the cause become so well-known and gain more and more volunteers each year. The organization remains timeless and relevant because it serves not only the immediate needs of grant recipients, but also because the research done currently helps to provide hope for the future of spinal cord injuries.Aside from supporting TRF, Benton is also a pilot on the side, and spends his free time flying. He is also a big fan of Disneyworld because the grounds are very wheelchair accessible, and he loves traveling there on vacations with his family.
Brenda Roy credits so much of the Travis Roy Foundation’s success to Travis’ infectious spirit, which she says is not only an inspiration for those involved in the organization, but for her and Travis’ family as well. She says she is most proud of the way Travis has stepped up to provide leadership for the Foundation, and for his commitment and desire to give back in search for a cure. It means so much to her that after 15 years, so many people still care about Travis, and about finding a cure for spinal cord injuries. She most enjoys spending summers in Vermont with Travis, her daughter Tobi and her husband Keith, their four children, and a multitude of extended family.
Dan Ronan – BYN Mellon Wealth Management
As a Boston University freshman, Dan Ronan was recruited to play hockey for the Terriers. He was on the ice for the first time that season when Travis, his roommate, was injured. Over the past 15 years, Dan and Travis have remained close friends and in that time Dan is proud of the foundation’s exponential growth. He is amazed at how Travis’ story has transcended generations; children not yet born at the time of the accident read Travis’ book and take away from it Travis’ core values. Dan is also proud of the way TRF is run as all money raised goes back for grants for individuals with spinal cord injuries or spinal cord injury-related medical research. He believes TRF makes big differences in people’s lives.
Five years ago, Dan created the TRF winter ice hockey event – the Beanpot Charity Challenge. He is touched every year at the amount of funds that the participants are able to raise. He says that hockey guys always stick together to help each other out and Travis is someone that the guys all band behind..
When he is not helping support TRF, Dan works at BNY Mellon Wealth Management, sits on the young leadership committee for the Boys and Girls Club of Boston, coaches hockey and spends time with his wife and young son.
Lee Roy says he could not have imagined that the Travis Roy Foundation would be where it is today when the family started the organization 15 years ago. He is very grateful for the time and dedication that so many gave during the Foundation’s establishment, and to those who have continued to support the Foundation with their resources, time and talent. He says that the purpose of the Foundation has always been to raise money for spinal cord injury survivors and research for a cure, but he is amazed at the level of professionalism that the numerous volunteers have brought to the organization. His favorite TRF fundraising event is the WIFFLE ball tournament because he believes it encapsulates the spirit of the organization. Each year the participants are thrilled with the feeling of competition for a good cause.
Steve moved to Cleveland, Ohio from Boston in 1993. A former student at Milton Academy and Dartmouth College, he was familiar with Travis’ incredible ability as Travis competed against Steve’s younger brother in hockey. What started out as an innocent phone call wishing to make a donation to Travis, and a subsequent conversation with Travis’ Dad, Lee, at the rink in Yarmouth, ME; has evolved into a strong and meaningful relationship between Steve and his family; and the Roys, along with their Foundation. He most appreciates Travis’s humility, sense of purpose, politeness, honesty, courage and concern for others.
“Instead of focusing on his undeniable loss and tragedy, Travis chose a different path; choosing to drive his mission and cause to every corner of the country, helping those in need and chasing down a cure for paralysis. He is making an incredible contribution to the spinal cord injury population, and their families; and I am incredibly proud to be involved with his Foundation”.In addition to the Travis Roy Foundation, Steve is involved with several other charities and organizations, including: Boston College, The Mardy Fish Foundation (Vero Beach, FL), Victory Gallop (Akron, OH), Cystic Fybrosis Foundation, and the Welles Remy Crowther Charitable Trust (“the Man in the Red Bandana”) (Nyack, NY).
Steve and his four children reside in Hudson, Ohio.
Steve and his four children reside in Hudson, Ohio.