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9961 Greg Hug: Friends Rally to Support Injured Colleague / Les amis se rallient pour supporter leur collègue blessé

Article by 10000 Stephen Moffat

Chair, The Friends of Greg Group

Our colleague 9961 Greg Hug, class of ’74, had a terrible accident while swimming at a beach in Barbados two years ago. Struck by a rogue wave, Greg was slammed onto the seabed, fracturing his neck in multiple places and sustaining a spinal cord injury level C2 complete, resulting in total paralysis below the neck.

Greg’s recovery has been phenomenal; he has improved beyond all expectations.  Armed with a state of the art chair, a laptop and a loving family, Greg restarted his life with his characteristic endless determination, demonstrating exemplary courage in the face of almost insurmountable odds.

He and Maria recently received a visit from the Minister of Defence, Harjit Sajjin.  Minister Sajjin was a young Reserve subaltern whose unit was working with Greg’s regiment when Greg commanded Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) in the early ‘90s.  He reminded Greg of the very positive, motivational speech Greg gave on how well the Minister and his colleagues were doing at the time, and presented Greg with a medallion recognising his courage and leadership.

A group of Greg’s friends from his class and military circle of friends, have banded together to help Greg in his eventual transition home by recently launching a fund raising effort  – The Mobile Greg Campaign – to raise monies for the purchase of a customized passenger van with installed roadside lift and a travel kit.

Details of the campaign, as well as information on Greg’s condition, can be found on the MobileGreg website: mobilegreg.ca.

Notre collègue 9961 Greg Hug, de la classe de ’74, a subi un accident terrible sur une plage de la Barbade il y a de ça deux ans. Greg fut sournoisement happé par une vague scélérate qui l’a projeté sur la grève, lui fracturant le cou en plusieurs endroits et causant une lésion complète de la moelle épinière au niveau C2, ce qui entraîna une paralysie totale à partir du cou.

Le rétablissement de Greg a été extraordinaire, sa condition s’est améliorée au delà de toutes attentes. Équipée d’une chaise à la fine pointe de la technologie, d’un pc portable et d’une famille aimante, Greg a redémarré sa vie avec son détermination inépuisable, démontrant un courage exemplaire face à des probabilités quasi insurmontables.

Lui et Maria ont reçu la visite du ministre de la Défense nationale Harjit Sajjin. Au début des années ’90, l’unité du ministre Sajjin, alors un jeune officier subalterne, était sous les ordres du régiment de Greg alors que celui-ci commandait le Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians). Il rappela à Greg comment ses propos d’alors étaient inspirants, comment le ministère et ses collègues allaient à l’époque, et présenta Greg avec un médaillon reconnaissant son courage et sa détermination.

Un groupe d’amis de sa classe et de ses connaissances militaires se sont réunis pour aider Greg dans sa quête pour son retour éventuel à la maison en lançant une campagne de financement titrée Greg mobile. Nous espérons amasser la somme de 75 000$ pour l’achat d’une camionnette personnalisée équipée d’une plate-forme transversale et d’un kit de voyage.

Pour suivre le progrès de Greg et de la campagne de financement, consultez le site web de la campagne : mobilegreg.ca.

 

2 Comments

  • David Hall

    December 3, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    Greg was one of the good guys when I was in the Frigate. The 1970’s was a long time ago now. Even though I can’t remember what I did this past weekend (time flies when yer confused), I find it interesting how you remember some of the good people at the formative stages of one’s life. Best to you, Greg.

    PS: Made a donation to you as well…

    10950 DM Hall

  • Jean-Pascal Paris

    December 3, 2018 at 5:13 pm

    I am very saddened to hear about the terrible accident Greg endured. I would like to wish Greg all the best in his recovery and congratulate him on his great courage and perseverance going through the many challenges during his recovery. I had the privilege of working on a project at work with Greg period 2009-2011 and am very proud of it and having had the chance to know Greg. My special thoughts to Greg and his family in these difficult times.
    13921 JP Paris

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