Dr. Hedy Fry commemorates Rocky Campana and marks the 3rd annual 'Run for Rocky'

Hedy Fry In The House
Monday, March 23, 2015

Dr. Hedy Fry commemorates Rocky Campana and marks the 3rd annual 'Run for Rocky'

Hon. Hedy Fry (Vancouver Centre, Liberal Party of Canada)

Mr. Speaker, sometimes you are inspired by the most unexpected people in the most unexpected places and they leave you with an impact so intense that you are changed in the process. Rob and Nancy Campana of Windsor are two such people. Their son Rocky passed away in August of 2012 after attempting suicide.

Rocky's life was short, but his work in the LGBT community was large. He helped create gay-straight alliances in the schools and ran yearly in Toronto's Pride parade. He was a volunteer, a fundraiser, and an activist. His parents knew Rocky wanted his organs donated, but they were refused because he was gay. Even after his death, Rocky was an activist.

In 2014, I, along with other MPs in the House, presented petitions to allow gay men to donate organs. Rob and Nancy's love and grief made them activists, too. They created Rocky's legacy and began the annual Run for Rocky, a 5K charity run, raising over $130,000 for gay-straight alliances and safe schools program in Windsor-Essex to educate parents of LGBTTQ youth, teachers and students.

This year's Run for Rocky is April 12 at Dieppe Gardens in Windsor. Thank you Rob, Nancy and Rocky for turning tragedy into triumph.