Welcome to the Dave Irwin Foundation for Brain Injury!
The Dave Irwin Foundation for Brain Injury (DIFFBI) was created by two-time Canadian Olympic downhill skier and World Cup champion Dave Irwin and family in March, 2002. The DIFFBI concept was initiated following Dave Irwin's remarkable survival and on-going recovery from acquired brain injury (ABI) suffered at Sunshine Village in Banff, Alberta in March, 2001.
"Hoping for a miracle;" "Irwin fights for life;" "Crazy Canuck on life support." On March 24, 2001, the headlines across Canada, the United States and abroad reported Dave Irwin's crash during a training run for an Export A Skier-Cross event. Dave's remarkable survival and on-going recovery from a severe brain injury are attributed to an indomitable spirit, will to live, and will to compete.
The Dave Irwin Foundation for Brain Injury is a testament to survival against all odds. It is a Foundation which has been created for the benefit of brain injury survivors and their families; for funding of academic research and innovative outreach programs and services which increase accessibility to persons in recovery; and for supporting educational programs to raise public awareness of acquired brain injury.
"Neurotrauma is the leading cause of death and disability for Canadians under the age of 45. It has catastrophic and far-reaching impact on individuals and on their families, on our healthcare system, and on our communities."
(2003, Dr. Kent Bassett-Spiers, Director, Ontario Neuroscience Organization)