This story has been updated with new information provided by the Ryerson Students’ Union in paragraph five. This version also updates the total funds raised by the Ryerson Theatre School in the last paragraph.
A fundraising event for Napu Boychuk, the injured Ryerson dance student, will take place Jan. 22 at Scallywags. The pub, located at Yonge and St. Clair streets, will have a raffle, silent auction and ping pong tournament from 7 p.m to 11 p.m.
Boychuk was left severely injured after a swimming accident while vacationing in Cuba over the winter break and his family is now reaching out to the Ryerson community for support to cover medical expenses.
Boychuk was pulled underwater by a strong undertow current while swimming at a beach in Varadero. He suffered a severe spinal cord injury that has left him without full use of his arms and legs.
Within 48 hours of the accident, surgeons at Cira Garcia Hospital in Havana realigned two of Boychuk’s vertebrae with a surgical implant. In a Facebook post, his family said he is currently recovering and that it’s in his best interest to stay in Cuba until mid-February.
From Dec. 13 to Jan. 7 Boychuk’s hospitalization costs totalled the equivalent of C$28,000, the family wrote.
According to the RSU’s members’ health and dental plan administration team, the RSU was able to set up a claim for Boychuk through its medical emergency travel insurance provider, Royal Sun Alliance/Global Excel Management (GEM). The amount that will be covered has not been disclosed yet but Boychuk’s family has been informed by GEM.
There have been several online funds set up to help Boychuk raise money for his hospital stay and therapy once he returns home. The RSU has also made a $500 donation to the Tilt campaign, which was set up by the Ryerson Theatre School (RTS), has currently raised over $8,500 for Boychuk.