The Travis Roy Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to enhancing the lives of individuals who have suffered spinal cord injuries as well as supporting their families, has announced the opening of its Boston office. Located at 101 Huntington Avenue, the new office reflects the support of widespread giving as well as the donation of pro bono services from companies including Dyer Brown, Boston Properties, CBRE, JDL Corporate Interiors, and Officeworks.
Roy suffered a serious spinal cord injury 22 years ago as a player on the Boston University hockey team, leaving him paralyzed from the neck down. Confined to a wheelchair, Roy has gone on to live a fulfilling and productive life, dedicating his time to work as an inspiring motivational speaker and to building and growing the Travis Roy Foundation from his home, starting in 1997. According to Roy, the foundation’s primary focus includes funding medical research on treatments to treat damage to the central nervous system, as well as providing one-on-one assistance for individuals with spinal injury as well as supporting their families, in the form of “Quality of Life grants.”
Dyer Brown designed the 2,000-square-foot space to allow Roy to operate with considerable independence—a focus of Travis Roy Foundation’s work with individuals. Accessibility features are seamlessly integrated into the welcoming, contemporary office interior, including Roy’s desk, which can be raised and lowered with the push of a button. Other design elements supporting accessibility include automatic door release mechanisms in the bathrooms, and ADA-compliant motion-activated automatic doors at the entry.
“We are thrilled that Travis has chosen to locate the Travis Roy Foundation’s long-term home at Prudential Center,” Bryan Koop, Executive Vice President, Boston Region for Boston Properties. “Travis’ resilience has been an inspiration for Bostonians for many years and we are pleased to provide an accessible and central location for the Foundation’s mission to grow.”
“Having a dedicated headquarters in downtown Boston will help us continue the growth we’ve been experiencing over the past eight years, by providing a place to meet with significant donors and business groups,” adds Roy. “Not only do we have a space now, but it’s 10 times better than what we imagined. Thanks to the design by Dyer Brown and the work of the project team, we now have the appropriate space so people with spinal cord injuries can come to the office and volunteer.”
The location of the office at the Prudential Center also reaffirms Roy’s relationship with the Greater Boston community, which responded to the news of Roy’s sudden injury two decades ago with enthusiastic and sustained outpourings of support. In response, the Travis Roy Foundation has extended its fundraising through unique events such as hockey and Wiffle-ball benefit games, with the intent of bringing communities together for fun while raising awareness of the organization’s work.
“I’m optimistic for what the future holds for the Travis Roy Foundation and for people with paralysis,” says Roy. “It’s still a way off, but I look forward to the day when a breakthrough is found and we can go out of business.”