Born on Father’s Day in 1983, Nathan Hornburg was a great student and athlete who joined the reserves straight out of high school. Hornburg was eventually killed while serving in Afghanistan when the armoured recovery vehicle he was driving struck an IED.
Hornburg’s father, Michael, was at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital yesterday to present a cheque on behalf of the Royal Alberta United Services Institute foundation and his own organization, Loops for the Troops, as a thank you to the facility for their excellent care of Canadian soldiers.
“We want to help the Canadian Forces in a very direct and meaningful way,” said Hornburg.
Opened in 1964, the Glenrose is the largest rehabilitation facility in Western Canada and is known for its innovative use of technology and excellent quality of care.
Cpl. Mark Fuchko came to the Edmonton hospital in 2008 after being struck and severely wounded by an IED in Afghanistan. The technology and rehabilitation provided by the centre has enabled Fuchko, who lost both feet, to live a life most people take for granted.
“I’m walking like everyone else,” he said. “They really proved to me that I am capable of so much more.”