About Roger Foley (B.A. Economic, History) , Canadian Ataxia Conference founder and organizer:

Roger is the founder and organizer of the Canadian Ataxia Conference, and the current President of the "Canadian Association for Familial Ataxias" Central Canada Branch. Roger is a former Royal Bank of Canada Manager, and multiple time RBC Award of Excellence and Top Performer Award recipient. Roger created the Canadian Ataxia Conference to increase awareness, research, knowledge, and patient support of Ataxia and for Canadians affected with the disease. Roger is also a third party volunteer event producer and fundraiser for many charities and foundations.

Roger was born with Cerebellar Ataxia which continues to deteriorated over his life span. In 2009 the disease broke Roger's Neurological health completely. He lost his ability to walk, speak, control limbs, stay conscious for long periods of time, and bouts of twitches and tremors.

"The fight against ataxia was not going too well for me, my health began to break down completely after decades of battling against the condition. In 2009 my health completely collapsed and I was near death continuing to fight against it the way I had since birth. I lost my ability to walk, speak, control my limbs, or stay conscious for long periods of time. Cerebellar Ataxia had ended the way of life I fought so hard to build. I felt lost, cheated, and defeated.

But with all this happening I still had fight left in me, I was not going to give up. I have had so many challenges in my life beyond my health that I never backed down from. I started physiotherapy to learn how to walk and move again. I obsessively learned about nutrition and how I could get my body to function on the best natural food energy resources available. And most importantly, I’ve come to terms with the fact that I have this degenerative hereditary disease and that my health will never be the same, but my fight against it will never cease.

Every day is a challenge, but every day I wake up ready to take on that challenge. I am dedicating the rest of my life to philanthropy, I want to help those with Ataxia and also those living with disabilities in Canada any way I am able."

Roger is both an intellectual and artist. His artistic side forcuses on entertainment production, writing, music, fashion design, and performing. He was one of the musicians involved in the first Canadian Ataxia Conference philanthropy concert going by his performing name Bruteman.

The Bruteman returns to the stage in 2013 for the concert opera"Limitless With Limitations". Limitless With Limitations will start at 5pm on Saturday October 12th 2013 in the Wolf Performance Hall. For more information about the Limitless With Limitations concert opera visit http://www.limitlesswithlimitations.com

Links: http://www.rogerfoley.com, http://www.bruteman.com, http://www.limitlesswithlimitations.com