Rowan’s Law Day
Who was Rowan Stringer?
Rowan Stringer loved rugby. A competitive and keen athlete, she was captain of her high school’s team. Tragically, in May 2013, 17-year old Rowan died as the result of head injuries she sustained while playing rugby. In the week before her last game, Rowan was hit twice while playing, likely sustaining a concussion after each blow. Her concussions went unreported, and she continued to play. Rowan suspected something wasn’t right—she texted a friend about her condition and used Google to search for information about concussions. When she was hit again in her final game, Rowan suffered what is known as Second Impact Syndrome—catastrophic swelling caused by a second injury to a brain still healing from previous trauma. Rowan collapsed on the field on May 8, 2013, and died four days later.
What is Rowan’s Law Day?
Rowan’s Law Day was established in 2018, and will be observed across Ontario on the last Wednesday in September each year. The purpose of Rowan’s Law Day is to increase concussion education awareness, especially in schools.
Rowan’s Law Day 2018: Events and Resources
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- Free Speaker Series: Concussion Management, September 26th, 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Ottawa
This information session will be led by Kathleen and Gordon Stringer and Dr. Michael Vassilyadi, Paediatric Neurosurgeon, CHEO
- Ophea’s Rowan’s Law Day Toolkit for Schools
Rowan’s Law Day Assembly, September 26th, Newtonbrook Secondary School, Toronto (by invitation only)
This event for staff and students will feature speakers from Parachute, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, and Holland Bloorview.
- Rowan’s Law Day: Collaborative Clinical Concussion Update, September 26th, 2:00 – 3:30 pm, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, Toronto
This event will be facilitated by Eric Lindros and feature presentations from Parachute, Sunnybrook, Holland Bloorview, and the Ontario Neurotrauma Foundation