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Title: Terry Riordon Memorial Fund & DU
Post by: Canadian_Vet on March 31, 2012, 11:51:55 AM


Terry Riordon was a member of the Canadian Armed Forces serving in the Gulf War. He passed away in April 1999 at the age of 45. The official cause of death was Gulf War Syndrome.

Terry went to the Persian Gulf in December 26, 1990 with honor, dignity and pride - serving his country as Captain J. Terry Riordon of the Canadian Armed Forces. Terry left Canada a very fit man who did cross-country skiing and ran in marathons. On his return only two months later he could barely walk.

He returned to Canada in February 1991 with documented loss of motor control, chronic fatigue, respiratory difficulties, chest pain, difficulty breathing, sleep problems, short-term memory loss, testicle pain, body pains, aching bones, diarrhea, and depression. After his death depleted uranium (DU) contamination was discovered in his lungs and bones.

For eight years he suffered his innumerable ailments and struggled with the military bureaucracy and the system to get proper diagnosis and treatment. His wife, Susan Riordon, speaks most eloquently of the nightmare of physical, mental and emotional hardship endured not just by Terry but his entire family.

He was ultimately unsuccessful it getting the answers or help he needed in his lifetime. His final wish was to donate his body to independent research on DU. That was Terry's gift to all who served in the Persian Gulf. He wanted his body to supply the answers to years of suffering and frustration. Through his gift UMRC was able to have obtain conclusive evidence of internal DU contamination in his lungs and bones. Even after death Terry continues to contribute to his country and his fellow veterans.

You can honour Terry Riordon's memory and other veterans who gave their lives and health for their country. UMRC has established the "Terry Riordon Memorial Fund" to help make possible scientific research on uranium and informed medical diagnosis of exposed persons. By making a financial donation, you are supporting essential work that has as yet to be undertaken seriously by public agencies in Canada. All contributions are tax deductible in the United States and Canada. Donations are made payable to Uranium Medical Research Centre (UMRC). Please indicate that the donation is directed to the "Terry Riordon Memorial Fund".

UMRC is pleased to be supported by Susan Riordon, Captain Riordon's widow. She is also the Chair, Canadian Peacekeeping Veteran Association (CPVA) - Atlantic Regional.