Rick Hansen by Don QuinlanRick Hansen suffered a spinal cord injury at the age of 15 after a car accident. But it didnt stop him - during the 1980s he was active in the Paralympics as a wheelchair basketball player. He became inspired by Terry Foxs Marathon of Hope and when Terry Fox was forced to end his run across Canada prematurely, Rick Hansen made a vow to carry on.
This vow became the Man in Motion tour. Rick circumnavigated the globe in his wheelchair raising awareness and money for spinal cord research. It was a 26 month trek across 4 continents and 34 countries.
Ricks activism and the foundation he created after the tour continue to this day.
Rick Hansen's Inspiration for Canadian Ag
On the way home from a fishing trip, Rick and his friend Don Alder are in a car accident and are thrown from the back of a pickup truck. Rick injures his spinal cord and is paralyzed from the waist down. Returning home from rehabilitation, Rick is encouraged by his volleyball coach Bob Redford to get involved in wheelchair sports. Rick enrolls at the University of British Columbia. He later becomes the first person with a physical disability to graduate with a degree in Physical Education.
In , with one leg having been amputated due to cancer, he embarked on an east to west cross-Canada run to raise money and awareness for cancer research. His right leg was amputated in after he was diagnosed with osteosarcoma , though he continued to run using an artificial leg. He also played wheelchair basketball in Vancouver , winning three national championships. In , he began the Marathon of Hope, a cross-country run to raise money for cancer research. He hoped to raise one dollar from each of Canada's 24 million people. He began with little fanfare from St.
Rick Hansen has always been an adventurer at heart. As a young boy, he dreamed of going on a great adventure one day, and even toyed with the idea of cycling around the world with friends. After his accident, he had to reframe what kinds of adventures were possible.
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Signing up enhances your TCE experience with the ability to save items to your personal reading list, and access the interactive map. He was born in Port Alberni , British Columbia , in The family soon grew, with the births of Brad, Cindy and Christine. John , Abbotsford and Williams Lake — while Rick and his siblings were growing up. Rick had an active childhood and played volleyball , baseball , softball and basketball. He also enjoyed spending time outdoors and fishing with his father and grandfather.
Following a pickup truck accident at the age of 15, Hansen sustained a spinal cord injury and became a paraplegic. Hansen is most famous for his Man in Motion World Tour. He was inducted into the Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in As a young athlete, he had won all-star awards in five sports. He was paralyzed at the age of 15 from being in the back of a truck with his friend, when suddenly the pick up truck swerved and hit a tree.
The following is an edited version of a speech delivered by Ontario Lieut. As the first Lieutenant Governor with a physical disability, the main theme of my term of office is accessibility. Story continues below. I chose this definition as I wanted people to see that accessibility was much, much more than all the enormous physical made over the last few decades. I wanted people to see that accessibility mean much more than what the standard blue wheelchair sign represents.