Tag: Rick Hansen Foundation
Relay involving 7,000 Canadians chosen from 600 communities along the route will begin on 25th anniversary of historic trek
When an exhausted but triumphant Rick Hansen pushed himself into Vancouver on May 22, 1987, after circling the globe in a wheelchair for two years, the miles were all behind him but the journey was just beginning.
Wheelchair athlete again goes beyond borders to urge scientists to share research for a cure
In laboratories around the world, groups of researchers meticulously work to find a cure for spinal-cord injury. But therein lies a problem: They remain isolated from others in their field, and many centres don’t have nearly enough patients to conduct proper studies.
Rick Hansen’s next big project is looking to change all that.
It was the song that encouraged Rick Hansen and inspired a nation as Rick wheeled 40,075 km around the world to show the potential of people with disabilities when barriers are removed and to raise funds for spinal cord injury.
St. Elmo’s Fire (Man in Motion) was written by composer David Foster and British musician John Parr as the theme song for the film of the same name but it was Rick’s journey that really became the basis for the song.
Jeff Scott sounds fairly upbeat calling from his room at the G.F. Strong Rehabilitation Centre in Vancouver last Saturday. He just spent the day out at Stanley Park and the Vancouver Aquarium, in a wheelchair, the result of a spinal injury suffered on the last day of the ski season in April.
“I’ve got a robot I ride around in and push it to it’s limits when I can,” he said. “I take it off-road sometimes.”
Scott, 25, an avid snowmobiler and snowboarder, was injured in a snowboarding accident at Revelstoke Mountain Resort on the last day of the ski season when he missed the landing on a jump.
Rick Hansen talks about cutting-edge spinal cord research being conducted at the International Collaboration on Repair Discoveries
GUELPH — Joe Weiler was among 120 people walking, rolling and running along a 2.5-kilometre course at the University of Guelph Sunday in a Wheels in Motion fundraising event for spinal cord injury services and research.
Weiler, 54, gets around in a wheelchair as he has since 1981, the year the Guelph man was cutting a branch off a tree.
TORONTO, May 10 /CNW/ – On May 11th celebrated athlete and Order of Canada recipient, Rick Hansen, will deliver the inaugural ThinkFirst Canada lectureship alongside fellow Order of Canada recipient, neurosurgeon and founder of ThinkFirst Canada, Dr. Charles Tator. Rick Hansen will be addressing the significance of spinal cord injury in Canada.
VANCOUVER — Rick Hansen is a man on the move again.
On Sunday, the 25th anniversary of the start of his Man in Motion World Tour, Hansen launched another global adventure in his quest to find a cure for spinal cord injury.
This time, he’s set the goal of raising $200 million for spinal-cord research, within the 26 months it took him to circle the globe in his wheelchair.
Man In Motion Rick Hansen has been named as the community torchbearer when the Olympic Torch Relay completes its Richmond leg on Tuesday, February 9, 2010.
“Rick is both an international hero and a tireless community volunteer,” said Richmond Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “We’re proud to have him represent Richmond by carrying the torch and lighting the cauldron during our community celebration. It will not only celebrate the imminent opening of the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, it will be a fitting tribute to the 25th anniversary of Rick’s incredible Man In Motion World Tour.”
TORONTO — When Gemini Award-winning writer Dennis Foon was asked a year and a half ago to pen a play on wheelchair athlete Rick Hansen for a debut at the 2010 Winter Olympics, he was a bit intimidated.
“The really daunting thing about it is, you know, you’ve got this huge life, this living legend, and how do you approach a living legend?” Foon, a Vancouver playwright and novelist who has also written for TV and film, said in a recent telephone interview.