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More than $1.2 million raised at Rick Hansen Wheels In Motion last Sunday with more funds to come
VANCOUVER, June 16 /CNW/ – Thousands of Canadians demonstrated how they can make a difference in the lives of others by coming together this past weekend in communities across the country in support of Rick Hansen Wheels In Motion, presented by Scotiabank. Fundraising is ongoing to June 30, but preliminary results indicate that the 7th annual Rick Hansen Wheels In Motion has raised more than $1.2 million.
Rick Hansen event funds work in Stouffville
No one can fully comprehend what it’s like to live life with a spinal cord injury or be confined to a wheelchair.
Which is why Whitchurch-Stouffville is again playing host to the Rick Hansen Scotiabank Wheelchair Challenge.
Basketballs bounced, wheels turned and the whistle was blown for yesterday’s official kickoff of Barrie’s seventh annual Rick Hansen Wheels in Motion event.
The annual event, presented by Scotiabank, brings Canadians together to raise money and awareness to improve the quality of life for people with spinal cord injuries.
“The goal is to bring awareness to wheels in motion and to people with disabilities,” Drew Rigden, athlete ambassador for Parasport Ontario, said yesterday in Barrie.
VANCOUVER, B.C. – Man in Motion wheelchair athlete Rick Hansen saw a dream come true Tuesday with the opening of a world-class spinal cord injury research centre in Vancouver.
The Blusson Spinal Cord Centre at Vancouver General Hospital will have more than 300 researchers looking for new ways to treat spinal injuries and providing outpatient care.
Several University of Guelph leaders will be spending June 4 in wheelchairs to help raise awareness of the upcoming Wheels in Motion event and the challenges faced by people living with spinal cord injury and other physical disabilities.
President Alastair Summerlee, who is the honorary chair of the sixth annual Wheels in Motion being held June 8, has spent a day in a wheelchair for the past several years to draw attention to the event. This year, he will be joined by Joanne Shoveller, vice-president (alumni affairs and development); Brenda Whiteside, associate vice-president (student affairs); Mike Emes, dean of the College of Biological Science; and Robin Begin, director of Campus Community Police. Summerlee will also spend Wednesday, June 4, in a wheelchair.
A team of volunteers in Surrey is preparing to organize the sixth annual Rick Hansen Wheels In Motion, presented by Scotiabank and taking place on Sunday, June 8.
The Surrey Event Committee, chaired by Stan Leyenhorst and Tara Cleave, is asking the local community to show their support by joining the local event committee.
“Last year’s event was an unbelievable success and we want to build on that success this year by getting as many people involved as possible,” said Cleave.
“Wheels In Motion brings the community together to have fun, meet new people, and raise funds for solutions that improve the quality of life of men, women and children with a spinal cord injury.”
St. Teresa man recovering from spinal cord injury suffered in car accident
Michael Curran is inching his way back to independence.
Curran, 32, of St. Teresa says his busy recovery road since enduring a spinal cord injury in a car crash in May while on his way to work is overwhelming.
So much has been done —and a great deal more lies ahead — to deal with having become a quadriplegic seven months ago.
“It blows you away,” Curran said of all that needs to be done.
Thank you, Canada!
VANCOUVER, June 21 /CNW/ – Preliminary results indicate that the 5th annual Rick Hansen Wheels In Motion, presented by Scotiabank, has raised over $2 million to help improve the quality of life of people with spinal cord injury. Since the inception of Rick Hansen Wheels In Motion in 2003, Canadians have contributed $7.6 million to this annual fundraising event.
“Thank you to everyone who wheeled, walked and fundraised in support of Rick Hansen Wheels In Motion events held across Canada on Sunday, June 10,” said Bill Crook, Executive Director of Rick Hansen Wheels In Motion. “This event has grown steadily over the past five years and this year’s success is evidence that thousands of Canadians have embraced Rick Hansen and the spirit of the 20th anniversary of his legendary Man In Motion World Tour.”
EDMONTON (CP) – Alberta is hoping a $12-million donation over three years to the Rick Hansen Foundation will help the province become a national leader in spinal cord injury research and treatment.
Hansen’s foundation has provided $200 million for research and support for people with spinal cord injuries since his Man In Motion tour, which saw Hansen circle the globe for two years in his wheelchair starting in 1985.
Bell welcomes Rick Hansen to its Olympic and Paralympic family and supports youth engagement expansion
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, May 28 /CNW Telbec/ – Bell and the Rick Hansen Foundation announced a partnership today whereby Rick Hansen will work with Bell in support of their commitment to the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games and community engagement initiatives.
Bell will also support the Rick Hansen Foundation’s strategy of engaging more youth in British Columbia and Alberta.