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.
Terry Fox Secondary celebration of the Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Cross Canada Relay
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.
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.
Rick Hansen has always been an adventurer at heart.
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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.