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    Rick Hansen concludes China tour at Hong Kong SCI youth Rally; eleven- day visit resu

    Rick Hansen concludes China tour at Hong Kong SCI youth Rally; eleven- day visit results in strengthened international collaboration and celebration for positive social change.




    4-21-11 1:12 PM EDT |
    Rick Hansen concludes China tour at Hong Kong SCI youth Rally; eleven- day visit results in strengthened international collaboration and celebration for positive social change.
    Canada NewsWire

    HONG KONG, April 21

    HONG KONG, April 21 /CNW/ - Rick Hansen, Canada's Man In Motion, addressed a stadium of 1,500 Hong Kong youth today in the final leg of his visit to China where he visited Beijing, Shanghai, Shantou and Hong Kong. The eleven-day trip to China is part of the 25th Anniversary International Program which aims to further international collaboration and partnership agreements in regards to the Rick Hansen Spinal Cord Injury Registry (RHSCIR), recognize international achievements in the areas of finding a cure for spinal cord injuries, celebrate the achievements of the last two and a half decades, and engage youth in meaningful dialogue - all while looking to the future in the hopes that all communities can become healthy, accessible and inclusive.

    "It's been incredibly encouraging to see the tremendous progress China has made. Rights for people with disabilities are translated into policy...and you can also see the positive changes in the built environment," said Rick Hansen, President and CEO of the Rick Hansen Foundation (RHF). "In the past eleven days, we have been fortunate to meet with great scientists, energized youth, spinal cord patients in hospitals, organizations representing persons with disabilities, and medical leaders in China who are now collaborating with The Rick Hansen Foundation and The Rick Hansen Institute. We are now moving as a global team to share spinal cord research best practices and recognize achievements of individuals who are making a better world in China. My return to this great country this time has been about the many in motion that are joining me to help forge a path to a healthier and more inclusive world."

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    Now time to get back to your actual job: get nothing done
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    I was at this rally. It was actually quite amazing. About 1500 school children attended this event held at the Shatin Jockey Club, as well as all the major disability associations. People who received awards included 4 people with spinal cord injury and a person who holds a world record in the 100 meter dash in the para-Olympics. It was both uplifting and touching. The school children asked questions of Sang Lan, Christine Leung, and Rick Hansen.

    It is part of a significant fundraising drive that we are carrying out in Hong Kong to raise money for the ChinaSCINet trials. We have raised HK$8.2 million (about HK$7.77 per US$1.00) so far and will be running a telethon on April 30.

    Wise.

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    Ox, Come to Vancouver and take a tour of Rick's new ICORD Research and Rehabilitation Center. It is a world class SCI Center specializing in SCI issues.

    He has spent countless hours on the road helping to organize Nations to raise funds for SCI research and developement.

    He and 4 other racers broke the barrier at the 1980 Olympics by being the first disabled racers to do an event in the abled bodied games.

    He wheeled around the world doing up to 82 miles a day sometimes hoping to raise awareness of what a disabled person could do. Stan Stronge and I would send him DMSO in far away places to helpease the shoulders. It was all we had back in those days; horse linament.

    When he first decided to wheel around the world, it was going to be in honor of our good friend, Terry Fox. He wan't even thinking of SCI research or awareness in the very beginning; it was about Terry.

    Soon after, the world tour came together with his vision of SCI awareness. He had no funding or idea of how it would be acomplished but he started to train bigtime for it. As more influential people came on board things barely started to happen.

    He went to Bill Reid, the President of the BC Bank at the time, for advice and help with funding. Mr. Reid was Amanda's, his now wife's, father. He was skeptical of anyone in a wheelchair, nevermind one wanting to wheel around the world in a wheelchair. Rick had to climb a flight of stairs to get to the door. When Mr. Reid answered the door and saw him standing there, he remarked that if he could climb those stairs he could make it around the world. The rest is history that I don't need to bore you with.

    For a boy freshly injured from Williams Lake,BC to one who undoubtly is one of the best known SCI Advocates and for research in the World; One, who has committed his life to the cause, yet still takes the time to go visit with individuals and encourage them to maximize their potential. I think he does a lot.

    Perhaps you should ask Dr. Wise and the other researchers if Rick does anything. SHow some respect for someone with that much history. He makes a good buck at it, big deal; who said life had to be tough.

    Now it's your turn to carry on his tradition and get something going in Spain.
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    Excellent post, Patrick.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Patrick Madsen View Post
    Ox, Come to Vancouver and take a tour of Rick's new ICORD Research and Rehabilitation Center. It is a world class SCI Center specializing in SCI issues.

    He has spent countless hours on the road helping to organize Nations to raise funds for SCI research and developement.

    He and 4 other racers broke the barrier at the 1980 Olympics by being the first disabled racers to do an event in the abled bodied games.

    He wheeled around the world doing up to 82 miles a day sometimes hoping to raise awareness of what a disabled person could do. Stan Stronge and I would send him DMSO in far away places to helpease the shoulders. It was all we had back in those days; horse linament.

    When he first decided to wheel around the world, it was going to be in honor of our good friend, Terry Fox. He wan't even thinking of SCI research or awareness in the very beginning; it was about Terry.

    Soon after, the world tour came together with his vision of SCI awareness. He had no funding or idea of how it would be acomplished but he started to train bigtime for it. As more influential people came on board things barely started to happen.

    He went to Bill Reid, the President of the BC Bank at the time, for advice and help with funding. Mr. Reid was Amanda's, his now wife's, father. He was skeptical of anyone in a wheelchair, nevermind one wanting to wheel around the world in a wheelchair. Rick had to climb a flight of stairs to get to the door. When Mr. Reid answered the door and saw him standing there, he remarked that if he could climb those stairs he could make it around the world. The rest is history that I don't need to bore you with.

    For a boy freshly injured from Williams Lake,BC to one who undoubtly is one of the best known SCI Advocates and for research in the World; One, who has committed his life to the cause, yet still takes the time to go visit with individuals and encourage them to maximize their potential. I think he does a lot.

    Perhaps you should ask Dr. Wise and the other researchers if Rick does anything. SHow some respect for someone with that much history. He makes a good buck at it, big deal; who said life had to be tough.

    Now it's your turn to carry on his tradition and get something going in Spain.
    Do you think Rick Hansen is doing everithing right?

    Do you think Rick Hansen is God? (some of my canadian friends do actually)

    If I were Rick I would welcome criticism as listening to criticism it is an effective way to improve what one is doing.

    Once again I recognise all the good things Rick has done, but I just want to focus on what is the best thing to do today and tomorrow to make a cure happen.

    I hope somebody can get this right.

    Paolo
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    It's not a matter of slagging off Rick Hansen has done and what he's doing. He has done good work and is doing good work now.
    The issue where ther is frustration is that he bandies around the word cure, but we don't see anything in that direction from RHI or ICORD.
    I have written, as well as many others, to both orgs asking about what percentage of the budgets go to research on regeneration but there are no answers.
    Go to their facebook page and ask about wheelchair racing and they'll answer you in a second. Ask anywhere about their budgets and ther is no response.
    How is it that an org like Spinal Cord Society New Zealand, which is poor in comparison, can fund a clinical trial for a cure but RHI and ICORD haven't.
    These are important questions and they are completely fair.

    I would love people to write and ask. Please share the information you get.
    I think the problem here is that people think he's working towards a cure so they compliment him.
    But there are no figures or facts to show that he is. No one is criticisng him for not curing SCI, the criticism is that curing sci is no longer the focus.

    Please someone, tell me I'm wrong and you have the figures and facts to show that these orgs are committed to curing sci.
    Waiting for an answer! I would love to say that I've missed it. I would like to be wrong on this because if a guy like :ansen is working towards the cure, I can really put faith in that.

    PS. I don't remember anyone criticisng his salary, so why are people rushing to defend it.
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    Stem Cells, you are right. You're questions to Hansen are right on. I've had the same passings with Reeve Foundation and others. We're interested in the word cure and how it might apply to us. We really need a progress report from Wise and others as to the results of their trials. We then need to moveon from there and start to discuss trials for us and talk real results. All the glamour and glitter will take a place at the end of the line. Speaking for myself, I'm not interested in wheechair races and the such. To some, it may be benficial and good for them if it provides glee and progress. We need trials with results and then a line of us to get our therapies. We then have both lanes to pursue, cure and wheelchiar achievments. Take your choice. Hopefully, we will get results and further trials this year that will alow each of us to take our choice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StemCells&AtomBombs View Post
    I think the problem here is that people think he's working towards a cure so they compliment him.
    But there are no figures or facts to show that he is. No one is criticisng him for not curing SCI, the criticism is that curing sci is no longer the focus.
    Please someone, tell me I'm wrong and you have the figures and facts to .
    That criticism is invalid. The current criticism in the community is that active living or the 'care' component has been abandoned.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Van Quad View Post
    That criticism is invalid. The current criticism in the community is that active living or the 'care' component has been abandoned.
    Where do you live?
    Which community are you talking about?
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