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    Man in Motion tour returns — 25 years later

    Man in Motion tour returns — 25 years later
    By ROBERTA BELL The Packet & Times
    Updated 1 hour ago
    It was 25 years ago in December that Rick Hansen wheeled his chair through Orillia.

    Hansen — otherwise known as the Man in Motion — made his way around the world to raise awareness and money for spinal cord research after a car crash at age 15 left him paralyzed from the waist down.

    A stop on the Canadian leg of Hansen's original tour, Orillia is one of 600 communities participating in a commemorative relay event, which kicked off in Cape Spear, Nfld., at the end of August.

    Over the course of 273 days, a special medal designed by the Royal Canadian Mint will touch the hands of more than 7,000 Canadians as it travels 12,000 kilometres to Vancouver.

    The relay will travel through every capital city, province and territory in the country and arrive in Orillia on Dec. 10, although Hansen rolled through on Dec. 6 1986.

    Orillia's manager of recreation services Paul Barnetson said the four-day gap is because there are communities today that didn't exist 25 years ago.

    "Themusicians, will take place.
    y're trying to match as much as they can to the original schedule," Barnetson said.


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    No mention of any new funding from Ottawa ... not that the foundation would know what to do with it properly. I will give the man his due - he changed so much and opened doors for the disabled in Canada.

    'Man in Motion' Rick Hansen honoured in Ottawa

    By Robert Hiltz, Postmedia News October 25, 2011 8:06 PM

    OTTAWA — Still in motion more than two decades after circling the world in a wheelchair, Rick Hansen made a stop Tuesday on Parliament Hill to celebrate the 25th anniversary of his Man in Motion tour.

    Rick Hansen was praised by members of both the upper and lower houses in a ceremony honouring the fundraising athlete, a quarter of a century after his astounding 40,000-kilometre marathon to raise money for spinal cord injury research.

    "What better way to illustrate here in the House so much progress, than to see Steven Fletcher, Manon Perreault and Warrant Officer (Roger) Perrault being here and to see the kind of progress that's taken place that 25 years ago would have been an impossible dream," Hansen said.

    MPs Fletcher and Manon Perreault are both disabled. Roger Perrault was wounded in Afghanistan in 2007 and was awarded the chief of defence staff commendation for deeds beyond the call of duty.

    "It's an incredible sense of pride, inspiration and gratitude. Those are the three major emotions that are going through me at the moment," Hansen said after giving his speech. "Pride in the sense of knowing that our journey is continuing. Gratitude is reflective of so many people who have stopped to make it possible and who have decided to continue on this journey and be part of our 25th anniversary. And a sense of inspiration because it makes you believe our best work is in front of us."

    Hansen and his team are retracing the steps of his journey that 25 years ago — "To the day," Heritage Minister James Moore pointed out — took Hansen through Ottawa and around the globe...

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