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.