Rick Hansen's Man In Motion World Tour
30 Years Later—A Celebration of Courage, Strength, and the Power of Community
- ISBN: 9781771643443
- Tags: Biography, Jake MacDonald, Rick Hansen, Sports & Recration,
- Dimensions: 8.5 x 10
- Published On: 8/23/2017
- 144 Pages
A beautifully illustrated 30th anniversary celebration of Rick Hansen’s Man In Motion World Tour, which broke barriers for people with disabilities and inspired ordinary citizens to realize impossible dreams.
On March 21, 1985, world-class wheelchair marathoner and multiple Paralympic medalist Rick Hansen set out from Vancouver, B.C., on his Man In Motion World Tour. The twenty-six-month trek took him and a small but determined crew almost 25,000 miles through thirty-four countries on four continents before crossing Canada. In the process, they raised $26 million for spinal cord research and for initiatives to improve the quality of life and accessibility for people with disabilities. Thirty years after the journey ended, Rick Hansen’s Man In Motion World Tour celebrates that ground-breaking accomplishment and, with a Foreword from Rick himself, highlights the legacy of the Man In Motion World Tour and the amazing progress it has spurred up to the present day. Illustrated with 75 exclusive photographs from the Rick Hansen Foundation archives, it is a universal story of courage and adversity, human strength and personal suffering, and, above all, the power of community to effect lasting social change.
Rick Hansen, a three-time Paralympic gold medalist, is a Canadian icon best known as the "Man in Motion" for undertaking an epic two-year circumnavigation around the world in his wheelchair. He is now the CEO of the Rick Hansen Foundation, an organization committed to creating a world without barriers for people with disabilities.
Jake MacDonald is the author of Houseboat Chronicles: Notes from a Life in the Shield Country, as well as five works of fiction. He is also an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in Sporting Classics, Saturday Night, Canadian Geographic, Maclean's, and the Winnipeg Free Press. He lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba.