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Hansen receives the Order of Canada

They said it couldn't be done, but Rick Hansen defied all the odds. The long, gruelling hours. Bitter cold and oppressive humidity. The numbing pain that shot through his arms and shoulders at the end of the day. But nothing stopped Hansen as he circled the world in his wheelchair for over two years to raise awareness and money for spinal cord research. And even when the tour was over he kept going, a man in perpetual motion.

The Order of Canada is awarded to Hansen in 1988.

Medium: Television
Program: The National
Broadcast Date: March 29, 1988
Guest(s):
Host: Knowlton Nash
Duration: 0:27

Last updated: March 19, 2013

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