It's been 25 years since Rick Hansen finished his Man in Motion World Tour, on May 22, 1987. The original tour, which took Rick all the way around the globe in his wheelchair and raised $26 million for spinal cord research and quality of life initiatives, wrapped up at Vancouver's BC Place Stadium. To celebrate the anniversary, a concert featuring performances by award-winning Canadian artists will take place at BC's Pacific Coliseum tomorrow.
The concert will feature David Foster, Sarah McLachlan, David Suzuki, Jann Arden, Sean Jones, Marianas Trench, The Canadian Tenors, spoken-word poet Shane Koyczan and more. The concert also represents the conclusion of the 25th Anniversary Relay, which began on August 24, 2011 in Cape Spear, Newfoundland and Labrador - the easternmost point in North America. The 25th Anniversary Relay retraces the Canadian portion of Rick's original route, with over 7,000 participants joining the route through over 600 communities.
Today at 5:00, there will be an End of Day celebration at the PNE Amphitheatre in Vancouver. Rick will wheel in with Sarah McLachlan at 5:52 pm, and These Kids Wear Crowns and The Canadian Tenors will perform. If you're in the area, the event is free to the public.
On the show tomorrow night, Tracey Ferguson, Paralympic basketballer, will talk about how Rick changed her life. And Rick himself was on the program recently, and shared his Defining Moment with us - when an injury to his shoulder led to the greatest relationship of his life:
And in celebration of the 25th anniversary, Mark Stewart, Jocelyn Dennis, Ingwong Ward, and Jeff Adams told us about what Rick Hansen and his legacy mean to them:
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