Rick Hansen comes to Halifax
Rick Hansen, the "Man in Motion" was in Halifax on Saturday — 25 years to the day since he was in the Maritimes during a stop on his world tour to raise awareness for spinal cord injuries.
Hansen was 15 when a car accident paralyzed him from the waist down.
During the Man in Motion world tour, Hansen completed the equivalent of three marathons every day through 34 countries.
The tour raised $26 million for spinal cord injury research, rehabilitation and sport.
To mark the occasion, more than 7,000 Canadian "medal bearers" — recognized for making a difference in the lives of others — are taking part in a 12,000-kilometre relay that began in Newfoundland and will end in Vancouver.
Hansen was at the Nova Scotia Rehabilitation Centre in Halifax, where he met with dozens of supporters.
"Rick shows a great sense of hard work and determination, not only overcoming but adjusting to his disability," said Darrell Robar, with the Canadian Paraplegic Association in Nova Scotia.
"It's just fantastic being back to Halifax," said Hansen. "It's like a home away from home … I'll never forget the incredible response I had during the Man in Motion tour."
He said the dream is still to find a cure for spinal cord injuries and make the world more accessible for people with those injuries.
"So coming back is fantastic — to celebrate progress and to recognize local champions," he said.
The nine-month relay will head to Truro, P.E.I., then to New Brunswick over the next few weeks.