The inspiring story -- with over 65,000 copies sold -- of one of Canada's best-loved heroes now with a new introduction and updated design.
In 1973, Rick Hansen was a carefree teenager hitchhiking home from a fishing trip, a kid who lived and breathed sports. But after the truck he was riding in went out of control and crashed, Hansen was left a paraplegic. For some people that could have been the end. For Rick Hansen it was the beginning of a story that is at once sad and funny, heartbreaking and inspirational.
Hansen takes you from the first painful days and frightening nights in hospital, through the gritty process of rehabilitation, to his return to competition as a world champion of wheelchair sports. It is the story of the Man in Motion Tour -- Rick Hansen's incredible 24,901.55-mile wheelchair journey through 34 countries around the world. It is also the love story of Hansen and his wife, Amanda, a physiotherapist whom Hansen calls his "lifeline." And it is a success story -- Rick Hansen has raised millions of dollars for spinal cord research, rehabilitation and wheelchair sports as well as raised awareness about the disabled.
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Rick Hansen is President and CEO of the Rick Hansen Foundation, which has generated more than $200 million for spinal cord injury-related programs and initiatives. He lives with his family in Richmond, BC.
Jim Taylor, author or co-author of fourteen books and a veteran sports columnist with the Vancouver Province, writes with first-hand knowledge of the problems of the disabled: his daughter became a quadriplegic with diffuse brain damage as the result of a skiing accident in 1976 at the age of fourteen. Jim Taylor lives in Vancouver with his wife, Deborah.
The sign stretched above the finish line of Rick Hansen's epic 24,901.55 mile wheelchair journey around the world read: "The End is Just the beginning."
He didn't believe it, couldn't believe it. After better than two years on the road, his mind and body had nothing left to give. It was time to get on with his life. Get married. Find a job.
But the sign was correct. Pushing that wheelchair down endless highways, over mountains, across deserts and even up the Great Wall of China, had raised hopes among the disabled, awareness among the disabled, and some $20 million - but unless it was a stepping stone toward greater goals in research and rehabilitation, the benefits of the Man in Motion World Tour could be short-term.
That was the challenge. Hansen was the logical catalyst. And thus the dream that was supposed to be completed as he crossed that finish line extended through and past the next decade.
By now, the world knows the Rick Hansen story, the tale of a carefree, sports-loving teenager who hitched a ride home from a fishing trip, was hurled from the back of the truck as it went out of control, and woke up a paraplegic.
All the heartbreaking, funny and gutsy stories of his road back: the painful days and frightening nights in hospital, the disbelief, the acceptance, the numbing months of rehabilitation, the competitiveness that drove him to become a world wheelchair-sports champion.
And the tour: The clearly impossible, can't-be-done, are-you-out-of-your-mind dream of pushing a wheelchair around the world that became an odyssey and a love story, and turned a kid from William's Lake, B.C., into a national legend.
The stories come alive again on these pages, along with a special look by Rick Hansen at the post-tour decade and the road ahead for a legend turned family man, who discovered that the end really was just the beginning, after all.
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Book Description Douglas & Mcintyre Ltd. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0888945604 New Book. Dust jacket in protective mylar cover. Bookseller Inventory # B3-247
Book Description Douglas & Mcintyre Ltd, 1987. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. Pages are clean and binding is tight. Not price clipped. The story of Rick Hansen, who became a paraplegic after a car accident, and his 24,901 mile journey through 34 countries in a wheelchair. First edition with full number line.191 Subjects: Hansen, Rick 1957-. Paraplegics --British Columbia --Biography. Wheelchair sports. An exceptional copy; fine in an equally fine dust jacket. Particularly and surprisingly well-preserved; tight, bright, clean and especially sharp-cornered. Literally as new.A clean unmarked copy!. Bookseller Inventory # 000515
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