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Rick Hansen suffered a spinal cord injury at the age of 15 after a car accident. But it didn't stop him - during the 1980s he was active in the Paralympics as a wheelchair basketball player. He became inspired by Terry Fox's Marathon of Hope and when Terry Fox was forced to end his run across Canada prematurely, Rick Hansen made a vow to carry on.
This vow became the "Man in Motion" tour. Rick circumnavigated the globe in his wheelchair raising awareness and money for spinal cord research. It was a 26 month trek across 4 continents and 34 countries.
Rick's activism and the foundation he created after the tour continue to this day.
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Don Quinlan is the author of Tim Horton from the Larger Than Life series. He lives in Toronto, Ontario.
Gr 5–8—Hansen was only 16 when he was thrown from a vehicle, broke his spine and was relegated to a wheelchair. After long moments of anger, frustration, and self-doubt, he chose to turn to sports to prove that a wheelchair wouldn't limit him. Hansen is widely known for his two-year Man-in-Motion World Tour to raise awareness for people with disabilities and to raise funds for spinal-cord research. Told in an engaging tone, and including many full-color photos, this book will be inspirational for many readers and will easily align with Common Core State Standards in the classroom. A worthwhile addition to biography sections.—Esther Keller, I.S. 278, Brooklyn, NY
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Book Description Fitzhenry & Whiteside Ltd, 2013. Hardcover. Condition: Brand New. 72 pages. 9.25x7.00x0.50 inches. In Stock. Seller Inventory # zk1554551951