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Success Stories


We'd like to say a big thank you to everyone participating in the Day of Possibilities.
On this page we're featuring stories of success from our fantastic fundraisers.


Valhalla Pure Outfitter's Extreme Everest Challenge

Hudson Bay Mountain, Smithers BC | March 10-11, 2012

The team at Valhalla’s prime motivation for fundraising was to celebrate their friend Rod Leighton, a quadriplegic, and his continued ability to inspire, by paying tribute to his past accomplishments.

The event involved climbing up and skiing down 8,850 metres (the height of Mount Everest) over a 24-hour period, as individuals or in teams of two or three.

Rod participated in the event too, ski touring up approximately 250 metres and skiing down with assistance. Way to go Rod!



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Derrick Ferguson's Wheel In Motion Tour

After almost two years of planning, Derrick took off on May 6th, 2012 for his Wheel In Motion Tour with a goal of riding his unicycle 2,633 km across Ontario.

Due to a serious knee injury just a few days into his tour, Derrick sadly had to cancel his event. Despite this setback, Derrick is still strongly motivated to raise funds for the Rick Hansen Foundation, and so far has raised close to $2,000.

“Rick is my biggest inspiration, as an athlete and as a person,” Derrick says. “He has inspired me to keep pushing myself and never give up.”



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Maya and Hannah Cudney's Hope Rope

Sisters 10-year-old Maya Cudney and 13-year-old Hannah Cudney were on a mission to raise $5,000 for the Rick Hansen Foundation and surpassed their goal! They create and sell beautiful HOPE ROPE bracelets for various charities and designed an exclusive HOPE ROPE in honour of Rick Hansen.






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Lonnie Bissonnette – Endurance Athlete and Determined Fundraiser

Lonnie participated in the 25th Anniversary Relay from Winnipeg to Calgary as an Endurance Athlete. “I was privileged to be a part of the Relay, but I knew I could do more,” Lonnie Says. “My relay segment became my storyline, and I used that to help me fundraise for the Rick Hansen Foundation.” Lonnie raised more than $8,000 for the Foundation. 

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Kane Fraser, BAJA 1000

Kane, hailing from Rick’s hometown of Williams Lake, BC, raced the Baja 1000 (an off-road race that takes place on Mexico’s Baja-California Peninsula) to celebrate the 25th Anniversary and to support Rick Hansen. “Rick’s a small town boy from Williams Lake that has done so much for so many,” Kane says. Raising more than $26,000 for the Foundation, Kane was also the lucky winner of our LIVE video chat with Rick!

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Rick Hansen Foundation Staff’s ‘Wheelchair for a Day’

On May 11th, 2012, Rick Hansen Foundation staff held their own internal Day of Possibilities event with more than 20 people participating in the Wheelchair for a Day fundraiser. A total of $2,711 was raised for spinal cord injury research and accessibility programs across Canada.

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Doug Spencer, President of Summit Marketing Limited Canada

Doug was chosen to be a Medal-Bearer in the 25th Anniversary Relay and, having been a long-time supporter of Rick’s, wanted to do something to give back. Along with his friends, family and colleagues, Doug raised more than $6,000 for the Foundation. 

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Stacey Hall, Owner of MAKE Vancouver Rick Hansen Flag Project

The MAKE Vancouver Rick Hansen Flag Project is a tribute to the tradition of Tibetan prayer flags whose messages of peace, compassion, strength and wisdom are carried by the wind to all beings on earth. These flags carry the art and well wishes created by more than 500 youth for Rick and all the ‘difference makers’  of the 25th Anniversary Relay. Each flag was sponsored with a donation of $10 and a grand total of $4,238 was raised for the Foundation.

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Sunshine Valley Welcomes the Rick Hansen Relay

Twenty-five years after Rick Hansen passed through the Sunshine Valley as part of his incredible Man In Motion World Tour, Sunshine Valley residents got a chance to welcome the Rick Hansen Relay into their community. Relay Medal Bearer, Doug Querns, and the rest of the Relay team were greeted with a warm fire and delicious homemade baked goods. “We wanted to acknowledge the personal sacrifice of being on the road for nine months by giving this road-weary team some well-deserved TLC,” said Kate Zabell. 
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Share your story

If you've completed a fundraiser, we'd love to hear about it. Email us at fundraising@rickhansen.com with your event name, location, date, description, fundraising goal, motivation for fundraising and a photo.