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Rick Hansen Foundation Commends Federal Contributions In 2010 Budget

Foundation receives funding to continue ongoing leadership in the field of spinal cord injury research and the search for a cure

The Rick Hansen Foundation (RHF) is pleased to have been acknowledged in the 2010 Federal Government Budget, released today.

The 2010 Budget has generously provided $9 million over two years to support RHF, including the 25th Anniversary of the Man In Motion World Tour, and the newly established Rick Hansen Institute (RHI), an international centre of excellence in spinal cord care and research. This funding will contribute to advancing knowledge and research that will improve the lives of people with spinal cord injuries (SCI) in Canada and abroad.

“I am pleased that the Government of Canada has continued its commitment to further advancing progress in the field of Spinal Cord Injury” said Rick Hansen, President & CEO of the Rick Hansen Foundation. “The Government has supported us since the beginning of our journey, 25 years ago and I look forward to our to our ongoing relationship.”

The timing of this funding, in advance of the 2010 Paralympic Winter Games, is yet another example of Canada’s leadership in social change. Over the past decade, Canada has confirmed its role as a global leader in various aspects of spinal cord injury research and service delivery. The Government of Canada’s support has been critical in making this happen.

About The Rick Hansen Foundation:
The Rick Hansen Foundation, a registered charitable organization, provides the leadership to create more accessible and inclusive communities for people with a spinal cord injury, and supports the search for a cure. The Foundation achieves its goals by connecting the people and resources that make innovation possible.

About The Rick Hansen Institute:
The Rick Hansen Institute is a national collaboration of people with spinal cord injuries, service providers, community organizations, researchers and clinicians, all working to minimize disability and maximize quality of life for people with spinal cord injuries through focused translational research, implementation of best practices, and development of community partnerships. www.rickhanseninstitute.org

For media inquiries, please contact:

Erin McMillan
Snr. Specialist, Marketing & Communications
Rick Hansen Foundation
e: emcmillan@rickhansen.com