Building a healthy, inclusive world

Who We Are

In 1973, at the age of 15, Rick Hansen’s life changed forever. He was involved in an accident that paralyzed him from the waist down. Coming to terms with his new life, he found inspiration from teachers, coaches and family, and set new goals from new dreams. Rick went on to become one of Canada's most decorated Paralympic athletes. 

In March 1985, Rick set off from Vancouver to wheel 40,000 kilometres through 34 countries on the Man In Motion World Tour to prove the potential of people with disabilities. His 26-month journey inspired an entire nation to believe anything is possible and moved thousands to make a difference.

After the Tour, he established the Rick Hansen Foundation to find a cure for spinal cord injuries and create more accessible communities.

Since 1988, the Foundation has leveraged the $26 million raised during the Tour into $280 million in investments towards spinal cord research, accessibility projects and quality of life initiatives.

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Photo of Rick wheeling through Australia on the original Man in Motion World Tour
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