“Man In Motion” – Celebrating 25 Years

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Where were you 25 years ago? The year was 1987

–  Canadian sprinter Ben Johnson sets a new world record in the 100-metre dash

– Edmonton Black Friday – tornado disaster

– Music: Los Lobos (La Bumba), Gloria Estefen, Whitney Houston, Gun n Roses, Rick Astley

– Movies: Dirty Dancing, Princess Bride

– Sidney Crosby was born

– Rick Hansen returns home to Vancouver after his Man in Motion world tour.

1987 – Twenty-five years ago, Rick Hansen had a dream – to make the world more accessible and inclusive and to find a cure for spinal cord injury (SCI). Rick’s dream took shape in the form of the Man in Motion World Tour (MIMWT). For 26 months, he and his team wheeled over 40,000 kilometres through 34 countries, raising awareness of the potential of people with disabilities. The completion of this epic Tour was a testament to willpower, physical prowess and the ability to lead a seemingly impossible campaign. It was the beginning of a lifelong and selfless journey to make a positive difference in the lives of others.

The Rick Hansen 25th Anniversary Relay will re-trace the Canadian segment of the original Man in Motion World Tour. Starting in Newfoundland and travelling westward to British Columbia, the nine-month relay will cover 12,000 kilometres, and visit over 600 communities from coast to coast – in every province and territory. With over 7,000 participants, this exciting and inspiring journey will celebrate and highlight Canadians who are the pride of their communities, recognizing everyday heroes, including youth, who are making a difference in the lives of others and who motivate us all to better our country and our world.

The Rick Hanson Canadian tour goes through Alberta Feb 15 to Mar 19 2012. For specific tour routes go to . Specifically highlight the NW region from March 16- 18 the tour travels up highway 16 Entwistle, Evansburg, Wildwood, Edson, Marlboro, Hinton and Jasper.

Follow our journey through 600 communities and across 12,000 kilometres by clicking onto the interactive Relay Map.

Yvonne Rempel | 780.827.1464 |

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