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Rick Hansen's Man In Motion World Tour

30 Years Later—A Celebration of Courage, Strength, and the Power of Community

foreword by Rick Hansen

by (author) Jake Macdonald

Greystone Books Ltd
Initial publish date
Sep 2017
People with Disabilities, Social Activists, People with Disabilities, Sports
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A beautifully illustrated 30th anniversary celebration of Rick Hansen's Man in Motion Tour, which broke barriers for people with disabilitives and inspired ordinary citizens to realize impossible dreams.

On March 21, 1985, world-class wheelchair marathoner and multiple Paralympic medalist Rick Hansen set out from Vancouver, British Columbia, on his Man in Motion World Tour. The twenty-six-month trek took him and a small but determined crew almost 25,000 miles through 34 countries on four continents before crossing Canada. In the process, they raised $26 million for spinal cord research and for initiatives to improve the quality of life and accessibility for people with disabilities. Thirty years after the journey ended, Rick Hansen's Man in Motion Tour celebrates that ground-breaking accomplishment and, with a foreword from Rick himself, highlights the legacy of the Man in Motion World Tour and the amazing progress it has spurred up to the present day. Illustrated with exclusive photographs from the Rick Hansen Foundation archives, it is a universal story of courage and adversity, human strength and personal suffering, and, above all, the power of community to effect lasting social change.

About the authors

Jim Taylor, author or co-author of fourteen books and a veteran sports columnist with the Vancouver Province, writes with first-hand knowledge of the problems of the disabled: his daughter became a quadriplegic with diffuse brain damage as the result of a skiing accident in 1976 at the age of fourteen. Jim Taylor lives in Vancouver with his wife, Deborah.

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Jake MacDonaldis the author of Houseboat Chronicles: Notes from a Life in the Shield Country, as well as five works of fiction. He is also an award-winning journalist whose work has appeared in Sporting Classics, Saturday Night, Canadian Geographic, Maclean's, and the Winnipeg Free Press. He lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.


Jake Macdonald's profile page

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