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September 27, 2017 by Paul

New Book Celebrates Rick Hansen’s Man in Motion Tour

Canadian icon Rick Hansen has dedicated his life to creating an accessible world. Known globally for his “Man in Motion” circumnavigation of the planet in his wheelchair, Hansen’s commitment to those living in a world with physical barriers is endlessly inspiring. Now we have a fresh look at the journey that started it all through Man in Motion World Tour: 30 years later — A Celebration of Courage, Strength and the Power of Community—a book by Jake MacDonald that documents Hansen’s tour.

From the Vancouver Courier:

Rick Hansen’s Man in Motion World Tour: 30 years later — A Celebration of Courage, Strength and the Power of Community by Jake MacDonald uses photographs to take readers back to March 21, 1985 when the Paralympic medallist set out from Vancouver with a goal to circumnavigate the world in a wheelchair.

It took Hansen 26 months to complete his quest, but by the time he was done the athlete had caught the attention of not only his home country, but also the world. Through his Man in Motion World Tour, Hansen broke barriers for people with disabilities and inspired ordinary citizens to realize impossible dreams. Hansen and a small, but determined, crew travelled 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.

Read the rest here.