The Man In Motion
How It Began
The real beginning of his leadership was on March,2,1985 when he took his visions of creating healthy and inclusive communities and pushed his wheelchair out of Vancouver B.C. to begin his two year journey, The Man In Motion tour.
What He Did
Rick assembled a team to go on the tour with him that was made up of a road crew and home team. Ricks team faced many challenges as they traveled for two years through thirty four countries and four continents. The whole world was following his journey and he received endless amounts of supports, he even met with world leaders along the way.He wheeled the equivalent of two marathons every day before he returned home to Vancouver.Rick was not only able to raise awareness of the potential of people with disabilities, he also raised $26 million to support his cause. When Ricks tour ended he realized there was still much more work to do. Many people were inspired by Rick's extraordinary motivation , he helped people realize their potentials and abilities to accomplish their goals and dreams, Rick made many motivational speeches that led to new policies, building codes, and legislation which aimed at making the world more accessible and inclusive. This was not an easy journey though, the team faced many challenges along the way including storms, wildlife, hunger,fires, robberies, and difficult terrains, but they never gave up. Through his hardships and motivation Rick was able to lead others into believing in themselves no matter what others say.
"Anything is possible" - Rick Hansen
Courage is not the absence of fear - it's inspiring others to move beyond it
Lead from the front - but don't leave your base behind
Appearances matter - and remember to smile
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