“I honestly believe that my best work is in front, not behind me. I am driven by a deep passion and need to make a difference and leave this world a little better than when I arrived. That’s what keeps me going.” Rick Hansen
Whenever I pass by the grounds of the Vancouver Hospital, I stop by the commemorative sculpture of Rick Hansen’s “Man in Motion” sculpture and think back to 1985, when it all started.
In 1985, Don and I were living in Kitsilano area of Vancouver close to the Fogg N’ Suds pub that we frequented on a regular basis. Rick Hansen was an unknown to us – that is until a huge map of the world greeted us at the Fogg N’ Suds entrance in early 1985. That is when we first heard about Rick Hansen and his Man in Motion Tour.
When the Man in Motion World Tour was launched on March 21, 1985 from Oakridge Mall in Vancouver, very little attention was given to this young man. His commitment and determination never wavered. Through rain, winds, heat, he averaged 8 hours of “wheeling” a day to log in 40,075 kilometers.
We followed him, virtually from Vancouver, as he embarked on his 26-month trek, via wheel chair, through 34 countries on four continents – North America, Europe, Oceania, and Asia. He returned home on May 22, 1987 after raising $26 million for spinal cord research and quality of life initiatives.
Rick Hansen continues to foster a spirit of hope and endurance. I invite you to meet up with Rick and the amazing organization that has the vision for “An inclusive world where people with disabilities are living to their full potential.” RickHansen.com
“This project was timed to commemorate the 10th anniversary of Rick Hansen’s “Man in Motion” world tour. The work was intended to honour his achievements and to act as a symbol of the struggles and hardships that disabled and able bodied people can overcome through perseverence and faith in oneself.” William (Bill) Koochin, Artist Statement