Already a world-renowned wheelchair athlete, this British Columbian fulfilled a dream of wheeling around the world to make others aware of the potential of the disabled and to raise funds for spinal cord research among other things. His 44,000 km. journey, recently completed, took him to four continents and 33 countries, inspiring people around the world to realize their potential and raising many millions of dollars for the cause. – Order of Canada citation, 1987 Jun 29
Well, the Companion of the Order of Canada is one of Rick Hansen’s honours. There are 32 more athletic and citizenship awards, including 14 honourary PhDs. He’s had 4 elementary schools named after him.
When he was thrown out of the back of a pickup truck, did the 15-year-old lying paralyzed in that hospital bed think that he would do all this with his life?