Twenty-five years ago, Rick Hansen made his way around the world: in a wheelchair.
Left paralyzed below the waist after a childhood car accident, Hansen set out from Vancouver in 1987. He logged more than 40,000 kilometers in 34 countries in his epic two-year odyssey, raising $26 million for spinal cord research in the process.
This year, Hansen – a dedicated activist who has since raised more than $250 million – has been busy commemorating the 25th anniversary of his original tour with trips around the world.
Now, he’s about to return to Vancouver for an all-star concert. On May 22, the 25th anniversary of his original homecoming, Hansen hosts Rick Hansen Celebration 25 in Vancouver’s historic Pacific Coliseum.
Canadian legends including Grammy-winning singer Sarah McLachlan, classical heartthrobs The Canadian Tenors and Juno-nominated Canadian pop band Marianas Trench are set to rock the stage.
Also expect appearances from environmental activist and Canadian icon David Suzuki and, of course, the Man in Motion himself, Rick Hansen.