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In pictures: Rick Hansen, a man in motion

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Rick Hansen, with a few other wheelchair athletes and small crowd of runners makes his way through a Toronto street on Nov. 2, 1986. Mr. Hansen is on the Canadian leg of his round-the-world trek to raise money for spinal cord research.


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Mr. Hansen waves to his fans during a stop in Toronto’s Nathan Phillips Square on Nov. 2, 1986, on his round-the-world trek to raise money for spinal cord research.

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Mr. Hansen's taped hands pushed him 80 kilometres a day on the Man in Motion tour.

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Mr. Hansen ends his 40,000 kilometre world tour on May 22, 1987, at Vancouver’s Oakridge Shopping Centre, the spot where he started from more than two years earlier. Mr. Hansen travelled through 34 countries to raise money for spinal cord research.


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Prime Minister Jean Chrétien talks with Rick Hansen prior to their meeting in Ottawa on Sept., 24, 1996, to discuss plans for the upcoming 10th anniversary of the Man in Motion tour.


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Mr. Hansen, second from left on the second row, is inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame on Nov. 1, 2006.

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Mr. Hansen waves to the crowd while entering the stadium during the Opening Ceremonies of the Paralympic Winter Games in Vancouver on March 12, 2010.


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Mr. Hansen, right, joins three-time wheelchair basketball gold medalist Tracey Ferguson at Toronto’s Yonge-Dundas Square as his 25th anniversary tour arrived in the city on Nov. 5, 2011.

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Mr. Hansen waves to the crowd as he and B.C. Premier Christy Clark take part in the final leg of the 25th anniversary Man in Motion relay down Robson Street in Vancouver on May 22, 2012.


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Mr. Hansen’s foundation has developed a consumer-driven ratings tool developed by the Rick Hansen Foundation that ranks buildings and public spaces around the world on their accessibility features.

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