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Order of Canada

Richard M. (Rick) Hansen, C.C., O.B.C.

Richmond, British Columbia [Canada]

Companion of the Order of Canada

Awarded on June 29, 1987; Invested on March 29, 1988

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.