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The Marcus Journals...Rick Hansen Wheels in Motion
On Sunday, June 11, 2006, Marcus participated in the 4th annual Rick Hansen Wheels In Motion fundraiser. It all began with a dream 20 years ago when Rick Hansen embarked on the legendary Man In Motion World Tour. He wheeled through 34 countries with a team of friends for over two years to raise awareness of the potential of people with spinal cord injury. He changed people's perceptions about what is possible for anyone who dreams big dreams and has the courage and determination to see them through.
Each year, people of all ages and abilities run, walk or wheel in communities across Canada to raise funds that help improve the quality of life of men, women and children with a spinal cord injury or a related disability.
The event turned out to be a very memorable for Marcus...
I feel it is necessary to begin this e-mail with an apology because I did not win the race. Next Time! I will have to get turbo engines put on my chair before next year and then, then I will be victorious!
But, as we all know, sometimes we win in ways we don't expect. I can think of four things that I won this Sunday, June 11. First, I managed to win your support and encouragement. I was amazed to see how quickly I reached my fundraising goal and I was also touched by the interest many of you showed in this event. Second, I won a positive few hours at the race. I woke up slightly ill and when I arrived at the park I was dizzy and feeling a little low. It didn't take long for me to get rolling and start feeling better as a result of all of the positive energy that was around me. People smiling, helping, contributing, enjoying themselves etc. have a funny way of healing a person. Third, I had a deep connection with a fellow paraplegic who is, in my opinion, an amazing person and someone I plan on spending much more time with. We rolled the race together (he hanging onto the back of my chair for a free ride at times) and we had a great discussion about transcending our physical realities to reach higher and more awe inspiring levels of existence. Fourth, I got to see Cindy whose son, Mike, was a good friend of mine. He was one of my disabled buddies and we met while going through the rehabilitation process at the foothills seven years ago. He died last year at the age of 27 and it was a big blow for me. I have kept in touch with his mother over the past year, but Sunday was the first chance I had to see her in the flesh. It was very moving to see her again and I was grateful for her presence and the strength she showed in coming to the event.
Of course, I can think of many other things I won (like free chocolate bars), but these were the most obvious to me. Again, thank you so much for your interest and support and I may be bothering you again next year.
Spinal cord injuries can happen in a moment, but the effects can last a lifetime.
"If you believe in a dream and have the courage to try, great things can be accomplished. Anything is possible." Rick Hansen
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