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Rick Hansen, Iconic Canadian Paralympian and World-Renowned Accessibility Advocate Visits The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis

 


Bill Barrable, Rick Hansen Institute CEO, Marc Buoniconti, Rick Hansen and Dr. W. Dalton Dietrich at the signing of the memo of understanding.

Bill Barrable, Rick Hansen Institute CEO, Marc Buoniconti, Rick Hansen and Dr. W. Dalton Dietrich at the signing of the memo of understanding.

June 24, 2011 --As part of his 25th Anniversary Tour, Rick Hansen and members of his Foundation and Institute traveled to Miami to sign a memorandum of understanding regarding cooperative research in the field of spinal cord injury (SCI) research, and to honor Marc Buoniconti and Edelle Field-Fote, Ph.D., for their fundraising, advocacy and research work relating to SCI.

The Miami visit is the last stop of the international program for the Rick Hansen Foundation, which is currently celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Rick Hansen’s Man In Motion World Tour, whereby Hansen wheeled through 34 countries across 25,000 miles from 1985-87 to raise awareness of the potential of people with disabilities. The $26 million raised from the Tour has since been leveraged into $245 million via the Rick Hansen Foundation over the past quarter century. The previous stops for the international program included visits to Jordan, Israel, Australia and China between November 2010 and March 2011.

”Partnering with world-class research facilities in order to develop collaboration around clinical trials, research and implementation of best practices is a tangible step in  accelerating progress towards a cure for paralysis from spinal cord injuries,” said Rick Hansen, President and CEO of the Rick Hansen Foundation. “The American innovation we have seen today is a testament to the incredible progress being made in SCI research, and we are excited for what the future possibilities that continued U.S.-Canadian collaboration will bring.”

Prior to the signing of the agreement on Friday, Hansen was given a tour of The Miami Project’s research facilities on the campus of the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine.

 

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