Last Thursday, Canadian Paralympian and philanthropist brought his positive message of perseverance to the Mentor College Main Campus. Mentor/TEAM Grades 8-12 students were in attendance as Mr. Hansen shared his powerful life story of losing his ability to walk and gaining so much more in the years following his accident.
Students in Mr. Battie’s Grade 8 Mentor class submitted the following report:
Rick Hansen’s motivational speech was eloquent and moving as he described his journey from a childhood accident that left him paralyzed, to raising $26 million in 26 months by taking his wheelchair marathon around the world.
His selfless journey to raise awareness about accessibility for those with physical challenges, and his determination to spread this message across the world left us feeling inspired. He emphasized the impact of positive thought and the support of family and friends to help him achieve greatness and his words, though humble, helped us all realize that one person can make a difference in the lives of many.
We left with an appreciation of Mr. Hansen’s giving and courageous spirit and were humbled by his message about ‘overcoming adversity and the power of one’. Thank you Mr. Hansen!