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    Rick Hansen 'answers'?!?

    I started a new thread so that people could see the 'answer' to their questions.

    You'd think that it wouldn't be so hard to get a straight answer from this guy. I will add some sound recordings (and maybe even video shortly).

    Thank you to all of you who added your names to our appeal to Rick Hansen and the Rick Hansen Foundation (RHF) about their plans to cure chronic spinal cord injury. A cure for spinal cord injury may well stay beyond our reach until RHF, as one of the largest and most well funded spinal cord injury organizations world wide, gets behind a cure with their massive funding.

    As a person living with paralysis or supporting a paralyzed family member or friend, you have the right to ask these questions about cure and receive an answer. You are one of Rick Hansen's constituents.

    As a member of the global community you also have a right to ask, and Rick Hansen knows it, too. Twenty five years ago he set off on a world tour because he understood that spinal cord injury and paralysis touches everyone, regardless of where they live.

    And as a Canadian, you have an even more unique right to ask and demand answers as RHF's funding comes from your pocket ($117.3 million since 1988 comprising almost 45% of RHF's total funding). When you in Canada ask, Mr. Hansen should be answering with a 'Yes, sir'.

    Rick Hansen on the other hand believes that you have neither the right to ask or receive an answer.

    When asked by cure activists at his recent Interdependence conference; that's right cure campaigners were on hand to make sure your questions were answered, he ducked, feigned, and swayed his way through his non-answer. He was like the Mohammad Ali of non-answers. When he couldn't non-answer anymore, he actually called your questions inappropriate for a public forum.

    What's inappropriate about asking an organization which uses the slogan 'a world without paralysis after spinal cord injury' about their plans and spending on a cure for spinal cord injury?

    Just so you think that I'm not making this all up, I was fortunate enough to receive a recording of the events from an anonymous conference attendee. He or she recorded the exchange between the cure activist and Mr. Hansen. The recording and possibly even video footage will be added soon.

    Keep reading...
    Dennis Tesolat

    "Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom."
    Martin Luther King

    He's gonna cough up some answers sooner or later - and Dennis, you're doing a great job at making it happen faster. You have all my support.
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      WTF !!! 25 YEAR'S

      Spinal-cord injuries: The uphill push for a cure

      Published: May 16th, 2012 | Source:

      Rick Hansen says we’ll see a breakthrough in spinal cord injuries within 25 years, but it will be hard work — spurred on by innovations such as the Spinal Cord Registry
      Twenty-five years ago, Rick Hansen’s Man in Motion team looked up Thermal Drive in Coquitlam and realized they’d made a mistake.
      It was almost the end of Hansen’s epic round-the-world journey — within days of his finishing in Vancouver — and they had blithely drawn his route up a hill that from the bottom now seemed too steep, too tough, given the two gruelling years and two months Hansen had already put in.
      “It was the last day or so on the tour and we were getting closer to home and one of the team came in with a sheepish expression and said ‘We’ve got a problem. When we set the route we didn’t know about this place called Thermal Drive. We’re going to have to reroute,’” said Hansen.
      It takes no time to draw another line on a map and who would have blamed Hansen if, after 40,000 kilometres, he had navigated his way to Vancouver leaving Thermal Drive alone? Probably nobody, except Hansen himself.
      “I said it’s been an incredibly difficult challenge for two years so why would we bypass something that could represent just how hard it’s been,” said Hansen.
      So Thermal Drive became a metaphor for all the struggles of his journey and he would best it — willed on by the thousands who came to see the attempt.
      On May 18, he will be back again in his wheelchair looking up the same hill — a symbol now of the hard slogging that lies ahead in the search for a cure for spinal cord injury.
      Hansen believes that a major breakthrough in treatment will come within 25 years. But to get there it’s going to be uphill all the way, he says, which is why the Rick Hansen Foundation has thrown its weight behind the Spinal Cord Registry.
      The Vancouver-based registry is the creation of spinal cord researcher and surgeon Dr. Marcel Dvorak, professor and head of the Academic Division of Spine in the department of orthopedics at the University of B.C. “He’s a brilliant researcher who had the courage to step forward and look for solutions and led a group to pilot this registry,” said Hansen.
      Dvorak’s colleague and fellow researcher Dr. Brian Kwon is naturally cautious when speaking about a cure.
      “It depends how you define it. A lot of people envisage someone having a catastrophic injury who receives treatment which has them springing from a wheelchair. That mystical cure — that’s a long way off,” said Kwon.
      “Along the way we are taking incremental steps improving treatment — not the home run yet, but we’re hitting singles. We feel a lot of progress has been made moving clinical treatment incrementally towards a cure. I think it’s reasonable to expect we are going to see therapies that will make life better for patients,” said Kwon.
      Hansen points to the spinal injuries suffered by two former Vancouver mayors, Sam Sullivan injured in 1978, and Mike Harcourt, injured in 2002, as examples of treatment progress.
      “Mike Harcourt was someone who received best-practice treatment and care right after his injury, which was relatively similar to the injury of Sam Sullivan. Sam was injured years earlier but without that best-practice and treatment. And you see two very different outcomes,” said Hansen.
      Sullivan is confined to a wheelchair while Harcourt isn’t.
      The registry has been operating for three years, collecting patient and treatment information from 31 medical facilities in nine provinces. Think of spinal cord injuries as one giant puzzle, with dozens of researchers holding certain pieces. The registry allows them to see many other pieces and to work together on solutions.
      “Just getting data sharing agreements between those jurisdictions was massive, but now we have engagement of clinicians and researchers across the country which gives us the opportunity to identify best-practices and ways to evaluate novel treatments,” said Kwon.
      During the 25th Anniversary celebrations of the Man In Motion Tour, Hansen has signed data sharing agreements with spinal cord researchers in countries such as China, the United States and Israel as the registry expands worldwide.
      “We expect that in the next 25 years there will be an explosion of new discoveries that could be translated into clinical trials. To be most effective we need closer to 70 centres around the world working together in the registry as Canada only has about 4,000 spinal cord injuries a year,” said Hansen.
      “To be able to aggregate data between different centres is critical in the case of spinal cord injury because each centre only deals with 100 or 200 injuries a year with many of them different. The registry collects data on how paralyzed a patient is, their prognosis and status, what kind of injury they have suffered and how they have been treated.
      “So if someone is introducing a clinical trial and they need a mid-thoracic central cord injury in the acute phase at the beginning of the injury then, with the registry, you have multiple sites around the world you can go to find those persons.
      “All of a sudden instead of waiting 10 years to collect enough patients to conduct your clinical trial you can do it in two or three and accelerate the time for the discovery to be validated or not.
      “That’s why the registry is such a critical tool. It’s the non-sexy work between the laboratory and the clinic that everyone wants but no one wants to do. So we decided we’d do it,” said Hansen.
      The registry will be one of the talking points at Interdependence 2012, an international conference on spinal cord injury sponsored by the Rick Hansen Foundation that takes place in Vancouver May 15-17.
      Following this, attention will be on Thermal Drive and whether Hansen will get up it again. “Right now the betting’s mixed,” he said.
      By GERRY BELLETT, Vancouver Sun
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        And you can only get on the registry - to my knowledge - if you've broken your spine and injured your cord. My Transverse Myelitis doesn't count. For whatever reason ... I'm still paralyzed dammit.
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        T-11 Flaccid Paraplegic due to TM July 1985 @ age 12


          I hate hearing the standard five to ten year line, but 25?
          I guess if you aim low, you can't go wrong.
          This the difference maker the press writes about.
          Dennis Tesolat

          "Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom."
          Martin Luther King


            will RH be still alive after 25 years? it is a joke!


              Originally posted by east dragon View Post
              will RH be still alive after 25 years? it is a joke!
              I was thinking the same thing about both him and me. If he says 25 years, no one will be around to point a finger. No one can judge. And this is exactly how he wants to keep it.
              Dennis Tesolat

              "Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom."
              Martin Luther King


                Dennis, how can we get answers from this organization. Request reports? If its a non profit in the US donation and expenditure information is public knowledge. Do we know about Canada? What are they hiding behind?


                  Dennis, one thing is clear, Rick Hansen, Miami Project , and others, will continue on. Right now, Right now, clinical trials are occurring and will continue to occurr. that is where our focus should be. I will continue to contribute to Wise Young' s therapy and his trials. Dr silver is moving ahead with his project; he clearly has stated that he is bypassing Acorda and moving ahead with his work. Case Western, has started their clinical trial for ms. there work is impressive and humans are going to see treatrments from their trials soon. We need to see and hear what wise has to say on his webcast on his clinical trials. Dennis thank you for your work and puttining the focus where it should be.



                    Rick Hansen is a complete scam by definition.
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                      This is a good set of questions. Lynnifer I guess I am "not legit" if your registration criterion is true. I didn't break my back but am still a t12 complete paraplegic. All neurological disorders are devastating and many progressive and terminal. They all merit serious attention.
                      I have read Dennis' letter, and it seems that Mr Hansen has been rather caught on the back foot, and responded to quite reasonable questions is a not very reasonable manner. He has done neither his organisation any favours nor given the rest of us much hope.
                      My conclusion is: have no faith or confidence in RHF; simple as that.
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