Rick Hansen inspired by meeting refugee who lost fingers in cross-border walk

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Rick Hansen’s “Man in Motion World Tour” ended 30 years ago this year, but he’s still inspiring people.

Yesterday in Winnipeg, Ghanaian asylum seeker Seidu Mohammed met the man he calls his hero.

Mohammed read about the Paralympian after a walk across the international border Christmas Eve that cost him his fingers and thumbs.

“I’m so emotional and very happy that I saw someone who is my role model… thank you for letting me meeting you,” Mohammed said after the meeting.

But Hansen said he’s the one who’s inspired.

“His attitude is powerful and strong, positive, seeing not disability but ability,” Hansen said. “Anyone who is able to turn things from tragedy to triumph and show ability, that’s the kind of person I want to encourage and I’m thrilled to be here and I’m honoured to meet you Seidu. Thank you so much.”

CBC News told Hansen’s company about Mohammed and his nearly fatal walk and a meeting was arranged.

News Source:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/rick-hansen-inspired-by-seidu-mohammed-1.4029004