Over the last few weeks the Star has been running a series of articles on the folks who are going to be participating in next week’s Many in Motion tour. It’s been a pleasure to introduce these individuals to readers and we hope you have enjoyed getting to know them a little better.
Twenty-five years ago Rick Hansen went from a wheelchair athlete determined to overcome an unfortunate accident to a Canadian hero. His Man in Motion tour brought him across the planet on a quest to raise awareness and money for spinal cord research. In doing so, this humble guy from Northern BC cemented his place in Canadian history.
Rick Hansen is clearly worthy of the hero handle. He has displayed courage and a will for self sacrifice. He has brought awareness to the masses and made change in our world. Every person we have spoken to that will take place in next week’s medal relay to mark the 25th anniversary of his quest have called him in an inspiration.
Heroes are not always as obvious as Rick Hansen.
In today’s news section you can read about young Jemma Rezansoff. Many in the community already know her and she has touched many lives.
Since she was an infant, she has dealt with a rare condition known as double-cortex syndrome that causes intractable seizures. In 2010, with plenty of community support, Jemma underwent brain surgery to try and make her future less complicated. Today she is a vibrant and friendly teenager with an infectious smile.
This is what her buddy Kristen wrote when she heard Jemma is a part of the Many in Motion relay: “Jemma is the most joyful and kindhearted person I have ever met. I am so incredibly grateful to have such a brave soul as one of my best friends. I say this on the behalf of every life she has touched. She truly makes this world a hopeful place to live in.”
In preparing today’s story, Jemma’s father Hal sent us an email with information. This is how he signed off: “…sorry for the extra ramblings. We have so many heroes, small and large, in our community… I happen to have one as a daughter.”
Canadians sometimes complain that we don’t have enough heroes. Our low key nature seems to shy away from putting individuals on a mantle. Look a little closer and you will find there are plenty of heroes that walk amongst us each and every day.