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Rick Hansen Institute

Spinal cord injuries can happen in an instant, but last a lifetime. For the 86,000 Canadians who have a spinal cord injury, it affects their ability to walk, earn a living, and take care of themselves and their families.

Founded by Canada’s Man In Motion, the Rick Hansen Institute (RHI) drives innovation in spinal cord injury research and care. RHI works to ensure that individuals living with spinal cord injury today, and the more than 4,300 Canadians who sustain spinal cord injuries each year, get the best chance possible to live life to its fullest.

"After my spinal cord injury, it became evident the Rick Hansen Institute is the most effective national research body. It plays a huge role advancing clinical care and the search for a cure.” — Dr. Ian Rigby, MD

By working with a national and international network of researchers, health care professionals, innovators, and entrepreneurs, RHI accelerates the most promising new treatments out of the laboratory, into medical practice and into the lives of people with spinal cord injury.

To date, RHI has helped 15 Canadian hospitals implement best practices in spinal cord injury care, supported 100 research and best practice initiatives, and provided best practice training to more than 550 Canadian health care professionals.

The Spinal Cord Injury Fund will enable RHI to continue supporting vital research and best practices to ensure Canadians with spinal cord injury receive the best care and outcomes possible.

Your donation will make a real difference in the lives of Canadians living with spinal cord injury.

For questions about this fund or Vancouver Foundation, please contact Claire Vivier at 604-630-5026.

Rick Hansen Institute 6400 - 818 West 10th Avenue Vancouver BC V5Z 1M9

Please note:

  • To properly recognize all donors for their contributions, Vancouver Foundation will share your name and donation amount with the fund advisor unless you have checked the anonymous box on the donation form.
  • Donations to this fund will support the charity’s general charitable purposes. Statements about the fund’s purpose or how donations will be applied are reflective of the charity’s current intent and are subject to change.
  • These funds will be invested, but may be accessed by the charity should the need arise.
Funds: 
Spinal Cord Injury Fund