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Spinal cord research gets $3M funding from Manitoba government


March 5, 2014
By The Canadian Press

The Manitoba government will provide funding for the Rick Hansen Foundation and Canadian Paraplegic Association for another five years.

Health Minister Erin Selby has pledged $3 million to the cause, saying a spinal cord injury can impact every facet of somebody's daily life and can also lead to lifelong health complications.

The funds will be used to help people living with spinal cord injuries
transition back to their homes and into job training programs.

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Hansen, whose Man in Motion tour brought spinal cord research into the public eye, was in Winnipeg for the announcement Tuesday.

He says the continued funding will help people during the most critical moments of their lives.

A total of 3,100 Manitobans are living with spinal cord injuries and about 60 new injuries happen each year.