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Rolling On

The Story of the Amazing Gary McPherson

Gary McPherson contracted life-threatening polio during the epidemic of 1955 which left him a quadriplegic. He retains just enough coarse movement in his left hand to click a mouse and enough strength in his left leg to push his wheelchair backwards a few feet. Gary cannot feed himself or comb his hair. Yet his achievements are amazing. He is a husband and father, has coached championship sporting teams, is past-chairman of the Premier's Council for the Status of People with Disabilities, and is currently both a lecturer in the School of Business at the University of Alberta and executive-director of the Canadian Centre for Social Entrepreneurship.

About the Authors

Gerald Hankins is a Canmore author who specializes in the biographies of extraordinary people whose achievements have not always gained public recognition. Robert Steadward, O.C., LL.D. (Hons), is Past and Founding President of the International Paralympic Committee and Founder and CEO of The Steadward Centre, a multi-disability fitness, research, and lifestyle facility at the University of Alberta, Edmonton, where he is Professor Emeritus. A world leader in disability sport, author, teacher, and scientist, Robert Steadward has been recognized by universities in Alberta, Oregon, and Belgium for his work in adapted physical activity. Garry D. Wheeler is an exercise physiologist, registered psychologist, teacher, and lecturer, now retired. Previously, he was Executive Director at The Steadward Centre at the University of Alberta; President of the Alberta and NWT Division of the MS Society of Canada; and a member of the International Paralympic Committee, Sport Science Committee. He lives in Osoyoos, BC.


"In Rolling On: The Story of the Amazing Gary McPherson, Gary's story is true testament to the power of the human spirit. A true Canadian hero who has overcome incredible adversity. Through courage and determination, he has been able to redefine his possibilities and move from being confined in an institution to being independent as a husband, father and leader in society. Gary has made an amazing contribution to improving the quality of life of others." Rick Hansen, C.C., O.B.C., President & CEO, Rick Hansen Man In Motion Foundation

"Dr. Gary McPherson is one of the most remarkable and inspirational people I have met in my life. He is a true Alberta leader and visionary. Gary's years of work with many organizations, including the Premier's Council on the Status of Persons with Disabilities, contributes in countless ways toward improving the lives of Albertans, with or without disability." Premier Ralph Klein

"Read Rolling On and you will find yourself worrying less about the cold weather outside and thinking more about the warmth of your family. You will appreciate the human condition, which seemingly can conquer almost anything if the will is strong enough." Susan Jones, St. Albert Gazette

"[Rolling On] profiles ventilator user and respiratory polio survivor Gary McPherson, currently executive director of the Canadian Centre for Social Entrepreneurship in Alberta, Canada. The black and white photos are superb, supporting a well-written text that chronicles the polio epidemic in Canada, Gary's life and his drive for independent living." Ventilator-Assisted Living Journal, Vol. 18, No. 2

"This is a small book but one packed with thought - why life is worth living and what we can do with whatever time is left. As the title declares, it's not an amazing story as much as a story of the amazing Gary McPherson." Jerry Todd-Jenkins, Canada Post (UK)

"Dr. Hankins, M.C., has picked a courageous and resolute Canadian to bio. Polio victim McPherson cannot feed himself, yet he moved from institutional life to raise a family, coach championship sports and contribute in many ways to a better life for people without disability." Ron MacIsaac, Island NEWS (Victoria, BC)


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216 Pages
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Other Titles by Robert D. Steadward

Adapted Physical Activity

edited by Robert D. Steadward, Garry D. Wheeler, E. Jane Watkinson
Aug 2003 - The University of Alberta Press, an imprint of University of Alberta Press
$98.99 USD - Hardback

Other Titles by Garry D. Wheeler

Adapted Physical Activity

edited by Robert D. Steadward, Garry D. Wheeler, E. Jane Watkinson
Aug 2003 - The University of Alberta Press, an imprint of University of Alberta Press
$98.99 USD - Hardback