Mark is an adventurer, athlete, rower, author and international motivational speaker. This is what he had to say at the launch of the #valuable campaign:
Unbroken by blindness in 1998, Mark suffered a catastrophic spinal cord injury in 2010 that left him paralysed. As he strives to walk again, Mark’s most complex journey is to find a cure for paralysis for him and the millions of paralysed people around the world.
Run in the Dark, established in 2011 to fund this mission, takes place on Tuesday 14th and Wednesday 15th November in over 50 cities worldwide.
Sign up now to Run in the Dark 2017 here and help to fast track a cure for paralysis.
Key milestones of Mark Pollock Trust
- Mark Pollock stress tested early designs of Ekso Bionics robotic legs as the world’s leading test-pilot. Mark Became the first person in the world with chronic complete paralysis to regain enough voluntary control to actively take steps in a robotic exoskeleton
- Created an ongoing transatlantic research collaboration between Trinity College Dublin and UCLA
- Created the world’s first electrical stimulation and robotics study with multiple subjects and industry involvement
- Completed a 50 subject study of spinal cord excitability in a group of 25 healthy subjects and 25 paralysed subjects in Trinity College Dublin
- Facilitated an ongoing relationship between Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation and Wings for Life to create a multi-million dollar co-funded spinal stimulation trial
- Created an initiative within the WEF’s Young Global Leaders to connect science and technology spin-out companies with relevant expertise and capital
- Facilitated the formation of a $4 million venture philanthropy fund with a Silicon Valley VC and a US philanthropic foundation
To find out more about Mark watch this video: