This lesson was created thanks to the following individuals and their organisations who helped with the content and illustrations:
Mark Pollock and Simone George from the Mark Pollock Trust; AG Education Services; Kate Willett, who allowed us to use extracts from her book Don’t Call it a Miracle, which was produced with the support of the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation; and Wings for Life.
Run in the Dark
As darkness falls on a night in mid-November every year, as people settle down in front of their televisions, thousands of others pull on their running shoes and head for the door. As they run through their cities they are helping us fast-track a cure. A global community running and thinking about the impact paralysis has on people’s lives.
‘There won’t be a magic pill to fix spinal injury. I believe it will come from multiple sources; from exercise, robotics, drugs and electrical stimulation. Through the run, the trust aims to find the people working on spinal injuries around the world, and to connect them.’
Mark Pollock Trust
6th Floor, St Stephens Green House
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Although blind, Mark competed in ultra-endurance races across the globe and rowing in the Commonwealth Games. In 2010, a tragic a fall left him paralysed. This lesson outlines his story and describes his current exploration of the application of scientific knowledge to the treatment of spinal cord injury.