Ambassadors

Jason's Story

Jason Ellery

In 2011 Jason Ellery was on a snowboarding trip in Alberta, Canada, when an accident changed his life forever.

For Jason, living with quadraplegia is far more complicated than being in a wheelchair. From the moment he wakes up, he is faced with challenges he never had to think twice about before the accident. From toiletting to showering, getting breakfast to playing with his son, everything takes longer.  "It has taken a while to get used to factoring in how long certain tasks will take, and building the patience and endurance to manage it.

"Spinal cord injury research can assist in dramatically improving the quality of life for me and millions world-wide living with spinal cord injury. That’s why I support the SRI – they focus on improving lives, here and now."

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Marc Brew

The SRI is delighted to announce award-winning choreographic artist and dancer Marc Brew as an Ambassador. Marc's innovative works, created in collaboration with disabled and non-disabled artists, employ physical techniques drawn from contemporary dance and classical ballet. For more details of Marc's incredible work see www.marcbrew.com

"As a professional ballet dancer acquiring a spinal cord injury at C6/C7 I thought my career was over and I couldn’t continue to pursue my passion but I firstly had to change my own perception of what a dancer was and who could dance, it had to start with me. Focusing on what I could do rather than what I could not."


Mario D'Cruz

It's been 18 years since Dr Mario D’Cruz was involved in a traffic accident that left him with a C5 spinal cord injury. At the time, Mario was working as a surgical registrar at the Austin Hospital caring for patients who had spinal cord injuries and overnight his life was transformed from doctor to patient as he found himself undergoing treatment alongside patients he had cared for.

Over this course of time, Mario has participated in, and read about, a number of research projects that have taken many, many years to translate into practice or have not at all. To him, collaborative research could make the changes in SCI care that he’s been waiting for.

“As a medical practitioner with a background in the field of SCI care and a quadriplegic, I have seen too many research trials struggle from the beginning due to a lack of local participants. For researchers from centres all across the world to connect via SCoRH would increase trial participation, and in turn, fast-track the translation of research into practice. This is very exciting as it could have a major impact on my daily life, and the lives of millions around the world.”

Through his personal experience, Mario advocates for global spinal cord research, in the hope that the outcomes will significantly improve peoples’ lives. We are proud to have him on board as an Ambassador.

 

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