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Family and friends of Ian Burkhart are raising money to pay for uninsured medical expenses associated with his spinal cord injury that rendered him a quadriplegic.

What does your donation do to help Ian?
Money contributed to this fund has been used for: Purchasing a wheelchair accessible van that Ian can now drive, a wheelchair for traveling out of town, a portable ramp to go over to friends houses, daily medical expenses that insurance does not cover, a vertical lift for the house to allow Ian to go upstairs and spend time with his family, outpatient therapy appointments once the insurance approved visits expire, and other things to help Ian “get back on his feet” and be as independent as any other early twenty year old is.

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September 22, 2016

I’m currently fundraising for a trip to Chicago at the beginning of November for a conference of spinal cord injury professionals. While there I hope to share my story and inspire other professionals working to helping people like myself with spinal cord injuries.

For more information about the conference:

April 19, 2016

Research Study Update:

After over a year and a half of not being able to share our work, the paper, Restoringcortical control of functional movement in a human with quadriplegia, has been posted to Nature! We have done some amazing publicity and you can find the latest retweeted on my Twitter or some highlights here:


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March 30, 2018

Thinking of you, Wishing you continued success in your journey

gloria reid

December 9, 2015

I'd like to wish you and your family a very happy holiday season Ian!

David O'Connell

November 3, 2015

Ian, You do not know me but I had the honor and privilege of talking with your mother for several hours in person at which time I read some of your story. I am also a believer in Christ and after reading just a portion of your response to the situation in general, it was a completely humbling and inspiring experience for me. I can't even imagine the countless believers your positive attitude has inspired already. I think I am not alone in saying that God has and will continue to use your ongoing situation to motivate and inspire believers and non believers alike. As a side note, your mother was also a great inspiration to me as well

Seth Lerner Boston

December 15, 2014

With your positive attitude, Ian, anything is possible!! We can't wait to see you on your new bike.

The Fischer Family