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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 18, 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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November 30, 2022

So proud of you, honored to be your mother

Terre Burkhart

January 29, 2019

Keep up the Wonderful Work Ian!!

Marco Greenberg

June 14, 2018

Hi Ian,
I found a video of your story on Facebook and it touched me deeply because my younger brother had the same exact accident as you 11 years ago (but he's a C-5 and C-6 quadriplegic) who lives in an under-developed country where life as a quadriplegic is much tougher. I live in New York and try to support him as much as I can. However, your story inspired me to look further and realize that there is hope. I pray that you always have the mental and physical strength and courage to continue to strive in the pursuit of finding joy, love, accomplishment and meaning of life. You will be always in my thoughts.

With love,

Dalilah Rahmani