Mark Pollock is an amazing adventurer athlete, rower, author and international motivational speaker from Northern Ireland. He became suddenly blind at age 22 due to detached retina and went on to win Bronze and Silver medals at the Commonwealth Games in 2002 and ran 6 marathons in 7 days across the Gobi desert. Mark went on to become the first blind man to race to the South Pole. However, just weeks before his wedding in July 2010 he fell out of two storey window, suffered a brain injury and became paralyzed.
Blind, now paralyzed and fighting back, Mark Pollock continues to take on endurance challenges around the world.
A pioneer exploring the frontiers of spinal cord injury recovery, Mark uses an aggressive physical therapy program and robotic technology. He trains daily on his legs to challenge conventional wisdom that says his central nervous system cannot recover.
His story is very inspiring one of a man who has persevered and triumphed despite all odds.
“We believe that the cure for spinal cord injury simply requires enough of the right people with the will to make it happen. It is our mission to find and connect those people worldwide to fast track a cure for paralysis.” – The Mark Pollock Trust
Directed by award winning filmmaker Ross Whitaker (When Ali Came to Ireland; Saviours), Unbreakable: The Mark Pollock Story follows the almost unbelievable tragedies that life has thrown at Mark and his resolve to move beyond them.
Mark strives to walk again. His most complex journey is ahead of him – to find a cure for paralysis for him and the millions of paralyzed people around the world. The Run in the Dark plays a vital role in funding The Mark Pollock Trust’s mission to find and connect people around the world to fast-track a cure for paralysis.
As darkness sweeps around the globe on Wednesday 15th November, thousands will pull on their running shoes and red flashing armbands and head for the door. In over 50 cities worldwide, they will be part of a living light show flowing through the streets like lava. Those same people will be helping to fast-track a cure for paralysis as part of the Run in the Dark.