About The Mark Pollock Trust
At the Mark Pollock Trust we believe we can cure paralysis in our lifetime. To do it, we are exploring the intersection where humans and technology collide, catalysing collaborations that have never been done before and unlocking $1 billion to make the cure a reality.
Where Did It Start?
“When I broke my back in 2010, I discovered that spinal cord injury strikes at the very heart of what it means to be human. It turned me from my upright, running, jumping form into a seated compromise of myself. And, it’s not just the lack of feeling and movement, it also interferes with the body’s internal systems that are designed to keep us alive.
As I lay in hospital for 16 months, digesting the impact of my accident, I was physically and mentally broken. And, in the midst of the uncertainty, my friends formed the Mark Pollock Trust to support me. They began fundraising to pay for the initial costs of my injury and guard against the ongoing health consequences in the future.
Now, with the help of so many people around the world, I have established a new life living with blindness and paralysis. And, I have turned my attention to curing paralysis by donating my paralysed body to experimental research and connecting people worldwide to fast-track the cure.
I know that I have not been able to thank everyone who has supported me in person – some I know personally and many more I don’t – but I am eternally grateful to everyone who stepped in to support me in the days after my accident and to all of you who continue to do so.
How Do We Fund It?
Today, at the beginning of the fourth industrial revolution, making breakthrough scientific discoveries and then moving them to commercial viability can easily cost tens or hundreds of millions of dollars and take decades. This simply isn’t happening quickly enough. So, we are taking a systems change approach by building networks of people in science, technology, philanthropy, government, non-profits, and the private sector to unlock $1 billion to make the cure a reality.
We work with a range of partners who are passionate about being part of our mission to cure paralysis in our lifetime.
Our social enterprise model allows us to cover 100% of our current operating costs including the salaries, office systems, rent and supplies of the Mark Pollock Trust. All of our operational costs and current work to cure paralysis are covered by Run in the Dark entries, corporate partnerships (cash and in-kind) and corporate speaking fees. In addition, this covers the capital and ongoing costs of Mark’s spinal cord injury in line with our legal status pursuant to section 189A of the Taxes Consolidation Act 1997 (Special Trusts for Incapacitated Persons).
Our Associate Partners are Corporates, High Net Worth Individuals, Family Offices and Philanthropic Foundations who donate to the Trust as they recognize the impact that their major gift can have on the lives of the 60 million people around the world who suffer from paralysis.
Like any social enterprise, as we scale our impact, we need investors who believe in our vision. But we can’t offer shares or the promise of a huge financial buyout. For these donors, ROI is based on the impact of our work measured through the breadth of engagement we generate, the quality of connections we create, and the improvement in efficiency that we achieve.
Our community of fundraisers and connectors work with us in all sorts of ways. Individuals and companies fundraise at Run in the Dark, some companies partner with us on customer or employee engagement programmes, some give a set amount each year and others make connections that take us in unexpected directions.
Who Are We?
We have gathered a small team of full-time solution seekers and a network of hundreds prepared to disregard the impossible with us. Our community of change makers is filled with engineers and patients, scientists and politicians, medics and investors, writers and inventors, lawyers and philanthropists, students and entrepreneurs. We need them all, and more, on our expedition to cure paralysis in our lifetime.
Click here to learn more about the Mark Pollock Trust team.