Run in the dark to cure paralysis in our lifetime

november 2018



As darkness sweeps around the world in mid-November, 25,000 people in 50 cities will get up from their armchairs, slip on their red flashing armbands and pull on their running shoes to hit the road for Run in the Dark.

Together, from Sydney to San Francisco, these people will light up the night as part of a global movement to cure paralysis in our lifetime.  Join us for a 5k or 10k run in one of our 4 official locations – Dublin, Cork, Belfast, and London, or join our volunteers in pop-up events in cities worldwide.


Run in the Dark is the main fundraiser for the Mark Pollock Trust, who believe we can cure paralysis in our lifetime.

Unbroken by blindness in 1998, adventure athlete Mark Pollock was left paralysed in 2010. Now, with the team at the Mark Pollock Trust, He is exploring the intersection where humans and technology collide, catalyzing collaborations that have never been done before and unlocking $ 1 billion to cure paralysis in our lifetime.


Unbroken by blindness in 1998, Mark Pollock became an adventure athlete, including being the first blind person to race to the South Pole. In 2010 a fall from a second story window nearly killed him. Mark broke his back and the damage to his spinal cord left him paralysed. Now he is on a new expedition, this time to cure paralysis in our lifetime. 

Commenting on his mission, Mark says, “As I lay in hospital for 16 months, digesting the impact of my accident, I was physically and mentally broken. With the help of so many people around the world, I have established a new life living with blindness and paralysis. Now, I donate my paralysed body to experimental research as I explore the intersection where humans and technology collide and catalyse collaborations that have never been done before to cure paralysis in our lifetime.”


2018 – launched an Exoskeleton Access Programme at Dublin City University to provide universal access to Ekso Bionics robotic legs for paralysed people, stroke patients, those with MS and other neurological conditions for a nominal fee.

2017 – Completed a 50-subject study of spinal cord excitability in Trinity College Dublin.

2016 – Launched a US-European Ekso Bionics robotics study with multiple subjects and industry involvement.

2015 – Created transatlantic research collaborations between Trinity College Dublin and UCLA.

2014 – Developed academic and industry research programmes with Microsoft, Imperial College London and University College London.

2013 – Created a first of its kind pilot study where Mark became the first person in the world with chronic complete paralysis to regain enough voluntary control to actively take steps in a robotic exoskeleton.

2012 – Began research collaborations with leading scientists in UCLA and Ekso Bionics.


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