I was lucky enough to meet Brooke Ellison soon after my injury. Christopher Reeve made a movie about Brooke’s life which I watched while I was feeling pretty hopeless in the hospital. Her story really made an impact on me. When Brooke was injured at age 11, she realized that although she did not have the use of her body, she did have the use of her mind. She returned to school and set her goals very high. She graduated from Harvard University with a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government. She is now pursuing a PhD at Stony Brook University in political psychology. In 2006 nearly emerged as a Senator for the State Senate of New York.
Brooke was very warm and upbeat when I met her. Her parents were incredible. I was so impressed with how well they cared for Brooke without making her feel like a burden. They are a great support system for her and have helped her reach her dreams.