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Correlation between Spinal Cord and Brain Injuries

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Fundraising to raise awareness of the correlation between spinal cord and brain injuries as a result of an accident.

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Marathon Advocacy Performance

After suffering a spinal cord injury when cycling headfirst into the rear of a truck and trailer unit in 2006 that left me requiring a wheelchair for mobility I have been passionate about all aspects of an SCI; it's causes, treatments, research for a cure and most importantly how best to cope with living with it.

A lot of SCIs are caused through collisions or falls that involve the head yet , as was in my case, immediate and ongoing treatment is of the 'orthopaedic' concerns of damage to vertabrae etc yet little or no treatment is done for a brain injury which can cause ongoing issues if not diagnosed.

As such I aim to raise funds to further the awareness of not just spinal cord injuries but also as importantly the possibility of accompanying brain injuries by completing a number of long distance handbike rides:

February Buller Marathon 42.2km

June Christchurch Marathon 42.2km

July Canterbury 60km

August Canterbury 80km

September Canterbury 100km

culminating in the iconic . . .

November New York City Marathon 42.2km

Your financial support would be welcomed.

Use of funds

To fund travel to compete in the New York City Marathon on my handbike and to the NZ Spinal Trust and Brain Injury Association

Latest donations

  • Blair Cutting

    Blair Cutting on 06 Oct 2017



  • Simon Myers

    Simon Myers on 06 Oct 2017


    Go hard!!


  • Paul and Jane

    Paul and Jane on 06 Oct 2017


    Good luck Ian!


  • Craig Duff

    Craig Duff on 06 Oct 2017


    Go for it Ian, you are an inspiration. I have a world of respect for what you do, Enjoy the riding.


  • Fiona

    Fiona on 06 Oct 2017


    Awesome cause. Hope this helps


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Ian Walker


I'm involved because due to my own experience of suffering a spinal cord injury (SCI) I'm passionate about it's impact on someone's life and how that person can best deal with it .

Funds will be paid to a verified bank account of Ian Walker.

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“You're my inspiration thank you”
“Good luck Ian. I hope you make it , you are a champ”
“Think +ve sport .... I'm sure I'm get there. Will put the word around.”
“looking forward to hearing about your progress to this great goal”
“Go for it Ian”
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