Brooke Ellison


Brooke Ellison was hit by a car in 1990 at the age of 11 while she was on her way home from school.  The accident left her paralyzed from the neck down and ventilator-dependent.  Despite her physical situation, Brooke was determined to continue with her life.  Her accomplishments have included honors in poetry, science, math, and literature.  Brooke Ellison's most notable accomplishment, though, occurred in 2000, ten years after her accident, when she graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University.  Brooke Ellison graduated with an A- average in cognitive neuroscience, a combined major of psychology and biology.  She gave a commencement address for her Harvard graduation in June of 2000.  In January of 2002, Brooke Ellison and her mother, Jean Ellison, published a book entitled The Brooke Ellison Story, which documents their family’s experiences from the day of Brooke’s accident until their graduation from Harvard in 2000.  Their book was recently made into a movie, directed by Christopher Reeve and aired on A&E on October 25, 2004.  Brooke Ellison, now 27, has also graduated from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government with a Masters degree in Public Policy and had been enrolled in the Ph.D. program in political science at Stony Brook University.

Minneapolis 2005

Cincinnati 2005