Developing Treatment Strategies for Spinal Cord Injuries
In April, 2008, as Mike was on his way to his elderly father’s home to help him with his income taxes, he was in a car accident that severed his spinal cord at the C7 vertebra leaving him an incomplete quadriplegic. With family and friends at his side, Mike started his road to healing so he could begin a new life enjoying his grandchildren.
Unfortunately, Mike passed away in January, 2009, due to complications caused by an infection. Mike was a truly warm and compassionate individual who will be sorely missed. He is at peace and no longer in pain.
An Innovative Joint Initiative
The Michael James Ellison Memorial Fund was established to support the innovative HeadNorth Chronic Spinal Cord Injury Project at Sanford-Burnham.
The HeadNorth Chronic Spinal Cord Injury Project is a joint initiative of Sanford-Burnham and the HeadNorth Foundation. The project weaves together forefront advances in stem cell research and bioengineering. By assessing the effectiveness of stem cells and biosynthetic scaffolds in regenerating damaged nerve tissue, the HeadNorth Chronic Spinal Cord Injury Project is the gateway to translating biomedical research into treatment strategies which will transform the lives of patients.
To make a gift to the Michael James Ellison Memorial Fund, please click below. Michael's family will be notified of your generosity, but the amount of your donation will not be shared.