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Born in Columbus, Ohio in 1991, Ian is one of four children. Growing up always adventurous and thrill seeking. A Boy Scout and lacrosse goalie throughout his younger years. Started college at Ohio University in 2009 majoring in Video Production, member of Beta Theta Pi and the Ohio Sports Zone television show. Shortly after his freshman year of college while on summer vacation with a group of friends an ill-fated dive into a wave off the shores of the outer banks in North Carolina render him a quadriplegic. Since then he has participated in neural bridging research study by having an implant in his brain in a clinical trial,Reanimation in Tetraplegia, through The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and the Battelle Memorial Institute, which has restored some movement in his right hand. Ian received the inaugural Brain Health Hero award in 2017 from the OSU Stanley D. and Joan H. Ross Center for Brain Health and Performance. Ian is pursuing a degree in Accounting at Ohio State University and living with a great attitude and making the best of his situation. Beginning in 2011 he became a varsity assistant lacrosse coach at Dublin Jerome High School where he has helped lead the team to one state championship and three state runner ups. In the 2012 season he received Coach of the Year honors by the Midwest Scholastic Lacrosse Coaches Association. He is also a Peer Support Mentor with the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation volunteering with the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center helping spinal cord injured patients adjust to their new life. As a part of his commitment to make life easier for individuals with spinal cord injuries Ian has created the Ian Burkhart Foundation which is dedicated to restoring lives and providing hope to individuals with spinal cord injuries.