From quite a long time I wanted to write about Brooke Ellison, a quadriplegic who is a politician but ofcourse she is one amongst us.
It all began when she was coming back home, on her first day of junior high school. A young girl, eleven year old, strolling while swinging arms and singing melodies, all breezy and happy. Little did she know, that the car rushing towards her would bump into her and snatch away her independency leaving her paralysed from neck down.
After spending days in hospital and rehabilitation centres, she somehow survived the grievous accident but now was dependent on her mother. Now came the time for school, an inquisitive and enthusiastic student like her would have never missed school. But given her condition she couldn’t have done it, if it wasn’t for her mother who managed to help her out with it. Her mother became her chaperoning hero, accompanying her everywhere. Brooke became the first quadriplegic student at Harvard. She not only graduated but also secured a doctorate degree from Stony Brook university. Ellison teamed up with director James Siegel to create the winning documentary “Hope Deferred”, which aims to educate the general public about embryonic stem cell research. Brooke Ellison ran for New York State senate as a Democrat in 2016 but was defeated by the Republican incumbent, John Flanagan.
The reason why I wanted to write about her is to make the common oblivion public out there aware of some people who are famous yet not famous. We focus on issues related to religion, caste, creed, nationality etc while ignoring the people who are worthy to know about as they spread positivity by showing how they suffered yet emerged victorious. I would surely suggest you to watch the movie ‘The Brooke Ellison Story’ and feel the sufferings of Brooke and her mother, how they kept moving on to fetch the ultimate goal of ‘education’.