Ian Burkhart Foundation


About Us


The Ian Burkhart foundation was established to help individuals with spinal cord injuries. From the initial trauma to transitioning home to continuing on with your life we are here for you. A spinal cord injury is devastating to the individual and the family. Let us help you with any questions you have about adjusting to the new normal of your life. As a 501(c)(3) entity the Ian Burkhart Foundation is approved under the IRS as a tax exempt orginization which means 100% of your donation is tax deductible. 

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.