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November 28 , 2005

Brooke Ellison to Inspire 1500 L.I. Middle School Students with Message of Hope

Brooke Ellison, internationally known author, student, motivational speaker, subject of a motion picture and N.Y. State Senate aspirant, will share her message of hope with more than 1,500 Long Island middle school students attending the Kids in Action Youth Conference.

What: Fifth Annual Kids in Action Youth Conference of Long Island
When: Friday, December 2, 2005, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Where: Nold Hall at Farmingdale State University of New York

Presenter: In September 1990, when she was 11 years old, Brooke Ellison was struck by a car while walking home from school.  The accident left her paralyzed from the neck down and dependent on a ventilator to breathe.  But, with her determination, and the help of her family, Brooke used her energy to pursue a positive future.

Brooke attended Harvard University, earning both an undergraduate and master's degree and currently is working on her doctorate at Stony Brook University.  Her struggle with paralysis was the subject of "The Brooke Ellison Story," a 2004 TV movie directed by Christopher Reeve, himself a quadriplegic, who starred in four "Superman" films from 1978-1987.

Kids in Action is a project of Action Long Island, a volunteer advocacy organization of concerned leaders from the business, professional, labor, education, government and civic communities who have joined together with local, county, state and federal officials for the mutual benefit of the business climate and quality of residential life in the region.

Directions: Traveling south on Broadhollow Road from either the Northern State Parkway or the LIE, turn right to enter the Farmingdale State campus.  Follow Perimeter Road around the loop to Nold Hall on the right.  Call 631-420-2400 for more detailed directions and a map or go to https://www.farmingdale.edu/contact_us/campus_map.html .