Mr Perry Cross
Perry Cross is an inspirational Australian. A C2 quadriplegic, Perry suffered from a significant spinal injury in 1994 when he was just 19 years old. An avid and highly talented rugby union player with a promising playing career in front of him, Perry’s injury occurred while he was trialling for a Queensland representative rugby side two years after he had completed Year 12 at The Southport School.
Since the accident, Perry has focused on living a busy and fulfilling life ensuring he contributes to the discovery of a cure for paralysis and growing awareness of the need for research and advancement in the treatment, management and cure.
Perry’s achievements since his accident are numerous and inspirational including being Australia’s first motivational speaker on life support, the first Australian quadriplegic to complete a university degree on campus, graduating with a Bachelor of Communications from Bond University, authored the biography “Still Standing”, and most notably in 2010 Perry established the Perry Cross Spinal Research Foundation (PCSRF).
Perry’s decision to set up PCSRF came not long after the passing of a man with whom he had met, been inspired by and subsequently corresponded with for several years, Christopher Reeve. Christopher, like Perry, a C2 quadriplegic, had been injured just one year after Perry in 1995 and had spent much of the remainder of his life until his unfortunate passing in 2004 lobbying for spinal injury sufferers and stem cell treatment.
As the visionary, Founder and President of PCSRF, Perry delivers leadership for the organisation and to audiences around the world with a goal of uniting the sector to find a cure for paralysis. Perry’s motto is simple and he lives his life by it every day – ‘Everything is possible.’