Saturday, March 12; 21c Museum Hotel, Cincinnati
The comeback of Cincinnati native Jim Harris, the young adventure photographer who sustained a severe spinal cord injury while kite-skiing in Patagonia, is among highlights of the Mayfield Education & Research Foundation’s second annual Art & Science of Healing.
Harris was treated surgically by the Mayfield Clinic in 2014 and has recovered almost completely from his initial paralysis. He has returned to hiking, mountain biking and snow skiing.
Guests will be invited to celebrate triumph over challenge as they enjoy healthy, locally sourced cuisine from the hotel’s Metropole restaurant and learn more about the art and science of healing.
The event promises a rare and guided glimpse into the workings of the human brain and nervous system while presenting innovative approaches to the care and feeding of body and mind.
Several other Mayfield patients will be honored. Among them are:
Gary Smith, a 62-year-old man who ran eight marathons and hiked Mt. Kilimanjaro after three back surgeries.
Josh Starcher, a young mixed martial arts enthusiast who was forced to turn his passion for fighting competitions into bodybuilding after surgery for Arnold Chiari malformation.
Dr. Richard Rice, a local anesthesiologist who practices yoga regularly to recover from back surgery and to combat the effects of living for nearly 30 years with multiple sclerosis.
A second short film features the career and work of local neuroscience researcher Jed Hartings, Ph.D.
Interactive health and wellness interactive installations will feature endurance running, yoga, weightlifting, massage and physical therapy.
Presenting sponsors include The Christ Hospital, TriHealth, Mercy Health and the Mayfield Clinic. Tickets begin at $50.