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Benefit #50 (of 71) of the California Stem Cell Program: FIGHTING PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY

By |2019-10-31T14:29:23+00:00October 3rd, 2018|

Other than being spectacularly flat, my feet gave me no trouble for my first 72 years. True, when I stepped out of water, the tracks my feet left would be completely filled in — no arch. And the noise of my footfalls was “flop flop flop!”, like walking in swimfins. I was even told, when

FIGHTING BOWEL DISEASE: Benefit # 48 of the California Stem Cell Program

By |2019-10-31T14:29:31+00:00October 3rd, 2018|

No one can fully understand another person’s pain. Before my son’s accident, I thought people in a wheelchair just sat down a lot. I had no idea of the endless quiet agonies and frustrations they endure. But at least people notice the wheelchair — what if a person looked utterly healthy, young, slender, beautiful —

Benefit # 47 (of 71) of the California Stem Cell Research Program: JOBS AND NEW MONEY

By |2019-10-31T14:29:18+00:00October 3rd, 2018|

Imagine a government program that attracts money, instead of just spending it… The California stem cell program does exactly that. Technically titled the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM) the program has spent approximately $2.6 billion since its beginning. But from other sources, the program has brought in $1.9 billion — and more is almost certainly

Advocacy Through Comedy: The Story Behind Hilarity for Charity

By |2019-10-31T12:18:37+00:00June 19th, 2018|

Lauren Miller Rogen may be best known for her work as a writer and an actor, but she is also a powerhouse advocate, founding the organization Hilarity for Charity. Americans for Cures recently sat down to talk with Lauren about her journey as an advocate for Alzheimer’s research and why an advocate’s voice can make

Get To Know Your Scientific Advisory Board: Dr. Leslie Thompson

By |2019-10-31T12:23:35+00:00June 6th, 2018|

Meet one of your Americans for Cures’ Scientific Advisory Board members and UC Irvine neurobiologist, Dr. Leslie Thompson. Leslie’s lab investigates the potential of stem cells to study and treat Huntington’s Disease (HD). Her list of accomplishments and publications keep growing and could fill up an entire pamphlet. Yet, with all the successes and through

A Tenacious and Unstoppable Advocate for ALS

By |2019-10-31T12:20:58+00:00May 21st, 2018|

Diane Winokur is a true champion. Even in her mid-80’s, she not only speaks with confidence about her hope for the future of ALS, but she is continuing her advocacy for this disease with relentless strength. I mean, how many 80 year olds do you know who can courageously pour a bucket of ice on

How the California Stem Cell Program is Fighting Your Incurable Disease!

By |2018-05-23T18:06:12+00:00May 18th, 2018|

Without Don Reed, the stem cell voice in California would not be what it is today. Don’s journey in stem cell advocacy began almost twenty years ago with California’s Roman Reed Spinal Cord Injury Research Act of 1999- an initiative named after his son who was paralyzed in a football accident. Don later served on