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

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

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 # 46 (of 71) from the California Stem Cell Research Program: STEM CELLS AGAINST STROKE

In the middle of the night, I was wakened by a soft “pop” inside my head, like the bursting of a bubble wrap. And the strangest thing — I could see the individual letters of the words of my thoughts, writing themselves. Like: I t-h-i-n-k s-o-m-e-t-h-i-n-g i-s w-r-o-n-g i-n-s-i-d-e m-y h-e-a-d… I poked Gloria beside me, and…

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

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…

The Man Speaks From Experience

A long-time medical technologist and former faculty member at UCSF, Bill Remak has his fair share of experience with the medical research industry. He has also battled chronic Hepatitis C (HCV), survived two liver transplants and a bout with cancer, and now is a Type 2 diabetic. In short, Bill is well acquainted with the…

Advocacy Through Comedy: The Story Behind Hilarity for Charity

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

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

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…