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PostPosted: 13 Jul 2008, 16:38 
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Keep on Rollin' Classic Car Show

Keep on Rollin' Classic Car Show"Keep on Rollin" is a Classic Car Show organized to raise money for the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation. The event will be held July 26, 2008 at Brighton Ski Resort. We are expecting to host over 200 classic and custom cars and motorcycles, and more than 2,000 spectators. Admission to the event is free, and we will raffle off some really great prizes that have been donated by businesses throughout the community. All of the money raised will be donated to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation.

This is the first ever fundraiser for the Reeve Foundation in the state of Utah and we are proud to be a part of it. The event is being organized by Ryan Stevenson. Ryan suffered a spinal cord injury in a freak snowboarding accident two years ago that has left him confined to a wheelchair. Ryan's love for classic cars is one of the things that helped him to recover and "Keep On Rollin". Ryan is now back to work and recently married. He has received so much support during his recovery that he now wants to "give something back".

Just announced: An anonymous donor from Utah has made a $40,000 donation to the Reeve Foundation. This donation has been given as a Challenge Match to the developing Utah Chapter. Whatever you give today, will be doubled!

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Talking Stem Cells

Dear Jessie,

The Reeve Foundation watches, along with the rest of the world, as the first clinical trial using human embryonic stem cells (hESCs) moves forward after the FDA's January 23rd go-ahead for a Phase I study. The Geron trial will be a groundbreaking first.

Patient safety, not efficacy, is the endpoint in a Phase I study. A small number of acutely injured spinal cord patients (ASIA A complete) will receive Geron's hESCs. Acutely injured animals receiving the transplanted cells showed some recovery of function. Presumably this is because the cells prompted some remyelination and/or production of nerve growth factors.

Since the isolation of hESCs by Dr. James Thompson in 1998, they have been the object of intense research by scientists throughout the world and have been imbued with magical properties by many who seek cures. Human embryonic stem cells could be used in regenerative therapies for diseases and disorders. Scientists are using them to better understand how humans develop and what happens in the course of injury and disease. And they can be used to test and screen new drugs.

In spite of excitement about this trial, we should remember that the leap from laboratory to clinic is filled with challenges. There are rats "walking" in labs all over the world, the result of one therapy or another, none of which have yet been translated to the clinic. Many interventions that worked well in animals have failed in clinical trials. And in this instance, some experts have expressed concern about Geron's move to the clinic with these cells at this time.

So, while we hope for success in and new insights from this Phase I safety study, we acknowledge that it's a first step in what is essentially an unmapped journey down the regenerative medicine road.


Susan Howley
Executive Vice President, Research
information@ChristopherReeve.org
www.ChristopherReeve.org

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