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Will The Catholic Church sponsor a CP patient’s Medical Treatment?

In STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on November 19, 2010 at 3:43 pm
Will The Catholic Church sponsor a CP patient’s Medical Treatment?

The Catholic Church has taken notice of the challenging life of a young
29 year old man with cerebral palsy. The Catholic Churches recent
endorsement of adult stem cells is a true blessing for Neil Barron of Phenix
City, AL. Neil has Mixed Cerebral Palsy, he is a quadriplegic destined to live
out his deteriorating life in a wheelchair.

The recent advancements in medical therapies using adult stem cells has shown
significant improvements in the quality of life of several cerebral palsy patients
treated in China. Neil has been accepted for adult stem cell therapies in China
so he has been desperately seeking financial support.

Neil’s constant prayers and reaching out for help was answered by the Catholic
Church. Reverend Thomas Weise splits his time between two Roman Catholic
Churches, St. Patrick’s Church and the Mother Mary Parrish, both of Phenix City,
AL. Reverend Thomas Weise, a theologian with four degrees, is dedicated to
helping his community. After meeting Neil and introducing him to the church
community Reverend Weise is heading the fund raising for Neil’s adult stem cell
therapies in China. Neil’s treatments are scheduled for next month, December 28, 2010.

Our Sincere thanks to Reverend Thomas Weise and the church community of Phenix City,


God Bless!

Carol Petersen
Stem Cell Advocate
Awareness Program Coordinator
Ph: 1-941-235-0088
Fx: 1-941-624-6133
Email: carolptrsn@msn.com

A Father’s Quest to Cure His Daughter – Well Blog – NYTimes.com

In ALL ARTICLES, VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES on April 14, 2009 at 1:45 pm

spinal cord column paralysis

April 14, 2009, 11:08 am

A Father’s Quest to Cure His Daughter

Stem cell research has been getting a lot of attention lately. Last month, President Obama lifted the Bush administration’s strict limits on human embryonic stem cell research. The actor Michael J. Fox recently appeared on “The Daily Show” promoting his new book and the need for stem cell studies.

And recently the prestigious Peabody awards, issued for excellence in electronic media, recognized a moving independent film, “Mapping Stem Cell Research: Terra Incognita.” The documentary explores the science, emotions and ethical complications of stem cell research through the story of a scientist who focused his research efforts on spinal cord injury after his daughter became paralyzed in a skiing accident.

Tonight, The New School in Manhattan will offer a free screening of “Terra Incognita,” followed by a discussion with the filmmakers and scientists involved. (Click on the highlighted link for details.) To see a trailer of the film, click on the link below:

via A Father’s Quest to Cure His Daughter – Well Blog – NYTimes.com.

Stem Cells in the City: Science, Narratives, and Film

Terra Incognita: Mapping Stem Cell Research Screening and Discussion

Sponsored by Eugene Lang College and Project Pericles

Advances in stem cell research are occurring at a dizzying pace, yet many argue the field is not moving fast enough, while others ask for a more measured pace. Who are the stakeholders and why do they have such different views?

Join the New School for the film screening of the feature length documentary film Terra Incognita, which provides an inside look into the lives of stem cell researchers and the fierce competition for being the first to make a breakthrough. The film follows the constantly evolving interplay between the promise of new discoveries, the controversy of modern science and the resilience and courage of people living every day with devastating disease and injury.

For more details visit http://www.kartemquin.com/films/terra-incognita.


Maria Finizto, Director and Producer of Terra Incognita

Xiao Hu, New York Stem Cell Foundation Druckenmiller Fellow, Albert Einstein College of Medicine

Brian Newman, CEO of Tribeca Film Institute

Alexis Gambis, Cancer Genetics, Rockefeller University, Artistic Director and Founder, Imagine Science Film Festival, and Sloan Film Advisory Committee Member

Moderator: Katayoun Chamany, Associate Professor of Biology, Eugene Lang College, The New School for Liberal Arts

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