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Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Congress Breathes New Life Into Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act

The Christopher Reeve Foundation (CRF), the national, non-profit organization dedicated to finding cures and treatments for spinal cord injuries and improving the
lives of people living with paralysis, applauds members of the House of Representatives and U.S. Senate for advancing stem cell legislation early in their session by introducing H.R. 3, the Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act, to the 110th Congress.

"The act, co-sponsored by Representatives Michael Castle, Diana DeGette and James Langevin, holds significant promise in helping millions of Americans suffering from diseases and disorders," says Kathy Lewis, president and CEO of the Christopher Reeve Foundation. "Our mission to find cures and treatments for paralysis will be achieved with the continuation of unfettered scientific research, and we applaud the members of Congress for seeing the potential in stem cell research."

The Christopher Reeve Foundation is named for the actor of Superman fame who died of a heart attack in 2004 after years of paralysis due to a horse accident. Spinal cord injuries could possibly benefit from stem cell therapy.

In addition to Castle (R-DE), DeGette (D-Colo.) and Langevin (D-RI), prominent supporters from both parties include Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Tom Harkin (D-IA), Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) and Harry Reid (D-NV).

The bill originally passed both houses of Congress by wide margins in the summer of 2006. However, President Bush exercised his first veto by not signing the bill, which dashed the hopes of people living with paralysis and a range of other conditions who dream of cures in their lifetime, the foundation says.

"The veto was a significant stumbling block in the nation's pursuit to bring therapies from the laboratory to the public who need them the most," Lewis notes. "Christopher and Dana Reeve voiced the will of the people by championing the need for scientific freedom in the search for medical advancements. We trust that Congress and the White House hear that voice and pass and enact the act into law."

Reeve's widow, Dana, died after he husband of lung cancer.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Scott, I tagged you for the Five Things game:

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9:02 AM  
Blogger Scott Nance said...

Got the tag, I haven't forgotten about you, Paula! :) I'm actually looking for a photo or 2 to go with my 5 things...

2:31 PM  

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