Today two countries, the United States and France, part of the European Union, rendered two very different opinions on the subject of stem cell research, and those opinions were somewhat surprising in my viewpoint, and past history.
I will be the first to say that an individuals opinion on the subject of embryonic stem cell research is up to each and every person, and it is not my place to inflict my opinion on anyone in regards to my feelings. I have always respected the arguments made by both sides of this subject and feel it is a personal decision.
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The 17th Annual Parkinson’s Unity Walk was held in New York’s beautiful Central Park on Saturday, April 16, 2011, and four members of the Parker’s Climb Team were there to join others from around the country for this remarkable event.
Geoffrey and I drove into New York from Boston on Friday evening with George and Larri to attend our first Parkinson’s Unity Walk, and I think we all came away feeling honored to be in the company of so many others from the Parkinson’s community for this day of education and commodore.
Larri and Me – with the . . . → Read More: 78 Days To Mt. Kilimanjaro – 17th Annual Parkinson’s Unity Walk
April 2011 Designated National Parkinson’s Awareness Month
Once again, the month of April has officially been designated National Parkinson’s Awareness Month! In a resolution introduced by US Senator Debbie Stabenow, this action signifies the commitment of Congress to help find better treatments and a cure for Parkinson’s disease.
Parker’s Climb joins members of Congress and the numerous organizations around the globe in recognizing April as Parkinson’s Awareness Month. We will start our month in New York by attending a dinner at the Michael J. Fox Foundation, followed by attending the Parkinson’s Unity Walk in Central Park on April 16, 2011.
. . . → Read More: 93 days To Mt. Kilimanjaro – Senate Declares April National Parkinson’s Awareness Month
It has been a productive week for Parkinson’s disease research and for many working to help raise awareness and funding for research and the cure for Parkinson’s disease and other brain disorders.
This week in Washington DC, members of the Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN) along with advocates from many states across the US met to explore issues facing ongoing research funding and ways to continue to involve our elected representatives in Washington. Those of us who were unable to travel to DC for the conference were able to sit in by webcast to learn how to improve our skills . . . → Read More: 122 Days To Mt. Kilimanjaro – A Good Week In Washington For Parkinson’s Research
Earlier this week I posted a plea from the Parkinson’s Action Network urging those who are concerned with having funding cuts occur for the National Institutes of Health to contact your state representatives. I sent a letter to my Florida representative urging him to vote “No” on HR1, the continuing resolution that came up this past week on the floor of the House of Representatives.
When you read and research this bill and the various opinions on the passage of HR1, you realize that medical research in the United States is in deep trouble with the passage of this bill. . . . → Read More: 135 Days To Mt. Kilimanjaro – Medical Research Threatened With Passage Of HR1
The Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN) has issued a request for our immediate action in order to safeguard as much as $170 million in research funding for Parkinson’s disease, and $1.6 billion in total funding. If critical funding cuts are voted in this week by the House of Representatives, it will lower the total research budget for the National Institutes of Health back to 2008 levels. Budget cuts are necessary and needed in America today, but there has to be other spending cuts to consider. This vote will not just impact Parkinson’s research – it will significantly stifle Americas position on . . . → Read More: 138 Days To Mt. Kilimanjaro – Help Save National Institutes of Health Funding
In November I republished a story printed by the Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN) detailing the need for individuals to contact their local state representatives asking them to help urge Senator Tom Coburn, Senator from Oklahoma not to stop passage of HR 1362/S1273 (the National Neurological Surveillance Systems Act) which came up for vote this week during the lame duck session. You can see a reprint of this post at 223 Days To Mt. Kilimanjaro – Your Help Is Needed.
The bill was designed to create a national data system for all neurological diseases, including Parkinson’s disease. In November, the bill was . . . → Read More: 192 Days To Mt. Kilimanjaro – Senator Coburn Stops National Data System for Neurological Diseases
A lot of change took place this week in Washington DC. We must ensure that the emphasis on Stem Cell research does not get buried, as the balance of power shifts in the House of Representatives. We are too close to restoring important Stem Cell Research in the US, and this research will change the lives of millions.
Several weeks ago, a federal judge issued an injunction stopping federal funding for human embryonic stem cell research. While this detrimental decision has been halted while the case is heard in the courts, it is imperative that we seek legislation that will . . . → Read More: 240 Days To Mt. Kilimanjaro – Parkinson’s Action Network – Let Your Voice Be Heard
About the Parkinson’s Action Network:
We are the unified voice of the Parkinson’s community advocating for better treatments and a cure. In partnership with other Parkinson’s organizations and our powerful grassroots network, we educate the public and government leaders on better policies for research and an improved quality of life for people living with Parkinson’s. To learn more about The Parkinson’s Action Network and to voice your opinion to your elected officials to continue important work started by PAN click here.
How It All Started:
In 1991, Joan Samuelson founded the Parkinson’s Action Network (PAN) when . . . → Read More: 250 Days To Mt. Kilimanjaro – Parkinson’s Action Network