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    "Last" Anniversary of Stem Cell Research Restrictions, Event in FL

    PRESS RELEASE
    THIRD ANNIVERSARY OF STEM CELL RESEARCH RESTRICTIONS


    CONTACT: Faye Armitage
    (904) 287-....

    Supporters of Stem Cell Research will mark what is expected to be the "Last" Anniversary of the severe restrictions on Stem Cell Research.

    Expanding stem cell research to renew the HOPE for cures for devastating conditions like Alzheimers, Parkinsons, MS, diabetes, spinal cord injury, heart disease and the ravages of stroke will be the focus of this event.

    The honorary speaker will be a renowned Stem Cell Research Scientist from Orlando:

    Dr. Kiminobu Sugaya

    Professor, Biomolecular Science Center
    University of Central Florida
    Formerly affiliated with the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville

    Other featured speakers will be patient representatives who are themselves afflicted with a medical condition that could benefit from stem cell research or who have a family member/friend suffering from such a medical condition.

    WHEN: Friday, Aug 13th. 7:00 to 8:30 PM

    WHERE:

    The Library:
    Regency Square Branch
    9900 Regency Square Boulevard
    Jacksonville, FL 32225

    "Here in America, we don't sacrifice science for ideology. We are a land of discovery - a place where innovators and optimists are free to dream and explore. Where government encourages creativity and entrepreneurship instead of stifling it." - John Kerry

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    Last modified Thu., August 12, 2004 - 01:23 AM
    Originally created Thursday, August 12, 2004


    Stem cell research at center of debate


    Jacksonville mom whose son is paralyzed thinks it could help him.


    By CHERIE BLACK
    The Times-Union
    Jacksonville resident Faye Armitage believes in stem cell research.

    Her son, Jason, was paralyzed in 1997 during a soccer match and she said stem cell research could help find a way for him to walk and talk again.

    On the week marking the third anniversary of President Bush's restrictions of embryonic stem cell research, Armitage said heated debates between Democrats and Republicans about the issue validates efforts she and others across the country have put forth encouraging its use.

    "It's a humanitarian issue and it should be a political issue," Armitage said. "It's not just for the good of the patients who could benefit from it, it's for the good of the country."

    Bush announced limiting federal funds for embryonic stem cell research during an Aug. 9, 2001, televised address to the nation, allowing the government to fund research on a smaller set of embryonic stem cells. The issue has become controversial as various religious groups have clashed with the scientific community over the merits of such research.

    Abortion opponents are against any stem cell research because embryos must be destroyed to use the cells. Scientists believe stem cells -- the body's building blocks -- can be used to repair organs or treat diseases such as diabetes, Parkinson's and Alzheimer's.

    On the presidential campaign trail, the debate took center stage this week. In a telephone conference with reporters Monday, Democratic vice presidential nominee John Edwards accused Republicans of denying patients and families the benefits stem cells could provide. He announced that Democratic presidential nominee John Kerry's plan advocated at least $100 million in research funds -- four times the amount currently being used and described a system of "strict ethical regulations" for research.

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    An information session about stem cell research is scheduled for Friday from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Regency Square Library, 9900 Regency Square Blvd. Kiminobu Sugaya,a stem cell research scientist from Orlando, is scheduled to speak along with patient representatives of those with Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease. For more information call (904) 726-5142.

    The Washington Post reported Kerry's plan would allow scientists to use federal funds to isolate and study stem cells from fertility clinic embryos no longer wanted by parents -- embryos, Edwards said, "that would otherwise be discarded or frozen indefinitely." Proper consent would be required of the parents and proposed experiments would have to pass muster with an ethics committee at the academic or research institution where the work would be done.

    Edwards also reiterated Kerry's support for "therapeutic" cloning, which involves the creation of cloned human embryos as sources of stem cells. Stem cells derived from an embryo that was a clone of a patient would be genetically identical to that patient, and so would probably not be rejected by the patient's immune system if transplanted as part of a treatment. Edwards said embryonic cloning was not synonymous with "human cloning," which he said he and Kerry oppose.

    "We have a plan for ground-breaking stem cell research ... they [Republicans] have blocked that research," he said. "The research that needs to be conducted and can be conducted is being blocked."

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    latest update: Thursday, August 12, 2004 at 08:15 AM EDT
    Julington Creek resident says stem cell research should be a 'humanitarian issue,' not a political issue

    By KATI BEXLEY
    Staff Writer

    Jason Armitage pets the family dog Marla. Marla was donated to the family six months after Armitage was paralyzed from the nose down as a result of a blood clot causing a stroke in his brainstem. Armitage, 14, was paralyzed when he was 7-years-old. Along with his family, Armitage has been an ardent supporter and advocate for the use of Stem Cell research as a means to helping people affected with progressive diseases or paralysis that might be solved with the use of Stem Cell.
    By JUSTIN YURKANIN, Staff


    JULINGTON CREEK -- Jason Armitage, 14, wore a T-shirt that said "Unlock the Prison" with the word "paralysis" on a lock and the words "stems cells" on a key on Wednesday as he sat in his wheelchair. He has been paralyzed from his nose down since he was 7.

    "It's the cruelest punishment imaginable," said Jason's mother Faye Armitage. "It's like having a brain sit a jar. He can think, but he can't move."

    Armitage said after Jason collided with another boy while playing soccer at age 7 he had a stroke within his brain stem cells. She said he was paralyzed almost instantly. She said the only thing that can cure her son is stem cell research.

    For more than a year, she has left her Julington Creek home with her son and traveled around the nation educating the public on this topic.

    "A mother's job is to get our children to become independent, but I cannot complete my job without stem cell research. I have to do everything for Jason," Armitage said.

    She is especially advocating research for therapeutic cloning, which transplants a patient's DNA into an unfertilized egg to produce stem cells.

    Armitage also supports using embryonic stem cells for research.



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    'It shouldn't be a political issue, it should be a humanitarian issue,' said Faye Armitage about Stem Cell research. Armitage's son Jason is paralyzed from the nose down, for the past three years she has been a staunch advocate to allow the usage of Stem Cell research. Recently the family moved to Julington Creek, where they continue to advocate Stem Cell research.
    By JUSTIN YURKANIN, Staff





    Armitage said in the United States' in-vitro fertilization clinics, there are 400,000 frozen embryos, many of which are considered excess and are destroyed. Armitage wants these extra embryos used for stem cell research.

    "This is not abortion," Armitage said. "We just want to educate the public."

    Armitage said she is not trying to make a political statement, with President Bush opposing stem cell research and John Kerry supporting it.

    "This is such a bipartisan issue. It shouldn't be a political issue, it should be a humanitarian issue."

    Dr. Kimobu Sugaya is a professor of biomedical science at University of Central Florida, and he formerly worked at Jacksonville's Mayo Clinic.

    He will be speaking Friday in Jacksonville about his stem cell research and what he has found in the last five years.

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    Just my luck

    I finally set up an educational Stem Cell Research event in Jacksonville, get a stem cell scientist to agree to speak at the event, and two hurricaines come our way!!

    One of them fortunately dissipated but we are still at risk of having to cancel the event.

    TOOOOO bad! I am all geared up and ready to GO!

    Everyone please keep your fingers crossed for me!

    The room holds 100 people and I have no clue how many might show up......

    "Here in America, we don't sacrifice science for ideology. We are a land of discovery - a place where innovators and optimists are free to dream and explore. Where government encourages creativity and entrepreneurship instead of stifling it." - John Kerry

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    Faye,
    Our weatherman was joking today about how we could have had Bonnie and Clyde out there ... but somebody goofed so it's
    Bonnie and Charlie ?
    Thanks for all of your hard work

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    Faye, I am so sorry to hear about this. They are evacuating 800,000 people from the barrier islands and I saw in the news that they are suspending flights and trains going to Florida tomorrow. Let's hope that it blows over quickly and the sun comes out again on Friday. All fingers and toes are crossed. Wise.

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    Definately not looking good this morning.
    I hope you can reschedule. Take care Faye

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    Here's the link to yestdy's Denver press conference..

    www.rockymountainnews.com/drmn/local/article/0,1299,DRMN_15_3107646,00.html

    Onward and upward.

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    Way 2 go, Chris, Faye and all. Looks like Chris has his fighting gloves on. definatly his game face.

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    Thanks for the link Chris. I like to forward these articles on to family and friends.

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