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    Texas Motor Speedway!!!

    Sam Schmidt and myself are going to hold a press conference at the Texas Motor Speedway tomorrow at 10:00am. The topic will be on stem cells and lots of the racers and hopefully the fans will donate money to help find a cure for SCI and other illnesses.

    Have never been to a car race, this one will be the Siverado 350k and the Chevy 500k on Sunday. Should be very interesting and lots of fun!

    Here is somemore info on Sam and his quest for a cure.

    Gods speed~

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    Banned Faye's Avatar
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    Sounds great Susan.

    Who are you having them donate money to for SCI Cure research?

    "We have a chance to take a giant stride forward for the good of all humanity" in the next election. "We can choose between the future and the past, between reason and ignorance, between true compassion and mere ideology."- Ron Reagan Jr.

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    Senior Member Leo's Avatar
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    Best of luck Susan and Sam!

    Texas & go carts!

    "All you have to decide is what to do with the time that is given you."
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    I talked to Susan tonight... she's having a blast, meeting some great new folks (including some major stem cell advocates), and just living it up this weekend... surprise, surprise.

    Sam's team took 1st & 2nd place in the race today. Rock on guys.

    ...all while I just watched FSU slaughter UVA in football tonight.

    Look for more from Susan later.

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    OMG~~~Sam and his team are AWESOME, i will NEVER forget how much fun we had, seriously it is up there in my top 10 list!!! He claims i am his "lucky charm" as he took home both first and second place. No words can describe the feeling you get being sooooooooo close to the race. Sam invited me to be in the winners circle where we took tons of pics for the press and then celebrated the night away!!!
    We did the press conference where there where lots of reporters. Just recieved another article and thought i would post it, some of it is not 100% accurate, but they did get most of it right and most importantly we are raising awarness to lots of sports fans..

    Faye, they donate the money to the organization listed above and he is linked to Christopher Reeves Foundation. I believe they where good friends and Sam gave me the wonderful complement that i spoke just as adamantly as Christopher did... maybe one of the best complements of my life!

    Gods speed~

    Working to cure paralysis
    Racing series IPS IRL
    Date 2004-10-16 (Fort Worth, TX)

    By Anne Proffit, IRL Editor -

    Former Indy Racing League IndyCar Series driver and owner of the champion's
    Menards Infiniti Pro Series car driven by Thiago Medeiros, Sam Schmidt isn't
    one to give up.

    Despite the death of Christopher Reeve, the actor and activist paralyzed by
    a riding accident who dedicated his life to finding a cure for paralysis,
    Schmidt and his self-named foundation are carrying on the work of Reeve.
    He's carrying on with sadness at the loss of a man whom he got to know at
    Indianapolis Motor Speedway last year and with whom he became close as the
    duo battled to raise public awareness of the number of people who are
    affected by paralyzing incidents in life.

    Speaking at Texas Motor Speedway this afternoon, Schmidt introduced 27-year-
    old Austin, TX native Susan Rebecca Fajt (pronounce it "fight") who, too,
    suffered a severe spinal injury and was paralysis in an auto accident yet
    has recovered the use of her legs through stem cell extraction.

    Susan had to travel to Portugal in June of 2002 for her treatment, due to
    arcane US laws and the political nature of stem cell research in this
    country, she revealed. Injured in November of 2001, Susan "pursued all
    avenues of research to live my life," she declared, sitting in a wheelchair
    with her legs crossed, then uncrossed. "I recovered the ability to walk and
    to feel my toes," she said.

    In the United States the battle over stem cell research is mostly concerned
    with embryonic cells. In Fajt's case, the cells used were her own olfactory
    stem cells. Surgeons in Portugal extracted them and placed these cells in
    her back the, as she put it "let nature take its course."

    After two months she began to have feeling in her limbs and she has
    continued rehabilitation near and in her Texas home. As she uses cross-
    trainers to increase mobility, Fajt has opened her program to assist others
    in combination therapies for the greater benefit of local Texans afflicted
    with similar difficulties.

    Schmidt and Fajt met just prior to their press conference and, while Sam
    hasn't "been able to take advantage of stem cell research yet," he is
    adamant about promoting the adoption of stem cell research in the United
    States for his on-going battle to regain mobility.

    "The loss of Christopher Reeve last Sunday has made this a really tough week
    for me," Schmidt revealed. "We came from such diverse backgrounds: he grew
    up cultured and refined; I grew up at the race track." Both Reeve and
    Schmidt, though, united through their passion to see cures affected for

    "I was so proud of the amount of energy he put out to help others with
    spinal cord injuries and his loss leaves an extremely large hole to fill,"
    Schmidt said sadly. "He really put a lot of pressure on researchers and lit
    a lot of fires under people. [Until Reeve came along], there was nobody else
    with the energy and ability to get attention" for the plight of paralyzed

    Stem cell research is, of course a hot topic in the United States and one
    that polarizes people. "Embryonics are such a touchy subject," Schmidt
    confirmed. "There's so much controversy in the United States that the
    subject of stem cell research has become almost taboo."

    "Rather than trashing stem cells," Fajt broke in, "we should use them. It's
    possible to use stem cells to help people like us; scientists tell us that.
    Christopher Reeve's death will make our movement stronger," she believes.

    Schmidt has likened the debate over stem cell research to what occurred in
    the 1970s when in vitro fertilization was the debated topic in scientific
    circles. "We have the same type of situation now with stem cell research,"
    and he believes that 30 years from now people might look back and recall
    these debates with incredulity.

    "It's great to see someone so positively affected by stem cell research like
    Susan," Schmidt noted, even as he talked about different states' efforts to
    fund this type of scientific study. "California's Proposition 71 would give
    $250 million to stem cell research," Schmidt said.

    "When big companies can make money from this type of research it will
    [likely] be adopted," he revealed. And people like Sam Schmidt and Susan
    Fajt agreed that, if a cure for paralysis were found, "we'll pay whatever it

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