As of July 10, 2012 your donations made towards Dr. Kaspar's Gene Therapy program have totaled $355,468.51. Could you imagine what this figure would be if every time someone clicked on my blog they would donate $1 towards a cure? There would be almost $6,000,000 donated to date...wow!
Keep in mind the $355,468.51 figure will be matched by an anonymous donor who was touched by my story and wants to help fund a cure for current & future friends with SMA and their families. Keep in mind in order for the match to be made and for your donations to be tax deductible, you must donate through Sophia's Cure Foundation. I also think it's important to note that 100% of all money being donated is going towards Dr. Kaspar's Gene Therapy program!!!
There have been many donations to other organizations, but at this time I do not have a total to provide you. I do believe that with your help, almost $400,000 to date has been donated in my name towards helping my friends with SMA. Thank you again to everyone who has helped, whether it be via donation or by sharing my story, talking to others about SMA, and informing people about my friends who still need help!
Here are some photos from my trip to visit Dr. Kaspar's labs with my mommy, daddy, and the generous man who donated $111,111.11 in my memory and in honor of my birthday.
|Me, mommy, and daddy headed to Ohio!|
|From left: Generous Donor, my daddy, my mommy, Dr. Brian Kaspar, & my friend Sophia's Dad Vincent.|
After leaving the labs, my mommy, daddy, and the very nice man who made the large donation were all extremely impressed with the researchers, their progress with their research, and the efforts they are making towards an advancement in curing SMA. Though we could not take pictures of the animals, we did get to see mice, rats, and monkeys with SMA who were being treated by Dr. Kaspar. I believe the coolest thing we saw on the entire trip was when a little mouse with SMA was running all over the place with other non-SMA mice. Here's how I saw it through my daddy's face:
At first the SMA mouse was let out of his cage and he just laid still. You could see panic and disappointment in daddy's face.
Then the little fella barely moved while other mice were running all around him. Daddy was not happy. But if you think daddy was worried and upset, you should have seen the face of the generous man who made the large donation...he looked like mommy did during her first trimester with me in her tummy. BUT THEN...
The little mouse started army crawling around and before you know it, he was running around faster than most of the other mice!!! Apparently he thought he was a possum and not a mouse, either that or he told all of his mouse friends watch this, haha. Can you believe it though? A mouse with SMA has a life expectancy of less than 15 days. This mouse was 60 days old and moving around better than other mice without SMA! It was truly an amazing site to see when you also consider some of the mice with SMA who are being treated by Dr. Kaspar are living up to 365 days! To put this into further perspective, even the healthiest of mice aren't expected to live more than 2 years in a lab.
Dr. Kaspar's treatment is not only helping mice, but the FDA has already approved his research in non-human primates and is currently not requiring any further studies on non-human primates. So the next logical step is for the FDA to give approval to Dr. Kaspar to begin clinical studies for my friends. Come on FDA! What are you waiting for?
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Items I Can Scratch Off My Bucket List:
2. Go on an out of state trip with mommy & daddy.
3. Meet new friends
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