2011 End of Year Appeal
We Need Your Help!
We'd like to offer our deepest thanks for contributing to the growth and success of the Bedford Research Foundation's work over the past year.
In 2011, Bedford made significant progress toward our mission of curing incurable diseases. Our independence of the federal government for research funding speeds our progress, making treatment advances more likely to be available in the near future. It has been a very productive year and we thank you for helping to make it possible.
In 2012, Bedford continues our major research initiative to find out if newly derived stem cells from male testis hold the key to curing major diseases - and we need your support! If pluripotent stem cells can be derived from every man, it could launch a new era in stem cell research. These cells could:
- Avoid the controversies of using human eggs and embryos for research.
- Solve the need for patient-specific stem cells to avoid transplantation rejection.
- Further break down the barrier between scientific potential and patient treatment.
Bedford's initiative endeavors to answer several important questions:
- Could these stem cells be derived from all men?
- Could they help to treat spinal cord diseases, such as injury, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and multiple sclerosis?
- Could they help cure HIV?
As of December 7, 2011, the Foundation has raised $331,000, enough to launch the first phase of this project. We need to raise an additional $229,000 this year in order to continue the work. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation to support our research this holiday season.
Thank you for your continued commitment to this important work.
Ann A. Kiessling, PhD
Director, Bedford Stem Cell Research Foundation