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Embryonic Stem Cell Research Bicycle Tour from Indiana University to Washington D.C.

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THE STORY:

Dear Friends and Family, In October 2009, my mother, Judith Cohn, was diagnosed with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, a fatal neurodegenerative illness. On December 19, 2012, Judy died from cardiac arrest due to the motor neuron degeneration of her bulbar and thoracic diaphragm muscles. Growing up in New Jersey, mom and I spent the most time together in the car listening to rock n' roll, developing a love for the progressive rock band, Queen, during my junior and senior years of high school. As a pulmonary immunologist, Judy devoted the early portion of her medical career in the 1980s to fight against the outbreak of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus / Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (HIV / AIDS). In persuading my high school choral director to have Bohemian Rhapsody by Freddie Mercury as part of my final senior year choir performance, I developed an understanding of HIV / AIDS. Both ALS and HIV / AIDS are chronic degenerative fatal illnesses for which there is currently no cure. However, embryonic stem cell research is leading regenerative medicine in the repair and reproduction of motor neurons and CD4+ T helper cells, in patients with ALS and HIV / AIDS respectively. The goal of this fundraiser is to raise money for regenerative medicine specifically for embryonic stem cell research at universities across the United States. We are truly stronger together by aligning forces in curing the Earth of ALS and HIV / AIDS. Please join me in matching my initial $25.00 donation. Thank you. Be safe and be well. Sincerely, Aaron Mayer Taslitz

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