Coalition Receives National Grassroots Advocacy Award for Efforts to Protect Patient Rights in Missouri

Thursday, September 6, 2007 General News
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ST. LOUIS, Sept. 5 Missouri Coalition for Lifesaving Curescontinues to receive national attention for its grassroots and coalitionbuilding efforts to promote ethical stem cell research and to protect Missourifamilies' access to cures for diseases like Parkinson's, diabetes andAlzheimer's.

Missouri Coalition for Lifesaving Cures has been designated by the boardof the Genetics Policy Institute to receive the 2007 National GrassrootsAdvocacy Award.

Bernard Siegel, executive director of Genetics Policy Institute, said,"Stem cell research represents the promise of innovative medicine to challengeand treat previously incurable diseases. The Missouri Coalition for LifesavingCures and its members recognized the promise and undertook the task ofpresenting this to the Missouri voters. These efforts resulted in the passageof the 2006 Missouri Stem Cell Amendment, a landmark achievement, for whichall Missourians should be proud. Missouri is now at the forefront of healthcare and cutting edge medical research."

"Making sure Missouri families have access to lifesaving cures anddefending vital medical research is a cause that every family in Missouri hasa stake in," said Donn Rubin, chairman of Missouri Coalition for LifesavingCures. "We're grateful that this award recognizes the hard work of so manyMissouri citizens, patients and their families and patient groups who haveworked together to make our state home to the best medical treatments Americahas to offer. We are proud to accept this national grassroots advocacy awardon behalf of our more than 60,000 members, and we vow to keep fighting for thecures that Missouri families need and deserve."

The Missouri Coalition for Lifesaving Cures was formed in early 2005 todefeat repeated attempts in the Missouri legislature to ban some of the mostpromising forms of stem cell research. MCLC quickly grew into the largestgrassroots coalition ever formed to support a ballot measure in Missouri as itadvocated for the Stem Cell Amendment, which was approved by Missouri votersin November. Passage of the Stem Cell Amendment guaranteed Missourians' accessto the newest, federally approved medical treatments and cures available toother Americans and set the ground for Missouri to become a leader in ethicalstem cell research. It also unequivocally banned the cloning of human beings.

The Genetics Policy Institute (GPI) is the catalyst of the "Pro-CuresMovement," a global coalition of pro-research stakeholders and patient groups.The 2007 National Grassroots Advocacy Award will be presented in conjunctionwith "The Stem Cell Summit -- Revolutionary Science and The Hope for Cures,"which will gather a global community patients, doctors, researchers, andadvocates to learn what's new, share ideas, search for solutions and focus onadvancing ethical stem cell research from "the bench to the bedside." The StemCell Summit, co-hosted by Harvard Stem Cell Institute, will take placeOct. 2-3 at Hynes Convention Center in Boston. The awards dinner is on Oct. 2.For more information about the summit or to register, please visit for by Missouri Coalition for Lifesaving Cures, Lindsay Holwick, Treasurer

SOURCE Missouri Coalition for Lifesaving Cures

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